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On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis
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really liked it

This started out really good but bogged down toward the end -- it seemed she was trying a bit too hard to find things to write about by the last few chapters. But most of the book is very entertaining. I found her chapters about the discovery of the old convent, the process of purchasing it, and the restoration quite wonderful. And I very much enjoyed her descriptions of village life and learning to get along with the quirky, eccentric neighbors. I had just read I'll Never Be French which is also about an American who moves to France and buys a dilapidated old house in a quaint village so the comparison was interesting. Mark Greenside is by far the better writer but Susan Herrmann Loomis had a more interesting story to tell. I sort of wished they had combined efforts!

Definitely worth the read though.
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August 14, 2011 – Shelved

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message 1: by Dianne (new)

Dianne This looks good


Kathleen Valentine So far I really like it. It's a little eerie to me because, in the story, the woman and her husband move from Maine to France, and buy an old convent that her husband, a sculptor, proceeds to renovate. In my novel Each Angel Burns, Maggie moves from France to Maine and buys an old convent that she proceeds to renovate -- she's a sculptor. Pretty weird!


message 3: by Dianne (new)

Dianne That is eerie. I am going over her blog Thankfully she has recipes on it her cookbooks look great I think I may be in trouble


Maureen Flatley Kath - must read of the summer. The House in France by Gully Wells! Fabulous!


Kathleen Valentine I looked at that, Maureen, and wondered if I had hit my saturation point on living-in-France books. I got tired of living-in-Italy books a couple years ago. But I'll take a look!


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