I got this book from NetGalley for review, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from it–except some beautiful scenery, judging from the cover.
Marty and Eileen–a couple–have achieved their dream of purchasing a farmhouse/summer retreat in a village in France. The book starts with the couple’s attempt at learning French, their first visit to the country, their decision to buy a house in France and their first trip to the said house with their dauhter Sara. But, before they can start the summer in their farmhouse, all hell–or rather the boiler of their new house–breaks loose. And this is just the beginning! In the first couple of years, everything that could go wrong with (or in) their house, did go wrong. I liked the way Marty and Eileen overcame all these obstacles; working like a, to quote Marty, “well-oiled machine”.
Overall, this was a delightful novel. The author has done a wonderful job of highlighting the difficulties faced by tourists due to cross-cultural differences. I loved the descriptions of rural France with its postcard worthy scenery, friendly neighbours–though these can be found anywhere–the narrator’s sense of humor, the village festivals and the night markets. By the end, I was convinced that I am going to spend my post-retirement life in rural France, enjoying the view with a glass of rosé in hand! Also, the author has included the recipe of every mouthwatering dish mentioned in the chapters, which is something I appreciate and I’m sure many other readers will appreciate too.
I totally recommend this book, especially if you are looking for some light reading.