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Two Steps Backward

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Susie Kelly and her husband Terry dreamed of a home in France. With their dogs, parrots and horses, they moved to a farmhouse in the Poitou-Charentes region. While Terry worked in England, Susie had to contend with a homicidal gas cooker, burst pipes and a biting guinea fowl. The enormity of what they had taken on seemed overwhelming, and when Terry came close to death, th ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 473 pages
Published April 30th 2006 by Ulverscroft (first published 2004)
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Sarah Coller
I read Best Foot Forward a few years ago and really loved it so I've been looking forward to reading this one, as well. I did like it---but not nearly as much as BFF---for two reasons.

The most frustrating thing about this book was the difficulty I had respecting Mrs. Kelly. She really let a lot of people talk down to her, walk on her, and take extreme advantage of her. She's obviously a strong woman but it seemed she thought it would be easier to allow so many complete jerks to wreck her peace
Nov 22, 2008 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick, interesting read about an Englishwoman who purchases a home in rural France with her husband. Although she's in the house alone with a menagerie of animals most of the time while her husband is working in England.

The book is an honest look into Kelly's attempt to fulfill her dream of owning a home in the French countryside.
Grace Tierney
I read this as part of my Defeat January Blues by reading about sunny places plan. Reasonably fun read but not brilliantly written and might suit a pet/animal lover more than it did me as the author is really into animals. I love the details of how an overseas home it "done up" by the new owners and those details simply weren't in this book.
Jun 30, 2012 Corinne is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Quite charming, seemed pretty honest and funny in parts
Jul 11, 2009 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow at first but narrative draws you in. Action-lovers would not like this book but Francophiles and those who enjoy reading about human struggles would love it.
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