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A House in the Sunflowers

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the late 1970s in the south-west of France, Ruth Silvestre and her family found Bel-Air de Grezelongue, a house that had been deserted and uninhabited for ten years. They fell in love with it. A House in the Sunflowers tells of their love affair with the house; from the ups and downs of buying and renovating it, to the challenge of becoming part of the local French comm ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Allison and Busby (first published May 1991)
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Mardyati
Aug 25, 2015 Mardyati rated it it was ok
I'll give this a 2.5 over 5.

Only because there were too many French words and phrases, thus ruining the fun for me in reading the book. My French skills are almost zilch, and I can only understand one or two words -- MAX!

But the way Silvestre writes makes it astonishingly easy for me to put myself into her shoes and see that life she put into words.
If only I knew more French, then I'll be one happy reader!
Julie  Durnell
Jun 12, 2015 Julie Durnell rated it really liked it
A lovely, unpretentious memoir of the purchase and restoration of an old house in France, and their assimilation into village life. I really enjoyed the story and will probably go on to read the second book in the trilogy.
Carmen
Nov 09, 2012 Carmen rated it liked it
Shelves: house-gardening
An enjoyable easy read about a family who buy a house in France. The description of the house and its environment are refreshing and funny. The author spends a lot of time exploring the roots of the former owner. Of course since it is set in France, a lot of the descriptions center around food.
Pam
Mar 07, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful escape.
Velvetink
Oct 05, 2013 Velvetink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
$2.00 new central tunnel basement book
Starr
Dec 17, 2013 Starr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to live this dream right about now. A nice little memoir--nothing earth shattering, but definitely made me wanna save up for a farmhouse in France.
Pinky
Dec 05, 2008 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
brilliant start to a trilogy..read #2 now,#3 to go..makes me want to pack my bags
Kathy
May 12, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jo Harrison
Light weight reading about living in France, one of the many books I eagerly read as we prepared to move.

Melanie Jennings
Great book for anyone traveling to the south of France.
Caz
Nov 03, 2016 Caz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading
Wendy Smith
Loved the book and will now read the others. I particulary enjoyed the parts about food , farming and working together. It sounds like heaven on earth.
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a very pleasant story about an Englishwoman and her family who buy an old farmhouse in France
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