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My French Life Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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Unfortunately, as for the text, it is shockingly bad. It is disjointed, uninteresting, and the writing style reminds me of the overly flowery writing of a high school student who gets extra credit for every "unique" adjective they use.
It's a rather expensive book, so if you are purchasing it solely for the photos, by all means, it is recommended. If, however, you were hoping to be inspired to visit France, gain some insight into the country or way of life, or just be entertained.... then please save your money.
A few months later, I found it again (going through my list) and decided I didn't want to spend $35 for this book so after much waiting it became available thru inter-library loan.
Let me tell you that I am so glad I was able to get it this way rather than pay for this overly-plush, terribly written book. Such a letdown..boring writing with heady photographs.
You will not learn anything new about the French in this book. It's the same thing: French style, food, politeness, slow pace, etc. And I got really sick of the author's constant referrals to her olive farm.
Best book on French style: Veronique Vienne's French Style: How to Think, Shop & Dress Like a Frenchwoman...magnificient OOP book but absolutely worth the inflated price.
Best book on French cuisine and life: Robert Arbor's Joie de Vivre.
Don't waste your time with this one. You'll just be paying for padded fluff.
Her ultimate coup, it seems, and which Ms. Archer proudly tells us she has received, was recognition,by the French Security person at the airport,of her HERMES BERKIN handbag. He informed her that she had bought the most perfect item in the whole world, made with utmost craftsmanship at Hermes-- and she has the privilege of owning it! MON DIEU!!!
Luckily, I got this book from my local library and thus have not added a centime to her rather full coffers. SAVE YOUR MONEY! BETTER TO DONATE IT TO A WORTHY CAUSE!!!!
My two stars were for the photos, but even the good photography couldn't fix what I felt what a huge problem with the mas- it is too perfect. One of the things that makes those old farmhouses in France so beautiful and charming is their imperfections-- things aren't arranged perfectly, the yard isn't manicured. So the farmhouse really didn't look all that french to me.
This woman has really missed the mark.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A treat.. I have been a Francophile since I was a little kid. ( Blame it on Madeline Books) Vicki shares her experience of finding an incredible home..
LOVE THIS BOOK..
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Ms. Archer's life in France, surrounded by lavender, mountains and olive groves. Makes me wish I could just drop in and visit. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tea&BookLover
What a fortunate woman to have the lovely life in France and England. Her beautiful pictures and story of her travels and settling in France make me want to do the same. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Holly Boyle
In 1999 Vicki Archer visited Provence with her family and had what the French call a "coup de foudre" (thunderbolt or love at first sight) when she saw a 17th century... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by L. M. Keefer
A beautifuly written book with loads of wonderful pictures! I couldn't wait to get it and found it hard to put it down.Published on April 20, 2013 by A customer
Was exactly what I had expected. Great illustrations and stories about about the various areas in France. I have enjoyed looking through this book.Published on April 8, 2013 by Monica R. Samblanet
This book is full of great information and beautifully illustrated. I suscribe to Vicki Archer's blog which I love it too. Book is very refined and elegant. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by Galicia