Christmas - Dream Cottage: Four Seasons in Devon by the Sea on the Southwest Coast of England: Part OneSweet Pea Publishing #ad - In part one of a new four-part serial, karen Wheeler returns – after eight years in France – to live by the seaside on England’s southwest coast. Wheeler is left reeling when Plum Tree Cottage reveals a very unwelcome surprise. Living the dream by the seaside rapidly descends into a living hell as each day brings a new onslaught of domestic and mother-related disasters, in this powerful, tragicomic tale of relocation – and a maternal relationship – gone wrong.
If you've ever dreamed of moving to Devon, with its beautiful coastline, quaint thatched cottages and stunning sunsets, here's how not to do it. Fans of karen wheeler's writing – and of Gail Honeyman's Elinor Oliphant – will love this unforgettable, superbly written and ultimately life-affirming memoir.
Christmas - Dream Cottage: Four Seasons in Devon by the Sea on the Southwest Coast of England: Part One #ad - She then receives the shocking news that her mother – from whom she has been estranged for most of her life – has been sectioned. But the author takes on more than she bargained for when she buys a dream cottage near Budleigh Salterton on East Devon's Jurassic Coast. The problems begin before she has even moved in.
Spring - Dream Cottage: Four Seasons in Devon Part 3Sweet Pea Publishing #ad - One woman, one dog… and a disastrous move to Devon. In part three of this laugh-out-loud series of mini e-books, the author finally moves into her 'unlucky' cottage, desperate to start living the coastal dream. But it’s not long before she is fielding a whole new set of disasters in this hilarious, heart-warming and brilliantly written tale of relocation gone wrong.
Part 4: A darkly comic memoir of how not to move to Devon - Dream Cottage Summer Four Seasons in Devon by the SeaSweet Pea Publishing #ad - If you've ever dreamed of moving to Devon, with its beautiful coastline, quaint thatched cottages and stunning sunsets, here's how not to do it. In the fourth and final instalment of this exceptionally funny series of mini e-books, the author is taken to a cliff edge – literally. One woman, one dog… and a disastrous move to Devon.
. Fans of karen wheeler's writing and of gail honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant will love this hilarious, life-affirming and brilliantly written tale of relocation – and a mother-daughter relationship – gone wrong.
Sweet Encore: A Road Trip from Paris to Portugal, via northern Spain Tout Sweet Book 4Sweet Pea Publishing #ad - Meanwhile, sweet encore is sprinkled with anecdotes form the author’s previous life as a fashion editor – meeting Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in New York, a new expat is behaving very badly indeed… Featuring a quirky cast of characters in the French countryside, back in France, incurring the wrath of a famous Italian fashion designer, and receiving an invitation to a private dinner with Madonna in Milan.
She also discovers lisbon’s best-kept secret and how to ‘be like a bee’ in Madeira. Accompanied by her sixteen-year-old niece and her charismatic black dog Biff, the author mingles with surfers in Biarritz, upsets religious pilgrims in Fatima and learns never to argue with a Spanish waiter. Her latest memoir – the long-awaited sequel to tout soul – features more tales from the French countryside and takes the reader on a 3000-kilometre road trip from Paris to Lisbon, via northern Spain and Portugal.
Sweet Encore: A Road Trip from Paris to Portugal, via northern Spain Tout Sweet Book 4 #ad - Karen wheeler quit her fast-paced life as a fashion editor, for a slow and supposedly more peaceful life in rural France. So, pour yourself a glass of something chilled, sit back and enjoy a sparkling summer read.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A MemoirTroubador Publishing #ad - John searancke came to the role of hotelkeeper almost accidentally, and most definitely with much reluctance. After his parents’ marriage fell apart, frankly, a barely-trading country house hotel that had, he was dragooned in, to pick up the pieces of their new venture, at the age of 22, seen better days.
Over the years, and with the steepest of learning curves, the grand old building was renovated and transformed to meet the requirements of the modern discerning traveller. There were to be battles royal with neighbours not wanting their status quo to be altered, and with the local fire authority who sought to impose draconian new safety measures.
This is a tribute to all the people behind the scenes who helped to make the hard-won transformation into a great success. Many were the guests who checked in who really should not have been seen together. Not only was it posting an annual loss, but the fabric of the building was crumbling and there was no money left to make improvements.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A Memoir #ad - A rescue mission originally thought of as lasting for a year or two turned into a 35 year lifetime love affair with a beautiful old building. The local fire station next door was demolished one foggy night, people were frightened by flying dogs and snakes in the long grass, and there were, as befits a country house, strange goings on in the night.
. Stories abound featuring idiosyncratic guests, overbearing public bodies, fractured family life and animals of all shapes and sizes. Accolades for the hotel and its restaurant were won; together they became a well-regarded destination for a number of celebrities – and those that deemed themselves to be celebrities but were not.
Tout Soul: The Pursuit of Happiness in Rural France Tout Sweet Book 3Sweet Pea Publishing #ad - But then she makes a discovery that changes everything. In the year that follows, she decides to cure heartbreak by seeking happiness in small things. But nothing could have prepared her for the tragedy to come. Tout soul will make you laugh and make you cry in equal measure. Having quit her fast-paced life as a fashion editor in London for a new life in France, Karen appears to have it all: a cute dog, a charismatic Portuguese boyfriend and a quirky collection of French and expat friends.
A french Memoir.
Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France Tout Sweet Book 2Sweet Pea Publishing #ad - Her idyll is almost complete when she is blissfully ensconced in her fully plumbed, floored and ‘warm as the hug of a pashmina’ Maison Coquelicot – until, tiled, a gang of macho Portuguese builders, that is, a procession of Brits behaving badly and the ghosts of boyfriends past begin to arrive on her doorstep.
Karen soon finds her dancing feet in the small rural community when she discovers the key to acceptance is le danse country. There is so much to look forward to in the months ahead – to lengthening evenings, bike rides past fields of sunflowers or wild meadows of bluebells and poppies just like the seventies Flake ad and several months of fetes, vide greniers car boot sales and barbecues in friends’ gardens.
Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France Tout Sweet Book 2 #ad - After reaching the heights as a successful fashion editor, in central western France, the author said goodbye to all that and set about renovating a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, and living a simpler life. And after a few shuffles and twirls she meets the love of her life – he has dark, shaggy hair, four paws and a wet nose….
Same Circus Different Clowns: The South of France - A Sunny Place for Shady People#ad - As lights flashed everywhere and with a villa full of rental guests, would he have to explain himself or had he managed to get away with it?Just managing to slip the grasp of one mentally deranged employer, Brent and Debbie set about finding someone to work for who had at least a modicum of sanity. Following his first book cookham to cannes, debbie, Brent Tyler continues his mad adventure in the south of France along with his wife, and their dog, Guss who is as baffled at what happens to them as everyone else.
The lunacy continues as in the early hours of one morning, Brent finds himself in the middle of a lawn with nothing to protect his dignity but a mop. As you’re about to discover, this was not going to be an easy task. Desperately wanting to stay living and working in their adopted home of the south of France, would Brent and Debbie finally get settled?
Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in FranceSourcebooks #ad - But when her boyfriend, eric, leaves she makes an unexpected decision: to hang up her Manolos and wave good-bye to her glamorous city lifestyle to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, central western France. Tout sweet is the perfect read for anyone who dreams of chucking away their BlackBerry in favor of real blackberrying and downshifting to a romantic, alluring locale where new friendships–and new loves–are just some of the treasures to be found amongst life's simple pleasures.
In her mid-thirties, a fab flat in west london, fashion editor Karen has it all: a handsome boyfriend, and an array of gorgeus shoes.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in ProvenceDresher Publishing #ad - It’s all about the tonguethe first time we had a class with Geneviève, she pulled a book off a shelf and asked us to each read a few paragraphs to test our pronunciation. Here, check my hand!” It was cold and clammy. As she spoke, geneviève began jotting notes on a pad of paper. I think word had gotten out that there were Americans coming over who sort of spoke French and everyone wanted to see this oddity, kind of like a three-headed cat.
What if they put me in handcuffs and haul me off to jail? Will you know how to bail me out?” I didn’t think I would but this was definitely not the time to point that out. Can two americans really become french?Val and Keith turned their lives upside down when they quit their jobs to begin a part-time life in Provence.
When it was my turn she put down her pen and started laughing out loud and wiping her eyes. If you want the inside scoop on la belle france, you won’t want to miss this delightful book!From the BookVive La France!The first clue that this was not going to be a simple apéritif was when we walked into the house and saw that it was full of people.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in Provence #ad - After a few sentences she started grinning. Out of gasbetween guests and food and exercise and reading and living a French life, our days are full. I knew we were in trouble as soon as Val started. Or maybe they’d been watching old American movies and thought we would show up with cowboy hats and six shooters and do tricks with our lassoes.