My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life (Paperback)
A little more than 10 years ago, Janine Marsh and her husband Mark gave up their city jobs in London to chase the good life in the countryside of northern France. Having overcome the obstacles of starting to renovate her dream home—an ancient, dilapidated barn—and fitting in with the peculiarities of her new neighbors, Janine is now the go-to expat in the area for those seeking to get to grips with a very different way of life. In the Seven Valleys, each season brings new challenges as well as new delights. Freezing weather in February threaten the lives of some of the four-legged locals; snow in March results in a broken arm, which in turn leads to an etiquette lesson at the local hospital; and a dramatic hailstorm in July destroys cars and houses, ultimately bringing the villagers closer together. With warmth and humor, Janine showcases a uniquely French outlook as two eternally ambitious expats drag a neglected farmhouse to life and stumble across the hidden gems of this very special part of the world.
About the Author
Janine Marsh is a travel writer with a particular focus on France.
"Warm, uplifting, and effervescent . . . Janine's voice and humor bubble right off the page, making you want to pack your bags and visit her fixer-upper home in rural France." —Samantha Verant, author, Seven Letters from Paris
"If you've ever dreamed of discovering 'the real France', you won't want to miss this delightful book." —Keith Van Sickle, author, One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence