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Vantastic France. Follow the adventures of a family moving to France
 
 

Vantastic France. Follow the adventures of a family moving to France [Kindle Edition]

Steve Bichard
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Barry Taylor decides to buy a Farmhouse in France on Ebay without even seeing it, to escape from a boring life in the UK.

Cracks soon begin to appear not only with the house but also with other ex-pats that resent 'White Van Man' turning up with his family in their little hamlet.

Clarissa, the snooty neighbour is a force to be reckoned with, but Barry is a good match for her as long as he keeps his temper in place.

Affairs, weddings, funerals and a birth are all parts of the plot to this light-hearted entertaining novel. Some would call it fiction, but many who have read it have recognised some very familiar traits in most of the characters.

Vantastic France is a down to earth look at simple rural life in France.

REVIEWS
'gossips, fist fights, drink drivers expats in France says it all,'

'I loved it. As an expat living in France it is so true to life here. A really enjoyable read'

'Entertaining French farce featuring a mostly-English cast.'

I bought this where it was listed as a travel title, but see the book description here and the introduction, which both state clearly this is a work of fiction. So, don't expect a tale of "here's what happened to me", but do expect a funny story with some outlandish characters, some of which MAY be based on real life. Or they may not be. Either way, a fun read.

I enjoyed reading this book. It seems to be typical of family life - not just in France - anywhere. As one other reviewer said it would make a wonderful TV series. Hope there will be a sequel.

About the Author

Steve Bichard was born in Guernsey on the Channel Islands. He has travelled widely, but now spends a great deal of time in France where the novel is based.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146996032X
  • Publisher: Steve Bichard; 2 edition (8 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006TJV02S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Steve Bichard was born on Guernsey in the Channel Islands, but spends much of his time in France.

Vantastic France was conceived after Steve spending many hours listening to the trials and tribulations of ex-pats living in France.

Although, all of his characters are fictional in his first published novel, it highlights some of the highs and lows of embarking on a new life in France.
It is a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek holiday read.


Vantastic France is also available as a paperback on Amazon.

Steve bichard's website is stevebichard.com
Twitter @SteveBichard

Review
I was happy to spend a few euros to upload this book to my kindle as I saw it as a novelty but didn't have high hopes of a literary masterpiece - and a lot of those are free for kindle anyway! I live in France and expected a very light superficial read and was planning to read it a little at a time whilst reading Nicholas Nickleby.

Well, I have to say I was in for a surprise. It wasn't long before I was so absorbed in Vantastic France that Dickens had to wait until I'd finished it. There are a lot of light hearted fun moments in the book but it is also a very honest and real narrative about what living in France is really like for English ex pats (of which I am one, in Brittany, where the story is set) and for the Breton people who have to put up with us!

Vantastic France, is, however, much more than the above. It is also a very moving story properly constructed, which deals with issues such as loyalty, snobbery, family secrets and difficulties in second-time-round relationships and step parenting.
Go Steve go and right that sequel! Also please think about releasing Vantastic France in paperback as I would buy it as a gift for friends and family who don't have an eBook reader. This is not just a book for ex pats living in France, it is a heart warming story about real people that leaves the reader wanting more.

By
Mrs. Lorna K. Cooke "Breton book worm" (Brittany, France)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tres Bon! 6 Jan. 2014
By Scotty
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I bought this where it was listed as a travel title, but see the book description here and the introduction, which both state clearly this is a work of fiction. So, don't expect a tale of "here's what happened to me", but do expect a funny story with some outlandish characters, some of which MAY be based on real life. Or they may not be. Either way, a fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I downloaded this book thinking it was a non-fiction account of moving to France, but soon found out I was wrong. It is a novel set around a move to France! However, once I had realised that fact, I settled down to read it and found it to be a pleasant enough story. Not an earth-shattering classic, but highly readable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what I imagined 4 Nov. 2013
By Nsxfan
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I was expecting more of a 'fish out of water' type of story, but tis was more about the characters than the fact it was set in France.. That doesn't make it a bad book, but I was hoping for a comedy about circumstance and situation. That said, I will read any sequels that Steve writes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Family life 9 Oct. 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. It seems to be typical of family life - not just in France - anywhere. As one other reviewer said it would make a wonderful TV series. Hope there will be a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think I've met Barry 24 April 2013
By KazzieB
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For anyone who has lived in France as an ex-pat, you will not fail to spot the characters in Steve Bichards novel, every commune has it's fair share of Clarissa's and Barry's. Steve has portrayed the roguish hero Barry with his mad cap plans and long suffering wife to great comic effect. I warmed to Barry and his antics, as he circumnavigates his life in a small village in rural Brittany. This is a refreshingly honest account of what happens in many ex-pat societies, how they still drive English registered cars despite being in France for years, work on the black and skirt about the law, running unregistered B&B's These are things you don't hear about too much in the rose tinted glasses, stories that pander to those who dream of an idilic life in France. A fun entertaining read that wouldn't go a miss as a TV series, hurry up with the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic French Fun 12 April 2013
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An amusing and fun tale of white van man's invasion into rural France. Some great characters making this a witty and at times emotional enthralling read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 16 Jan. 2013
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I enjoyed this book and it was very funny at times, but the main character was not very believeable. He seemed to be his own worst enemy. The ending was very rushed, it felt like the author had run out of ideas and the other characters were very stereotipical (although I have met some people like this in France).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 8 Jan. 2013
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We live in Brittany and this book made a great Christmas gift for a friend who also lives here and like us enjoys Breton life
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by suzi
4.0 out of 5 stars A fab read, funny too
A really lovely light hearted read. Full of humour, you can really identify with these characters. Can't wait for the next book :)
Published 2 months ago by Sue G
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent book for those who dream of living in France or love to holiday in France. Definitely would recommend this book.
Published 8 months ago by Amanda Barnes
1.0 out of 5 stars not really what I was expecting
I struggled with this book, the storyline was OK but the writing was a bit simplistic, I kept thinking that this is probably the author's first attempt at writing
Published 11 months ago by M. Newell
5.0 out of 5 stars blue angel
Really enjoyed this book, all seemed truly believable, nice change from expats finding France and all things French to be easy.
Published 11 months ago by Gwyneth Holley
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic could not put it down
I always enjoy people's trials and tribulations about moving to France,this book gave that along with an excellent story line that made it very enjoyable and left me wanting to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Andrew Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and sad but with a nice happy ending
Great read. Having made the move ourselves 6years ago. I really thought Steve brought the place to life. Wold make a good wee movie
Published 14 months ago by carol landa
2.0 out of 5 stars Just as irritating as the question "Are we nearly there yet?"
The story of a family who pack up and go to live in France. It follows the trials of living in a small community where there are other ex-pats. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bookworm
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