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Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France by [Dagg, Stephanie]
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Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Length: 195 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WDYNWO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love this sort of book... I enjoy reading about other people who decide for one reason or another to up sticks and travel or move to another country altogether.This book was easy to read,, it included a lot of detail about how difficult it is sometimes to settle in a new country. The paperwork alone would be enough to put most folks off !! It was lovely to hear how the children settled into a new life and how they all coped with the experience of setting their new life.A few funny moments ,, I understand there is a new book coming out soon. I cant wait!!
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Heads Above Water

For anyone wishing to start a new life in France, then 'Heads Above Water' is book you have to read. It is a real live story about a family moving from Ireland to France and the authors heart and soul has been laid on the line.

As many people know life does not always run as smoothly as we would like when moving to a new country, but our spirit of adventure keeps us going. For some people it is to easy to throw in the towel and return to their native lands, sometimes with their tail between their legs. But the Dagg's are made of stronger stuff and took on every challenge that was thrown at them.

I have to admit that in their shoe's I might have given in, French bureaucracy can be soul destroying and coping with unhappy children just adds to the pain.

Stephanie's story is extremely well written, so much so that you feel you are with them going through the pains and joys. Yes it is not all doom and gloom, in fact most of it is entertaining and very funny.

Like other readers I am looking forward to a sequel, major hurdles have been jumped so life should be more settled for them. However I am sure that Stephanie has many more exciting exploits for us to follow in the future.
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Very funny, even when it got serious - and starting a life and a business in France turns out to be a very serious business indeed. The author and her family remain indomitable throughout and provide an absolutely fascinating glimpse into an alternate lifestyle.

It's still a tempting lifestyle, even with all their tribulations, but packing a sense of humour when dealing with bureaucracy, a foreign language, large carp and larger llamas is probably a prerequisite.

I enjoyed this very much and would recommend it as essential reading for anyone thinking of moving to France. For those who aren't, you may need to skip a paragraph here and there where the bureaucrats have made themselves felt, but a general treat. I'll definitely get the follow-up when it comes out.
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I downloaded Stephaine's book after coming across her blog via another author. As an expat myself in Greece, I like to read books about people who have also bitten the bullet and been brave enough to start again. And "Heads Above Water" did not disappoint.
I found myself relating all the way - especially the section about French bureaucrats and the sheer frustration of trying to live life legally and do the right thing, only to be given the run around and be met with unhelpful and downright rude civil servants (try living in Greece!) But this was told with humour and not once did I feel Stephanie wanted sympathy.

Her dry wit carries this book through to the end - thank you, Stephanie, for sharing your experiences with us.
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Very enjoyable read about a family who move to France and into the hovel that looked so romantic at an earlier viewing to find it has one plug and no plumbing. Life for the family is filled with lessons - some funny, some not so funny. The book is filled with little snippets of information about life in France and the various bureaucratic requirements it brings. With three kids in tow Stephanie and her husband have to learn quickly how to get them into school and sit through long long nights of school presentations! The author's personality comes through - a very determined lady who is prepared to work hard and never gives in... I'm looking forward to the next book.
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I enjoyed this, I think it offers a true reflection of a move to another country. One chapter rang very true for me, the one where the author is describing all the difficulties of getting the correct official documents and permits. My husband and I have also experienced this, though we at least were in the UK. Trying to get all the planning permissions, permits, licenses etc to get our small campsite business up and running. I too dread the post arriving and Sunday is also my favourite day for the same reason. I too experienced depression for a long time afterwards. It's a pity things have to be so difficult as it definitely took the shine off things for me. Anyway, because of that shared experience, this is why I think this is a very 'real' book and I am looking forward to the next one. I wish all the family well.
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An eye opener for those thinking of living and making a living in France. Having lived in France for sometime, we learnt things from the author and family experiences, that even we couldn't believe. Entertaining and hilarious at times, frustrating and ridiculous as well, the red tape is mind boggling, no wonder the French economy is so bad. Loved following the families experiences, the children in particular.
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