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- Print Length: 195 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B007WDYNWO
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- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Heads Above Water: Staying Afloat in France Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting, enjoyable and often amusing account of a family's move to France. I moved myself a year ago and experienced many of the same hassles and problems, especially... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B Daniel
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interesting, informative and witty it has increased my desire to move to France one day. I look forward to the next installment!Published 3 months ago by Emma Rowley
Very interesting with subtle humour running through. It must have been a huge challenge to cope with the idiotic French bureaucracy (I know... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nel Dee
It's a gentle story based on real life, though with enough going on to make it interesting. I found it and engaging and enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by Jas
It's great to find a book you really hate to put down and can't wait for the next time you pick it up. Read morePublished 8 months ago by danroid
An enormously informative book about the perseverance needed to settle in another country. Stephanie tells of the bureaucracy that has to be dealt with by expats relocating... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Francophile