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Praise from San Francisco, CA,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Parrot in the Pepper Tree: A Sort of Sequel to Driving Over Lemons (Paperback)
I suspect by now every ex-pat in Spain has come across or read Stewart's 'Driving Over Lemons.' So picking up "Parrot in the Pepper Tree" was a special treat.
Both books are collections of short stories about Stewart's experiences in Southern Spain. I enjoyed Stewart's books mostly because they are fun, honest, and refreshingly, unvarnished. It is, frankly, a welcome departure from the "Under the Tuscan Sun" fare that seem to clog bookshelves today, books that appear more romantic than true.
Though we are not year-round residents of Spain, we appreciate the way Stewart's protects life in the Spanish countryside by keeping most of the people, places and events in Andalusia largely anonymous.
Like Stewart, my wife and I joined the Spanish homeowner fraternity about four years ago. We shunned the coast for the countryside. Chose small-town life in Andalusia vs. the remote finca. Then rebuilt our house, learned the language and suffered the pains of the Spanish bureacracy, like Stewart. If we read "Driving Over Lemons" first, I doubt we would have bought our Spanish home. But four years later, we appreciate what we have today, precisely because we worked so hard earn our our Spanish neighbors trust.