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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00871I0XS
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Jill Pennington is a 'Britalian' originally from Yorkshire (England) and now living in Italy. She has three teenage children and a small farm in Emilia Romagna. She writes about life in the Italian mountains.

When not writing she enjoys, cooking, gardening, furniture renovation, walking and runs a small Glampsite from her farm.

Jill also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Tottie Limejuice and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.

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Take three Birds - https://www.facebook.com/www.Takethreebirds

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bigelow on September 12, 2012
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A good touch of humor runs throughout this wonderful memoir of a woman making a new life in Italy. It really was a new life also; she all of a sudden has to raise the kids all by herself. For me it's a real example in courage and persistence. The place she describes living at in Italy, I do wish I lived at.

Needless to say, this is a story that I'm finding very difficult to put down. While there a number of sad things that happens she manages to keep her sense of humor all the way through. I really consider a very uplifting story. Anyone can overcome just about any obstacle in their life.

I did receive a review copy of the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2012
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This is a fantastic story with a frustrating abrupt ending. Of course, life is like this book - things don't turn out perfectly and there isn't a nice little bow to tie it up with. As another reviewer said - sequel please!

As with most self published books, this one could've used some content editing to separate the wheat from the chaff, but quite enjoyable, especially the everyday person's perspective instead of the rich/privileged expat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luci on May 18, 2014
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I read Jill Peningtons self published book in one sitting.Her story is real, and I can't remember when I last read such an honest account of life for someone struggling with so many issues that we might experience at some time in our own lives,
and with such a sense of humour and optimism.I found her story impressively informative given her financial difficulties were such a distraction.After having read so much about living abroad and all the learning experiences that are documented by writers I found this story encouraging,uplifting and at times truely hilarious
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tots on September 18, 2013
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I was very keen to read this, having "met" and chatted with Jill on Facebook and liked her frank and funny style there. I've also done the moving abroad thing, in my case with an elderly parent who had reverted to childhood through dementia and, mercifully, without the love-rat "Hubby" to contend with.

Loved the fast pace and the fact that there's nothing in there that doesn't need to be. Characters are beautifully drawn, you quickly feel you have got to know them and want to know more.

Lots of determination and grit to be admired and commended, so nice not to have to wade through another "expat discovers life wasn't as rosy as they hoped and spends endless chapters rubbishing their new host country without doing anything about it" type of book.

Frank and refreshing, a great read. Looking forward to the next one whilst busily writing the sequel to my own - come on, Jill, keyboards at dawn, which of us will finish the next instalment first?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Polly on October 23, 2013
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I began this book after supper one day expecting to read for a couple of hours and then put it down to go to sleep. Instead I welcomed the new day, with the lightening sky as I finished the last chapter. I did not expect to be captivated by this story but needless to say, I was.

I have read quite a few accounts of people living abroad and, in fact, that is how I spent the first 20 years of my own life. What I didn't expect is to become so involved with this writer and her children and the people who surround her in her adopted country, Italy.

Because this is a memoir I try to stay away from commenting on particular characters as they are real people, living and breathing humans (well some of them are). Let me just say that, in my opinion, this writer faced some amazing challenges with grace, humour and maybe a glass or two of wine.

I admire her ability to keep the health and welfare of her children at the forefront of each of her decisions. Hard to do when all the decisions and responsibilities fall onto a single set of shoulders. I admire her ability to find something to laugh about when other, more violent options, might feel preferable. In general, through some very trying times, our author raised 3 children from childhood to the cusp of their adult lives. We each make choices, that in hindsight we would change in the future, but that is never an option and we continue to make the best of each situation. It seems to me that this writer is very good at doing that.

I enjoyed learning about the renovation of two very different types of home. Being introduced to life in rural Italy, not one of the countries that I lived in though we did visit. Ms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Estelle on May 13, 2013
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Jill's account of ringing out her living from the Italian soil is raw, funny, and irreverent. She tells of arriving with barely a word of Italian and three children, and the path she follows, buying land and rolling up her sleeves to make it yield something, to running a veritable Dr Doolittle farm in her Yorkshire-accented Italian, acquired the only real way to do it, by total immersion. It is a fast-paced read, full of unlikely surprises and other down-to-earth realities of the kinds of wacky, unlikely and sometimes trying things that unravel in expat life. This book is a must for anybody who thinks 'Oh, if I could only buy a farm in Italy...'. It tells it like it really is.
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