How Blue is My Valley

How Blue is My Valley : The Real Provence

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Humorous travel book about moving to France from IPPY, Royal Dragonfly and Global Ebook Award Winner Jean Gill.

'Laugh out loud... such a vivid picture of the fields of lavender, sunflowers and olive trees that you could almost be there with her.' Living France Magazine

The true scents of Provence? Lavender, thyme and septic tank.

Discover the real Provence in good company.

There are hundreds of interesting things you can do in a bath but washing dishes is not one of them, nor what writer Jean Gill had in mind when she swopped her Welsh Valley for a French one.

Keen to move out of the elephant's stomach, that stew of grey mists called weather in Wales, she offered her swimming certificate to a bemused Provençal estate agent and bought a house with good stars and its own spring-water. Or rather, as it turns out, a neighbour's spring-water that is the only supply to the kitchen, which, according to the nice men from the Water Board, is emptying its dirty water directly and illegally onto the main road... and there's worse...

But how can you resist a village called Dieulefit, `God created it', the village 'where everyone belongs'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 11mm | 236g
  • France
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 2955010154
  • 9782955010150

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'Jean Gill's spiky humour makes you feel as if she's caught you on barbed wire and yet makes you smile about it.' Mike Sharpe, Haverfordwest Journalist '...the humour frequently has the effect of pointing up the stark reality with which she writes.' Ted Griffin, Pause Magazine 'Jean Gill manages to present life's daily adventures, which are intensified by looking for the 'right word' or not understanding local practices, in such a charming way, that the reader can see the beauty in the little things and the breathtaking adventure. Reading the book reminded me of my own trip to Southern France thirty some years ago, and I I loved it.' Gisela Hausmann, the Naked No Fluff Book Series 'This was a lovely account of one person's experience of living in Wales and Provence where life can take on unexpected challenges and pleasures. Written in a very witty sort of stream of consciousness it is a memoir that I found totally absorbing and at times very funny. It's a book that gives the reader a real and vivid insight into the area and what it's like to upsticks and move to another country and culture. Highly recommended.' Kristin Gleeson, the Celtic Knot Series Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction The Troubadours Quartet 'Wonderful! If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series!' Autumn Birt, The Rise of The Fifth Order 'Jean Gill is the master of historical intrigue.' C.M.T. Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 'One of the best historical novels I've read in a long time.' Paul Trembling, Dragonslayer 'A walk through time! That is what it was like to read this fine novel. It drew me into the pages and would not let go of me until done! Bravo for a wonderful read!' Arwin Blue, By Quill Ink and Parchment Historical Fiction blogger 'Jean Gill masterfully weaves this fictional tale with accurate medieval history in a way that I have not experienced in a long time. All at once, I am surrounded by knights, crusades, and Templar politics... Her writing is as lyrical as the songs her characters sing.' B.J. Tiernan, Standing on a Whale
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213 ratings
3.31 out of 5 stars
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4 21% (44)
3 27% (58)
2 16% (35)
1 11% (24)
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