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L'Auberge

(Fogas Chronicles #1)

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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  69 reviews
The small commune of Fogas in the French Pyrenees has been thrown into turmoil by the revelation that the Auberge des Deux Vallees has been bought by an English couple and not by the Mayor's brother-in-law as had been expected. With everyone aghast at the idea of an English run restaurant and the certainty of gastronomic disasters, Mayor Serge Papon is in the mood to take ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2011)
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Meikoyim
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
After having read The Book Thief I wanted something lighter, something that'd make me giggle, if not laugh out right.

At first I was indecisive between two titles, one by Stephen Fry, the other this. In the end though I found this tale delightful after a test reading for 10 pages or so. Also, it was a simple story.

Being from Taiwan where good, hot food is readily available almost 24/7 even on a public holiday, the rumours of UK food had long haunted me before my departure for the 2 years of study
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Ailish
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun
I have to say that I really loved this book. It was light and easy to read, but at the same time I didn't want to put it down and so finished it in one day. It's a warm and enjoyable story, set in a French village, about a young English couple who buy the local Auberge, much to the horror of the locals who fear English cooking above almost everything else. The villain of the piece is the local mayor who has his heart set on obtaining the property for his brother-in-law and is determined to drive ...more
Margaret
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I've heard Julia Stagg speak. She's engaging, personable and entertaining and helped her audience have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. If only this book were as much fun. It could be. It's a bit of a romp, the story of an English couple who up sticks and move to the Ariège, a rural French département in the Pyrenees, to run a small restaurant-with-rooms. Naturally their new neighbours are suspicious. Everyone knows the English can't cook .

I persisted with this book, because I too used to live
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Best Crime Books & More
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The nice thing about debut novels is that your expectation is set pretty low as you have nothing previously to base your opinion on. When I got this book I was quite surprised as it was a lot smaller than what I thought I would get for a debut novel at a mere 280 pages. However, undeterred I made a start on this book and soon found myself in the thick of things in Fogas.

I found it a little slow to start with but a few chapters in and I was beginning to get a feel for the characters living in thi
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Susana González
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No tenía muchas expectativas antes de leer el libro y puede que por eso mismo me sorprendiera y me gustara tanto.

He de decir que soy una enamorada de Francia, no tanto de París, como de la Francia rural que se representa tan bien aquí y que tan diferente es de la capital. Conozco la zona donde se desarrolla el relato y sus gentes, magníficamente retratadas ambas (obviamente siendo una ficción).

Lo mejor de todo son los protagonistas, un cuadro de personajes a cual más peculiar pero, a la vez, tot
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Amy Jones
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I may be biased about this book, considering the author comes from the same town as me and went to the same college as me, but I thought it was rather good.

On an impulse, English couple Lorna and Paul buy an Auberge (a pub/inn) in a little French commune. The mayor is not best pleased though, and soon sets about doing everything be can to shut the business down.

The majority of the book is about Lorna and Paul's attempt to keep their auberge open, and the locals as they try to help or hinder them
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alan reeve
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming Story

A well told story. Not my normal read but I couldn't put it down. So we'll written the story envelopes you and you get involved. Characters are all believable. Makes me want to move to France immediately. Excellent.
Jeanette
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really drew me in to want to read the series.
Astrid
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real fun read. Enjoyed it.
Ro
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy to read with some believable and likeable characters.
Janneke
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heerlijk boek voor een warme zomerdag/-avond. Romantiek en spanning, dorpsverwikkelingen, geroddel en dorpspolitiek. Een hele goede mix.
Vanda Bromwich
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The French Mayor doesn't want the English couple to take over his village's Auberge. Lighthearted holiday reading.
ourhouseinquercy
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: life-in-france, food
Sweet little easy read.
Madelon
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dit boek kocht ik vlak voor mijn vakantie. Ik ging zelf naar de Franse Pyreneeën dus leek het me wel grappig. Het werd aangeprezen als een warme en hilarische debuutroman en het verhaal leek me ook wel leuk. Fransen zijn een apart volk, laten we dat voorop stellen. En ik kan me voorstellen hoe ze reageren als er zo'n stel 'domme' Engelsen de herberg in het dorp overkopen en ze die dus in hun gemeenschap moeten gaan opnemen.

Toen ik het boek begon te lezen werd het eigenlijk alleen maar nog leuker
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Giulia
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moderna, romanzo
Cominciamo dall'inizio.
Il titolo. Non ho compreso esattamente i motivi alla base di tale scelta. La locanda dei sogni ritrovati.
Sogni? Ritrovati? Beh, forse in una qual certa misura lo si può anche intendere: il sogno di Paul e Lorna, la speranza vanificata, il lieto fine. Un desiderio che diventa, in ultimo, realtà tangibile. Ma di per sè il libro racconta delle ansie e delle delusioni dei due inglesi, che sono stati fino in fondo osteggiati dal primo cittadino di Fogas. Racconta dei disagi, de
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Strega Del Crepuscolo
Libro carino e senza pretese, tuttavia devo dire due cose che non vanno a vantaggio del romanzo:
1 è troppo simile a Chocolat
2 Il trafiletto in copertina è troppo ingannevole. Da quello che c'è scritto sembra che i protagonisti siano la bambina e il gatto cosa che, invece, non è affatto vera...

La storia è ambientata in un piccolo paesino nei Pirenei dove una deliziosa coppia francese ha appena deciso di acquistare un hotel, peccato che, a loro insaputa, i due hanno messo i bastoni tra le ruote al
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Ellen
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik heb eerder al De dorpswinkel van Madame Josette gelezen van Julia Stagg. Dit is eigenlijk het vervolg op Met de Franse slag. Dat stoorde me toen niet echt, want ik kon volgen zonder het eerste deel gelezen te hebben. Ik heb dit boek met veel plezier gelezen en wilde het eerste boek toch ook eens lezen. Nu is het er eindelijk van gekomen!

Het eerste wat ik wil zeggen is dat ik het boek echt heel ‘leuk’ vond. Normaal gezien vind ik ‘leuk’ maar een oppervlakkige beschrijving, maar nu gebruik ik h
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Cathrin
Zunächst mal muss ich sagen, dass ich den deutschen Titel etwas unglücklich bzw. irreführend gewählt finde. Auch wenn Monsieur Papon eine wichtige Rolle spielt ist er keineswegs der Protagonist der Geschichte. Im Original heißt das Buch L'Auberge und das finde ich sehr treffen. Es geht nämlich um ein englisches Ehepaar, das ein heruntergekommenes Hotel (L'Auberge) in einem französischen Berg-Dorf gekauft hat um dort ein Restaurant zu eröffnen. Ohweh, Englänger, die meinen, Franzosen bekochen zu ...more
Veronica
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, fiction
I read this a light relief after a few heavy reads. I normally intensely dislike this type of whimsical story of Brits in France coping with quaint peasants. Stagg isn't a particularly good writer (also typical of the genre) and there are caricatures and stereotypes here, along with a number of implausibilities. Curiously the most cardboard characters are the British couple who have bought the Auberge; the real story revolves around the political manoeuvring of the villagers ranged for or agains ...more
Jacqueline
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france
I instantly felt at home in Fogas, where village life seemed so familiar to our little French village, especially as they too have the ever present divide in village politics with power hungry would be mayors. It is obvious that Julia Stagg has lived in and experienced French village life first hand; you really couldn't make up some of the things that happen and I was pleased to see Johnny Hallyday made a guest appearance too - no French village knees-up would be complete without him. The book h ...more
Silvia Liotta
Paul e Lorna arrivano da Manchester e hanno deciso di cambiare vita: hanno
comprato un albergo chiamato Auberge situato sui Pirenei vicino al paese di
Fogas. Ignari del complotto architettato dal vecchio e burbero sindaco del
paesino i due iniziano così una nuova vita che si preannuncia..ricca di
sorprese e di intoppi! Il piccolo paesino di Fogas è poco incline ad accettare
nuovi abitanti e saranno pronti a tutti pur di perpetuare il loro immutato
equilibrio in cui tradizione e vecchi rancori vengono
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Joodith
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although this could benefit from good editing as it's too long, it's quite a light read, suitable for summer holiday reading.

The story centres around an English couple who have bought a dilapidated (of course!) inn in a tiny Frendh village on a whim, with the idea of escaping their humdrum lives and opening an inn/restaurant. Rather predictably they come up against local corruption and complicated French red-tape. I found the English couple's attempts at speaking French just plain irritating and
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Penny Grubb
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book came labelled as Joanne Harris meets Clochemerle. It's a long long time since Clochemerle and I can barely remember it, but I love Joanne Harris, so this had a lot to live up to. Did it make the grade? Yes, I loved it. The Websters, the English couple who fell in love with a small part of France and wanted to make it their future, find reality hitting them in the face with the minutiae of French politics. Papon, the Mayor, makes a superb baddie but he's a 3D person, not just someone to ...more
librarianka
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved L'Auberge. This is your typical sweet, heart warming, well written, laugh out loud fiction. Nothing wrong with that on the contrary, it provides a few hours of laughter and entertainment. And having encountered French bureaucracy, I dare say it does capture the funny side of the French. All of the characters are lovable or funny, even the villains. As for French cooking there is a part where someone mentions a great French chef Jamio Le Vert whose food is the best. Well, guess what, it t ...more
Alessandro Rizzolli
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Roberta
Una storia molto, molto carina, ma proprio non arrivo a darle quella stella in più. Il problema è che l'autrice apre troppe parentesi: chi è il protagonista?

La coppia inglese che compra l'albergo sui Pirenei? Non proprio.
Il sindaco machiavellico ma con, alla fine, il cuore tenero? Nemmeno
Gli abitanti del paese, come in una moderna Peyton Place? Non sono convinta, nonostante le madri single e la coralità nel rincorrere il toro Sarko.
Il fantasma del marito morto? Non ho nemmeno ben capito cosa ci
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Beatrizz1983
No pude disfrutar la novela, ya que no logré engancharme. Tuve que hacer varios descansos a lo largo de la lectura, y al volver a coger la novela tardaba mucho en volver a entrar en situación, no me sentía participe de ella, ni siquiera un observador. Me encontraba completamente fuera de la trama

Uno de los puntos que lograron divertirme fueron la variedad de alusiones veladas, o mejor dicho acusaciones directas al desastre que supondría que unos ingleses fueran los dueños del Restaurante del Hos
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FairyRain
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Metti un minuscolo paesino sui Pirenei, aggiungici una manciata di abitanti dalle più diverse personalità. Inserisci come protagonista una coppia d'inglesi, tanto sognatrice e temeraria da aprire un piccolo albergo-ristorante proprio in terra di Francia. Mescola il tutto con sentimento, spolveralo con un pizzico di magia alla Chocolat ed ecco prendere vita questa storia che trascorre lieve e profumata di pane appena cotto.
La bambina e la gattina Tomate? Vi chiederete voi, fuorviati dalla cover e
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Johannes
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romane
Charmant,warmherzig, witzig. In einem kleinen Dorf in den Pyrenäen kauft sich ein Englisches Ehepaar das örtliche Restaurant. Die Bewohnen sind perplex und der Bürgermeister versucht auf hinterlistiger Art das Ehepaar wieder aus das Restaurant hinaus zu ekeln. Eine Intrige nach dem Andere zettelt er an, doch dabei hat er die Rechnung ohne sein Dorf gemacht.

Charming, warm, funny. In a small village in the Pyrenees, a English couple buys the local restaurant. The occupants are perplexed and the ma
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Monica Wies
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Dit boek heet in het Nederlands: Met de Franse slag.
Een Engels stel koopt in de Pyreneeen een oude auberge.
De burgemeester van het kleine plaatsje had liever gehad dat zijn zwager het gekocht had, want in Frankrijk heerst het idee dat Engelsen niet kunnen koken.
Om dit alsnog te realiseren kondigt hij een inspectie aan van de auberge, wetende dat dat tot sluiting zal leien en hopelijk willen de eigenaren dan toch verkopen.
Het Engelse stel wil kodte wat kost toch in Frankrijk blijven en uiteindeli
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Julia Stagg has led a nomadic existence, spending most of her adult life abroad. She is the author of the Fogas Chronicles (Hodder) set in the idyllic French Pyrenees. Most recently, she has turned her hand to crime and is writing the Dales Detective Series (Pan) under the name of Julia Chapman. The first in the Yorkshire-set series makes its debut in March 2017. Contact her on facebook (Julia St ...more

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