In Foreign Fields: How Not To Move To France Paperback – 27 Nov 2018
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She tells it with such kindness and humour that it puts me back there, in that time, renewing happy memories.
How she coped with her circumstances in that first winter in a barn of a place with plastic sheeting for a door I do not know...all I can say is 'chapeau'! It is recounted without bitterness for the reasons that found her in that situation and rings absolutely true of the heaps of stones masquerading as houses that the British were buying up at the time.
We were spared the members of the Britpack that she describes...but, oh boy, did they exist! From likeable chancers to real exploiters, she describes them so well...but, again,always kindly.
I enjoy Susie's books, always literate, always accurate...and always delightful.
Read it and immerse yourself in life in that time and in that place.
I have never lived in France but have spent many a holiday in the same region that Susie lives in and indeed my sister lives there still.
The description of the tumbledown collection of buildings that Susie and Terry has purchased made me shiver at the thought of the hard winters ahead of them. No heating, no bathroom facilities and no electric power!!
It our heroine is a tough cookie. Lack of money forced on them by their businesses hitting the buffers meant that Terry had to return to the uk to work and keep their dream alive. That guy must be a very special kind on man.
Susie, an animal lover begins to find out about the people around her. Many take liberties of her kind helpful nature but it is quite clear that she bears go grudges and only sees the good in people.
Susie makes friends fairly easily wither French neighbours and works herd on studying the language.
The older neighbours tell Susie the stories of their childhoods and how the countryside and farming methods are changing.
This book is an honest one, not full of fluffy expat experiences about being English in France, more an English couple ready to become French In France.
I truly admire Susie and Terry’s tenacity to see it all through, To welcoming guests into the newly refurbished out buildings.
But more than all this, the warmth Susie obviously feels for her fellow villagers and the characters that we are introduced to comes across in spades!
And I wholeheartedly agree with you about French bread.