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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming love story meets a tale of survival... well nearly, 27 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Head Over Heels in France: Falling in Love in the Lot (Paperback)
A positive and amusing book that you won't put down until the end, this love story has it all: the hunky hero, the vulnerable yet feisty heroine, the French setting that ticks all the boxes: the friendly café owner, the shameless love cheats, the unruly British dogs gaining the acceptance of their new master - and even a catty love rival for our heroine. I love that this love rival doesn't even have the gumption to admit her interest in the hero! As with many of the characters, Sam has observed and written this with a profound credibility while keeping the overall content of the book light.

Although our heroine starts out financially broken and seriously lacking in morale, as an expat French housewife myself (that is, a Brit married to a Frenchman), I can be absolutely positive that the wedding will NOT mark the end of Sam's troubles!

Take in the heady summer evenings "bien arrosées" (washed down with plenty of chilled wine) - but don't miss the sneering comments about a Brit's lack of French language skills - from a compatriot, if you please.... one of her many accurate observations about expat life. Don't gloss over, either, Sam's description of the one-way effort required to fit in in a culture where conformity is the order of the day! Have a giggle at the antics of two lovers and their unwitting families navigating a course between each others' sentimental (British) and practical (French) takes on life. Enjoy the pantomime interspersed with beautifully-written descriptive passages - all from the safety of your deckchair back in good old Blighty - and be glad that you're still there, France is less hedonistic than you might think.

I'll be book marking Sam's page to see how she manages to build a way back to prosperity. I've got a feeling she'll have a way of making a struggle seem fun! As I grimace at yet another of my own mediterranean mother-in-law's "do"s and "don't"s, I'll think of the positive spin! This book should be read by would-be ex-pats to France, and they should also look out for any sequel!

I have a feeling that this book would also be a resource for those who suffer from depression. More subtle and far more amusing than a turn-yourself-around manual, it's nonetheless a contribution to this field, to my mind. Take heed from Sam's description of a sufferer's true (overwhelmed) reaction to a pile of self-help books - give this book to someone who needs some sunshine in their life - but be careful what you wish for!!!
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