A House in the Sunflowers

A House in the Sunflowers In the late s in the south west of France the author and her family found Bel Air de Grezelongue a house that had been deserted for years They fell in love with it This title tells of their love

  • Title: A House in the Sunflowers
  • Author: Ruth Silvestre Michael Grater Michael Gater
  • ISBN: 9780749015985
  • Page: 458
  • Format: ebook
  • In the late 1970s in the south west of France, the author and her family found Bel Air de Grezelongue, a house that had been deserted for years They fell in love with it This title tells of their love affair with the house from the ups and downs of buying and renovating it, to the challenge of becoming part of the local French community.

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    1. I like reading about people upping sticks and moving to a new country for a fresh take on life, but this one had the balance of the new French abode being a summer home rather than a full time lodging. Visits at least twice a year describe how the rickety old house is gradually whipped into shape, and how the family and their many visitors fall in love with the place - and the surrounding villagers as well.This wasn't as interesting as some memoirs are, there weren't many challenges facing the f [...]

    2. The great detail in this book really transported me and the descriptions of meals made me hungry, I enjoyed the detail and will read the full trilogy. However, it was not a gripping page turner but a pleasant read.

    3. Not so much of a pasionate bookI bought these Trilogy Series of "A House in the Sunflowers", as I love to read the category of "Travel" where writers let us, the readers, learn and enjoy other cultures, specially I do like reading about people who live away from the big melting pots, lost in the mountains and still connected as families and friends become a big family themselves. I didn't quite enjoy this first book. The writer gets lost onto too much noise of stories within the main story. I fo [...]

    4. Relaxing, homey story of an English couple who restored a ruin to a home. The food discussions are wonderful.I travelled to France, met "new" friends, "ate" new food and thoroughly enjoyed every moment ntI recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about other cultures. I am an armchair traveller, and enjoy every moment I spend reading.

    5. Every once in awhile I just love to read a book that soothes and relaxes. The characters are congenial and their story about building (or re-building) an old home in France flows gracefully and picturesquely. Good vacation read.

    6. I read the paperback version of this book many years ago and was so pleased to see it brought to kindle that I had to buy it and read it again. Second time around it didn't disappoint and I have read many similar books (some good, some not so) since my first read of A House in the Sunflowers.This is the first book in The Sunflower Trilogy and tells the story of Ruth and her family finding Bel-Air de Grèzelongue in the Lot-et-Garonne and despite it being unloved and uninhabited for ten years, to [...]

    7. English couple buys a farm in the south of France. They deal with the trials and tribulations of making it habitable. They learn to make adjustments to become a part of the local community and the way of life in rural France. Helping out with the harvest of plums, grapes, corn and mushrooms, along with their new neighbors exposes them to traditions that have remained unchanged for generations. There are many excellent descriptions of the countryside, and rustic farm buildings of the area. As for [...]

    8. I'll give this a 2.5 over 5.Only because there were too many French words and phrases, thus ruining the fun for me in reading the book. My French skills are almost zilch, and I can only understand one or two words -- MAX!But the way Silvestre writes makes it astonishingly easy for me to put myself into her shoes and see that life she put into words.If only I knew more French, then I'll be one happy reader!

    9. A lovely ode to FranceWhat a wonderful story. All of us should have a house in France. The world would be a better place. My one critique of the book is the extensive use of the French language, the majority without translation. I felt I missed some of the story. Regardless, I recommend this book to anyone interested in France.

    10. A lovely, unpretentious memoir of the purchase and restoration of an old house in France, and their assimilation into village life. I really enjoyed the story and will probably go on to read the second book in the trilogy.

    11. An enjoyable easy read about a family who buy a house in France. The description of the house and its environment are refreshing and funny. The author spends a lot of time exploring the roots of the former owner. Of course since it is set in France, a lot of the descriptions center around food.

    12. Excited beginning but felt it lacked page turning thrill. Nice story of English couple who buy run down house in rural France. Neighbours and friends who helped in restoration and integration into area. Seems authentic and a slow read, but helpful for anyone wishing to follow their path.

    13. I'd like to live this dream right about now. A nice little memoir--nothing earth shattering, but definitely made me wanna save up for a farmhouse in France.

    14. Light weight reading about living in France, one of the many books I eagerly read as we prepared to move.

    15. The Parisian version of Under the Tuscan Sun. This was a good read and really enjoyed the descriptions of French farming and country life.

    16. Loved the book and will now read the others. I particulary enjoyed the parts about food , farming and working together. It sounds like heaven on earth.

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