Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence
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Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence

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There is a moment every morning when the countryside takes a pause. The birds stop singing, the dogs choke back their barks, and cats pause mid-stride. Everything waits. Its in this vacuum that a man working alone has the best chance of finding truffles. The plot of land was perfect, just what they'd been looking for, offering expansive views across the valley and within w...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Summersdale Publishers
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Apryl Anderson
Charmed clean out of my skepticism

I admit, any expatriate-en-Provence story will be held to critical judgment with Peter Mayle as the keystone. Literary or live, I've seen 'em come and go: innocent arrival and the romance of The French. You can't live with 'em and you can't live without 'em. But there aren't many who can tell the tale with such an enjoyable blend of astonishment, amusement, and respect. Chapeau, monsieur Ivey!
Penny
This was an 'easy' reader, but I did find myself irritated by the stupidity and unthinking attitude of the lead character.
Maureen M
I wrote this review for our newspaper:
Jamie Ivey did what many midlife careerists dream of. The London lawyer and his wife chucked their old lives and moved to the south of France, where they built a new life selling wine and settling into a town in Provence. There he learns about the mysterious truffle market and the even more mysterious ways of building a new home in an area bound by many unwritten rules.
Ivey’s account of the travails of buying land and dealing with contractors bears a strong...more
Jessica
There were parts to this book that I did like, but there was a lot that I didn't like. Jamie Ivey and his wife Tanya move from England to Provence, France looking for a more laid-back life. The real estate market is notoriously over-priced, catering to wealthy foreigners looking for a vacation home. Jamie and Tanya have just about given up on trying to buy in Provence when their realtor shows them a property that they would have to build on, but the bonus is that there is a stand of oak trees kn...more
Tuck
english guy and his english? wife move to provence, build a house (most of book is about him trying to build the house, getting all crossways with the village, and about his wife having babies and how nice and good french health care is), start a business retailing/wholesaling wine (he was a rose nut but got over it), and gets into finding truffles. some good bits, but he glosses over many things that could be of interest like olives, lavender, and local wine. but he does good job talking about...more
Caroline
Jul 31, 2014 Caroline marked it as to-read
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What seems like light years ago I had the same dream as Jamie. I followed his story through the "Rose" books and even sent him my best wishes. In those days he was trying to sell wine in Provence. Now the story moves on to truffle hunting in the Perigord. Sounds like a cliche but as usual Jamie is an entertaining raconteur. I gave up on my pipe dreams but he probably never will.
Nadine
What a charming book! Narrated by yet another British expatriate, it details the story of a family attempting to acclimate both to the climate and culture of Provence.

The story is centered around the Ivey clan's purchase of a piece of property near there village. One of the selling points is the stand of oak trees purported to be a truffle haven. Jamie buys into the romance of truffle hunting, believing that it will help in his adaptation to his new home.

As with many other expat stories, both hu...more
Laurelbyrne
I cannot even imagine why anyone would feel good about the French or Provence after reading this book. And when does a picturesque town, even a beautiful countryside, make up for rude, deceitful, fickle people? Yet Jaime and Tanya choose to live here and raise their family here. I do believe I kept reading only because I could skim this book while using the elliptical. It was the correct size for the book holder. Tanya appeared to have no personality. About the third time the dog peed in the hou...more
Susan Springer
A French bon-bon book à la Peter Mayle. I enjoy his descriptions of
daily life in Provence better than his quest for the palest rosé.
Mary Strasner
I did not connect with the author and his family. This is no YEAR IN PROVENCE or TOUT ALLURE.
Amy Lenarz
A fun read. It's pretty much the same as Peter Mayle's books, but with pregnancy and a dog.
Sharon
After several years in Provence, Jamie Ivey and his wife had just about given up the idea of ever owning a home there. Then they found the perfect piece of property: great views, within walking distance of the village, and even the right type of oak trees for truffles. The only downside was the lack of a house. That small negative became the cause of much drama and trauma. And the adaptation of non-dog-lovers to a truffle hound was a small, but comical, inconvenience by comparison. This is a del...more
sharon
After several years in Provence, Jamie Ivey and his wife had just about given up the idea of ever owning a home there. Then they found the perfect piece of property: great views, within walking distance of the village, and even the right type of oak trees for truffles. The only downside was the lack of a house. That small negative became the cause of much drama and trauma. And the adaptation of non-dog-lovers to a truffle hound was a small, but comical, inconvenience by comparison. This is a del...more
Mary
I enjoyed this book about an English couple who settled in Provence, had children and had a house built. I feel bad not to give it 5 stars because I enjoyed the book but I like to keep 5 stars for the books that are my very favorites, like "Hot Zone" by Richard Preston.
Judith
The book had all the requisite criteria for an interesting story: englanders movie to France; living with a testy landlord; decide to build a house; fight with locals; good food; truffles; new baby and a dog.
Margaret Hoff
Pure fluff but a nice relaxing summer read.
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Jamie Ivey is the author of three books about the south of France. He lives near the village of Lourmarin in the Luberon with his wife and daughter. Jamie's books have been published in the UK, the USA, Holland and China. Before becoming a writer Jamie was a corporate lawyer in the City of London. He has no regrets about giving up the rat race....
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