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In Foreign Fields: How Not To Move To France

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Susie and Terry dream of living in France. The dream comes true, but not in the way they had imagined.

Yes, the countryside is spacious and peaceful. On summer nights the stars skim the rooftops, the owls hoot and the nightingales sing. Sunflowers smile from their fields. The wine is cheap and the baguettes are crusty. Very crusty indeed. The French neighbours are generous
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Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published December 3rd 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Louise Sowter
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well having a sleepless night I picked up this book and didn’t put them down till I had finished. Having a friend who went through all of these experiences was like reading her journals . I loved it and will endeavour to read more of this authors book .. adding them to my tbr pile .. will definitely recommend as have many friends who would appreciate this book
Susan Keefe
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a firm fan of Susie Kelly’s books about her adventures and experiences of living in rural France, I couldn’t resist downloading this, her latest book, and I am so happy that I did.

In it I discovered how it is that Susie Kelly came to live in her house in the Poitou-Charente region of France. Throughout this wonderful book she shares her incredible adventures of this time, and I found myself laughing, sighing, and sometimes nearly crying, as I read them described in truly ‘fly on the wall’ sty
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Annarella
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and enjoyable book. I love this book full of funny anecdotes and quirky people.
I laughed out loud from time to time and read it in one setting.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Susan Kerr
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quirky and observant, this is a jolly read full of anecdotes. Susie Kelly’s struggles to convert a derelict farmhouse, her collection of dogs, horses and birds, and the astonishing characters she encounters are highly entertaining. I got frustrated, however, because I look for a line of development in a book. Instead, this one jumps around in time and episodes. To me Chapter 11 felt like a true start, giving me the background of her emigration. I wish it and several following had been at the ope ...more
Lindsay
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book is a laugh out loud romp through a honest story of moving to France and buying a house that is anything but the French dream on first looks (who needs water and electricity lol) but slowly through hard work and good humour our author turns it around into something magical. This book is funny and honest and very warm.
Sandra McKenna
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir of Susie and husband Terrys move to rural France. It details the hardships they faced renovating their dilapidated farmhouse and out buildings, tells of their neighbours (some good, some not so good), and their jaunts around the surrounding areas. Very well written and entertaining.
Jacqueline
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, memoirs
Written from the heart this is an honest account of the difficult times and situations she and husband Terry first encountered when they arrived in France over twenty years ago. However, it is perfectly balanced with plenty of humourous stories and love of France too. Susie, it seems, has a knack for attracting the sort of people most of us would shy away from, but at least this means we can be entertained when she recounts her many adventures. The comings and goings of her British neighbours, t ...more
Rosie Amber
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, travel
In Foreign Fields: How Not To Move To France is a humorous travel memoir.

Susie had a life-long ambition to live in rural France, and when the recession of the 1990s took away everything that Susie and her husband Terry owned, they made the decision to leave England. With little money in their pocket they bought an eighteenth century farmhouse in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France. The property had no sanitation, no water supply inside and a very limited source of electricity―but what it lac
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Laurie
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: we-love-memoirs
Delightful prequel to "Swallows & Robins"!
This has to be in my top 3 favorites of Susie Kelly's memoirs! I always wondered what it took for Susie and Terry to get their little holiday home in the SW of very rural France ready for holiday makers when they first came to purchase it. I don't think they make them any tougher than Susie.
In "In Foreign Fields" you find out to the extent they had to go through just to make it habitable for the two them to live in.
Shoddy workers, extreme weather a
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Carmen
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like how the author dives into French life - she ends up meeting a variety of people; some nice, some not so nice - as well as being placed in unpleasant as well as very frustrating circumstances at times. All this takes place while her and her husband start a new life in France - in-between all this, you also hear about the animals she cares for, as well as some of the house renovations they end up doing. I got an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Emma
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, tbc
I have to admit to a penchant for this kind of book, so Susie had a captured audience from the start. The best of the type are those that marry both the romance that giving it all up for warmer, quieter or cheaper climes; with reality of said moves in terms of cost or unforeseen bureaucracy throw in some belly laughs and some colourful locals and you are onto a winner.
Susie Kelly has managed to write a book that satisfies on all counts.
Like Peter Mayle and Carol Drinkwater before her, Susie has
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Greta Halliday
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An easy to read and descriptive account of moving to France and the trials, tribulations and joys that ensued. Although our move to Spain went smoothly and to a property that needed no renovation there were many similarities to which we experienced. A well written entertaining book.
Mauricette Sanders
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moving to France

A frank, honest account of a move and new life in France. Very informative and entertaining! I recommend this book.
Randal White
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
What starts out as your typical "I bought a ruin in France" book quickly evolves into a romp into the crazy people the author meets and has to deal with on a daily basis.
Sure, everyone wants to find that needle in the haystack old ruin in France/Italy/Spain, and easily restore it to a beautiful estate, where one can sit and watch the sunsets while drinking incredible wine. The author did too, except she bought what, on a good day, probably should have been condemned. And then, with the financia
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Janet
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

Susie and Terry dream of living in France. The dream comes true, but not in the way they had imagined.

Yes, the countryside is spacious and peaceful. On summer nights the stars skim the rooftops, the owls hoot and the nightingales sing. Sunflowers smile from their fields. The wine is cheap an
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Irene Moyer
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful!

I love her books and writing. Funny, serious, one feels to be there. Have nearly read all her works, now.
Andrew Ives
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Paperback version) As with all the other Susie Kelly books I've read, this is quite a page-turner. Susie's style of writing is always likeable and easy-going, with plenty of dashes of humour throughout. How she survived those early years in France, I'll never know! Having lived there myself, much of this book reads so very true to life, conveying very well the lifestyle that awaits the new anglais ex-pat and the fun one can expect when dealing with authorities and pesky ex-pat visitors in need ...more
Jacqueline
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The eye catching book cover promised a story filled with anecdotes of horses, dogs and parrots relocating to France - and didn't disappoint!
From the first to the last page, Susie's adventures with her menagerie of animals, renovating a crumbling farmhouse, encountering strange neighbours and outings in tinker belle the 2cv, are a delight to read, resulting in many laugh out loud moments!
This book offers an insight into the reality of moving to France, yet retains the dream of enjoying the ever
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