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Bella Tuscany & Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
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Sep 12, 2008

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Frances Mayes is a good writer. She has a great sense of detail and the ability to transport you. Since she has undertaken the daunting task of purchasing and restoring an Italian farmhouse with 5 acres while residing for only a portion of the year in Italy, she certainly has a story to tell! Her primary focus is on the restoration, the food, the people and Tuscany (in more or less that order). I've resided in another country as well and reading about her experience aroused my admiration for her patience, endurance and relish for life in Italy. She wrote so lovingly about her adventures I found myself considering how to follow in her footsteps. But this is madness! A house in dire need of a makeover in a foreign country is not for me.


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