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Bon Courage!: A French Renovation in Rural Limousin

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A dilapidated, rat-infested stone barn set amidst 13 acres of overgrown woodland and unkempt pasture might not be many people's vision of a potential dream home. But for English couple Richard and his wife Al, the cavernous, oak-beamed building in a sleepy hamlet of the Limousin region of France is perfect. Tussles with French bureaucracy allied with fierce storms that wre ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Summersdale
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Nov 26, 2012 Emmanuelle rated it did not like it
Quite enjoyed it until the last couple of chapters where they were some sweeping statements about the lack of community and the death of folk culture in Limousin and probably the rest of France because of TV and people getting more wealthy... What a load of bxxxxx... Being French and from that area, I did not appreciate the comments...
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Mar 03, 2017 Cath Smith rated it it was ok
A mediocre book in mediocre style. Annoying grammatical errors too - not acceptable in a book coming from a publishing house (or anywhere else really!)
I live in the same region, though south of Limoges, but I do not recognize the depiction of Limousin people. They do have hearts of gold, but they are not the country bumpkins this book makes them out to be.
Jul 20, 2017 Kaye rated it liked it
Ok book about the renovating-in-France experience, with some good information. Can't say I much liked the author.
Dec 11, 2011 Veronica rated it did not like it
I'm not trying to be an old grump, but I really disliked this book from start to finish. After a while I realised what it reminded me of: those round-robin letters that people you haven't seen for years send round at Christmas, detailing their exotic holidays, delightful lifestyle, and the achievements of their amazing children. Maybe if you personally knew Richard Wiles, you would find this book interesting (I'm guessing that's the case for the rave reviewers on Amazon anyway). But I didn't. I ...more
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Jul 11, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
A little slow in spots but overall an enjoyable read.
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