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My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream Paperback – 4 May 2017
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Warm, uplifting, and effervescent...Janine's voice and humor bubbles right off the page, making you want to pack your bags and visit her fixer-upper home in rural France (Samantha Verant)
If you've ever dreamed of discovering "the real France," you won't want to miss this delightful book (Keith Van Sickle)
Ten years ago, Janine Marsh decided to leave her corporate life behind to fix up a run-down barn in northern France. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride.See all Product description
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Be warned; even though Janine is frank and shares so many personal stories of woe and horror (all with her endless good humour)... you will read so much between the lines and want to move to France immediately. Or at the very least, book a holiday here. Well, you can't say we didn't warn you...
I loved the initial serendipity of 'just by chance', leaving the port area and just happening to look in an estate agents window. How often have I done that? - - and then actually going for it - the dream. Up sticks and move. Wonderful. And what a menagerie was collected - my goodness!
I loved this book for the ways it portrays the quirkinesses of the French- which are hugely amusing and which reflect my experiences and views - really entertaining. Love people watching in France. So free, confident, unrestrained..
It is well written, a lovely read, entertaining, sad,, realistic, interesting and showing that if you make the effort to join in, to assimilate even to a degree, the French can be so warm, generous beyond words, charming, irritating, amusing and most adorable people.
This book , in my view, showed all of that - but then, as I said, I am a Francophile and totally biased. I do hope that there will be some sort of sequel, perhaps with a photo or two.
The surprising success of her web-site has lead to numerous friendships and this book. An enjoyable taste of France.
Anyone who knows someone that has made the decision to up sticks for a better life in France will know that there are many obstacles on the way and if indeed you do make it through the red tape and logistics you deserve a medal!
This journey started many years ago and our intrepid pair have made it through to utopia. Along the way I have found out details of many places that I would love to visit. Thank you?
I recommend this book to anyone who is looking to stay or live in this part of France. It is an excellent insight to Northern France and guide to places to visit which you will not find in a normal guide book.
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