Starting in Brittany, they motorhome along the Atlantic Coast south to the Pyrenees, then follow the Mediterranean resorts to the Alps before juddering off towards the north coast across terrifyingly high mountain causeways. But on the second day of their journey Tinkerbelle begins to self-destruct, helped by the new dog who does his best to eat her from the inside out. This is their story, as they travel from sandy beaches to snow-topped mountains exploring the diverse cultures, cuisines and countryside making up the country called France. Their journey takes them to places out of the ordinary, meeting interesting characters and witnessing ancient traditions. While the dogs rejoice in the freedom they find running on the beaches, Susie and Terry spend a lot of time holding their breath, wondering whether their clapped out old campervan called Tinkerbelle will manage to negotiate impossible mountain routes and get them home before she completely disintegrates.
‘There are a handful of authors that will achieve that elusive trick of making you laugh out loud. For me it's James Herriot, Bill Bryson & Susie Kelly.’ French Entree Magazine June 2013
‘Wow, what a road trip. The chaos that is Tinkerbelle with two adults and two large dogs, one still a puppy who delights in eating non-edibles, makes for some very funny tales to read.’ French Village Diaries
‘One of the best holiday reads this year. Travelogue with a difference...’ Az US
‘Its not often that you find a book that is both entertaining and extremely informative at the same time.’ Az US
‘I felt like I was right there in Tinkerbelle with them all. I could almost smell wet dog. I hope Susie and her husband have many more adventures and let me tag along via her next great book. Keep them coming Susie!’ Az US
‘I just love reading Susie's books. Her travel books contain loads of helpful information, plenty of humor and often the odd tear. I even slowed down my usual reading pace to try and make it last longer. Download it, read it and enjoy it.’ Az US
Travels with Tinkerbelle is a personal story sprinkled with humor but also a France guidebook full of history and practical information. Dog lovers who enjoy dog humor, France lovers who enjoy travel humor, and fans of travel writing of the highest calibre, like Bill Bryson, Tim Moore and Peter Mayle, will love this book.
Enhanced features include links to more information about the most significant places visited on the trip and an accompanying online photo album.