What really happens in the heart of Brittany to everyday ex-pats? We have all read the ‘air brushed’ versions of the idyllic lifestyle down in southern France and the ramblings of some authors with their cosy life in their rural retreats, and the plethora of escapism TV programs cleverly edited to make more exciting viewing! But let us scratch beneath the surface as we follow the Taylor's from their mundane lifestyle in the UK to France. What will be the fallout when “white van man” and his family arrive in a tiny hamlet in a small Brittany village? Will they upset the French locals or will there be more sparks flying from other ex-pats! How much strain will it put on their relationship, will they cope in a foreign country with so many different laws and idiosyncrasies? The Taylor's in France will give you a real insight into the real rural, ex-pats lives, so sit back open a nice bottle of French wine and enjoy the ride.
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
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.
Mrs. Lorna K. Cooke "Breton book worm" (Brittany, France)
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