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. Fans of karen wheeler's writing – and of Gail Honeyman's Elinor Oliphant – will love this unforgettable, superbly written and ultimately life-affirming memoir.
Dream Cottage: Four Seasons in Devon by the Sea on the Southwest Coast of England: Part One - Christmas #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. 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. Wheeler is left reeling when Plum Tree Cottage reveals a very unwelcome surprise.
Dream Cottage: Four Seasons in Devon by the Sea: Part 2 - WinterSweet Pea Publishing #ad - In part two of this darkly comic four-part series about moving to East Devon, Karen Wheeler has bought an idyllic cottage by the sea – only for it to spring some unpleasant surprises. Meanwhile, her estranged mother in 'The North' has recently been diagnosed with dementia. The story resumes as the author – who has been forced to seek refuge in a nearby holiday park with her dog Biff – tries to deal with the escalating problems at Plum Tree Cottage….
Dream Cottage: Four Seasons in Devon Part 3 - SpringSweet Pea Publishing #ad - 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.
One woman, one dog… and a disastrous move to Devon.
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 - 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. 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 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 - 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.
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.
Sweet Encore: A Road Trip from Paris to Portugal, via northern Spain Tout Sweet Book 4 #ad - . She also discovers lisbon’s best-kept secret and how to ‘be like a bee’ in Madeira. 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 - 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. 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.
Many were the guests who checked in who really should not have been seen together. 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. This is a tribute to all the people behind the scenes who helped to make the hard-won transformation into a great success.
The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A Memoir #ad - John searancke came to the role of hotelkeeper almost accidentally, and most definitely with much reluctance. 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. 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.
The local fire station next door was demolished one foggy night, and there were, as befits a country house, people were frightened by flying dogs and snakes in the long grass, strange goings on in the night. After his parents’ marriage fell apart, he was dragooned in, frankly, to pick up the pieces of their new venture, at the age of 22, a barely-trading country house hotel that had, seen better days.
Stories abound featuring idiosyncratic guests, overbearing public bodies, fractured family life and animals of all shapes and sizes.
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. A french Memoir. 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.
Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France Tout Sweet Book 2Sweet Pea Publishing #ad - 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. 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….
Her idyll is almost complete when she is blissfully ensconced in her fully plumbed, tiled, floored and ‘warm as the hug of a pashmina’ Maison Coquelicot – until, 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.
Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France Tout Sweet Book 2 #ad - Karen soon finds her dancing feet in the small rural community when she discovers the key to acceptance is le danse country. After reaching the heights as a successful fashion editor, the author said goodbye to all that and set about renovating a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, in central western France, and living a simpler life.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in ProvenceDresher Publishing #ad - 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. Oopsevery driver was being pulled over and told to blow into a breathalyzer, which meant Val because she was the one driving. 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.
But they wondered: can we fit in? and maybe become french ourselves?follow their adventures as they slowly unlock the mysteries of France…- Is it true that French people are like coconuts? - Can you learn to argue like a French person? - What books have changed French lives? - Most important of all, how do you keep your soup from exploding?There’s more to becoming French than just learning the language.
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. Bulls go for a swim“the bull has escaped!” Val and I looked up to see a thousand pounds of anger barreling down the street right at us.
Are We French Yet? Keith & Val's Adventures in Provence #ad - . And then once in a while something unexpected comes along that takes even more time. When it was my turn she put down her pen and started laughing out loud and wiping her eyes. 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.
Like the day the country ran out of gasoline.
Retirement Italiano: Adventures and Misadventures in a Foreign CultureDonaldson Bain Publishing #ad - With humor intact, they encountered challenges, adventures and life-enriching discoveries. Not having made plans for retirement, the author and his wife moved for a time to a small village in Italy to manage a B&B.
Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in FranceSourcebooks #ad - 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. 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.