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Toute Allure: Falling in Love in Rural France (Karen Wheeler memoir #2)

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After saying goodbye to life as a successful fashion editor in London, Karen Wheeler is now happy in her small village house in rural France. Her idyll is complete when she meets the love of her life - he has shaggy hair, four paws and a wet nose!
Paperback, 349 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Summersdale Publishers (first published February 8th 2010)
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Oct 24, 2015 Peggy rated it liked it
About 1/4 into this book, I thought I probably wouldn't finish it.
I had a couple of objections:
1) what initially felt like far too much name-brand mention (Prada, etc) of shoes, makeup, purses, perfume.
2) I'm not a 'dog person,' so for my liking, there was too much DOG in this book
3) The author, a Brit, lives in rural France but socializes almost exclusively w the expat community.
I kept reading for several reasons:
1) There are stretches of really good writing in the book
2) I ended up objecting t
Aug 14, 2015 Hazel rated it did not like it
I purchased this book after reading good reviews and took it down to the beach with me. After reading it for about twenty minutes I turned to my sister and asked her if I could read her a passage. I could not believe how something so poorly written could have been reviewed so favourably. My sister was equally unimpressed. The writing style is so unsophisticated, it detracted from any enjoyment I could have had from the story. Terrible! This may suit well for an extremely easy bit of light readin ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france
This is the second book about her life in Poitou-Charentes, France, a life that is very different from the glamour of the London fashion world she has left behind. In Tout Sweet: Hanging Up my High Heels for a New Life in France we left Karen nicely settled into her new community having almost finished the renovations of her village house and we find her hoping to meet someone special to share her life with. She is finally over the Ex and there are a few friendly faces she has bumped into, so sh ...more
Betty C.
Apr 12, 2015 Betty C. rated it liked it
The themes of this second book in a series were not as attractive to me as the first one's: a dog focus, endless line dancing drama, and a more-than-unlikely romance with a Portuguese construction worker had me wondering, at times, what this British fashion journalist was indeed doing in rural France. But Wheeler's writing and story-telling are still compelling, and I found myself immediately buying the follow-up, Tout Soul, just to see what happens next.
Sep 09, 2012 Ashleigh rated it liked it
I enjoyed this much more that the first instalment as there was a noticeable absence of the author's well thought out 'poetic' metaphor's. I notice that some have said they found the constant talk of her dog to be annoying but I much prefer this - tales of their walks across endless greenery, for example - as I find it to be far more interesting than the trials and tribulations of her love life. Where the first was littered with her constant pining for her ex-boyfriend (boring, at best) and her ...more
Leah Polonenko
Sep 12, 2015 Leah Polonenko rated it liked it
Really really disappointed in the ending! Seemed almost like Wheeler just gave up and didn't really know how to end it. Very disappointed !
Kathy Cree
Sep 06, 2014 Kathy Cree rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Continuation of previous adventure.
Heather Williams
Jul 14, 2014 Heather Williams rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read. take it to the beach
Jun 12, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
This was ok until the entire paragraph on the bloody dog, if this chick was my friend forcing the stupid dog on everyone and everywhere she went we'd not be friends
Lynn Hutchinson
Funny, self-deprecating book about a woman's move to France.
May 24, 2015 Kristen rated it it was ok
I could have done with A LOT less line dancing and a lot more Portuguese neighbor.
Jen White
Feb 07, 2013 Jen White rated it really liked it
The second instalment of life in France doesn't quite measure up to the first book but I still very much enjoyed it. The story line is looser in this book and there is a lot of focus on Dogs and dancing. I also missed some of the characters from the first book.
Jul 06, 2012 Cyndi rated it liked it
Not as good as the first one but still enjoyable. This one focused a bit too much on her dog, Biff. Curious as to what happens with her relationship with the Lion, though. Doesn't seem like a great boyfriend so far. Have to read the 3rd one now.
Oct 03, 2011 Gary rated it liked it
Not quite as good as Tout Sweet but still an entertaining read. Way, way, way too many references to "la danse country"..."line dancing" for my liking; but I still enjoyed it!
Sep 27, 2010 K rated it liked it
Shelves: travel, 2010, swap
A bit too much dog talk for me - a bit like children, if they aren't you own, they are not particularly interesting to read about.
Oct 24, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was ok
light read, and overall enjoyable but her chatty unsophisticated writing style and predictable plot kind of spoilt it.
Jul 21, 2013 Janet rated it liked it
It was a good read, I like dogs:-). Found it a bit repetitive in places.
Jun 26, 2013 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Not as great as her two previous books, but definitely a good read!
Lara Stanley
Aug 19, 2012 Lara Stanley rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this and its prequel Tout Sweet, delightful books!
Susan Springer
Sep 02, 2010 Susan Springer rated it liked it
Bon-bon reading candy for us francophiles!
Aug 02, 2011 Larra rated it really liked it
Fun to read! For light reading of course :)
Sep 29, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
A sweet book that doesn't make you think.
Karen Keleher
Oct 30, 2014 Karen Keleher rated it really liked it
What a nice easy read...
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