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Clochemerle meets Candleford
on 31 May 2011
What a delight this book is.
It is rare to find a genuinely funny & moving book that keeps you (in my case) rapidly turning each page & ignoring familial demands, because I really wanted to know what would happen next !
Julia Stagg has produced a novel that is not only great fun....the running joke about poor French cooking is a delight, with a punch line to die for !( I don't want to spoil it for other readers ); but is also moving ,without mawkish sentiment.
The cast of characters is a joyful mix of the naive (the English), the unintelligably wise (Annie) & hissably Machiavellian(the Mayor).
My only complaint, & it's HUGE, is , that this book only covers the first 3 months of ownership of the Auberge. All I can say is Ms Stagg needs to write the sequel quickly, because I'm already suffering from Fougas withdrawal symptoms.
This has the potential to be a series which will run, & run. And if the BBC or ITV are looking for their next big thing, they could do worse than look at this.
I've already lost my Vine copy of this book...my mother ran off with it, & I've ordered 3 copies to give as present's . Yes, I really do think it's THAT good.....Enjoy...I did