My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream (The Good Life France)
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With sneak peeks into the Mexican themed party, complete with castle owner and hostess dressed as a cactus, the elderly sexy barmaid and the vet who, in disbelieve, cares for the stray cats and dogs Janine collects, you will want to pack up sticks and move to France yourself. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observation on the very different way of life, culture and etiquette of France. Much of the book is humorous, detailing their learning the ins and outs of life in France, with dealing with French bureaucracy, French views on standing in lines or kissing versus hugging or on social etiquette in visiting people’s homes, and the ins and outs of rural life, from fixing up a very old farmhouse in poor shape to dealing with a septic system to growing a garden to managing their ever increasing menagerie on the property, including ducks, chickens, cats, dogs, and one sheep.
Janine's affection for France, particularly the region where she lives and her enjoyment of the life she and her husband have created is what makes reading about it an uplifting experience.Perfectly Provence articles and other content may not be published, broadcast, rewritten (including translations into other languages) or redistributed without written permission. Mind you after the first chapter or so I did feel sorry for Mark, on a personal note a bit disappointed I don't get a mention but I trust I will in the sequel , Tom Cruise has agreed to play me in the film. Nestled in a tiny town in France’s Seven Valleys area, near Calais, the house was a bit of a fixer-upper. An enjoyable read though the 'townie' picture painted of both main characters does not always endear them to the reader, particularly within earlier chapters.
French people truly value their culture, heritage and history – and the French language is a big part of that. It’s not quite like living on the vineyard… you need to have a relative who lives there to have that privilege. And then we'll share some of the incredible facts about this towering icon, how she was almost sent to Montreal in Canada all 2.This book follows them through the good, the bad, the hard, and the amusing times, it portrays the quirkinesses of the French, who can be hugely amusing and it was really entertaining. She gives us a peek into the lifestyle of the people living in these small villages and how she learned to adapt. That auspicious day turned into a new address, a change of lifestyle and jettisoned both Janine and Mark Marsh towards fresh career pursuits. The book came out in the UK in May 2017, and to my immense surprise (and it’s such a thrill) it’s become a best seller in the UK.
The book could perhaps have done with more extensive descriptions of the neighbouring towns and villages in this north-east corner of France, within an easy drive of Calais and the cross-Channel ferries or Eurotunnel. This is the true story of her rollercoaster ride, in many ways a love story, with her sharp observations on the very different way of life, culture, and etiquette of France. There are times when France smells better than any place on earth…the boulangerie early in the morning when the baguettes are still warm, sun-soaked lavender in July, the cheesy blast that hits you over the head in a Michelin restaurant when the server rolls back the cover of the chariot de fromages.
In fact the 'Allo 'Allo type narration is a little bit cringe worthy in places, I think i'd have preferred the author to actually narrate this herself but c'est la vie (see what I did there). The people are friendly and the surrounding towns and villages have great character, plus all sorts of unique traditions.