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The diary of a single parent abroad [Kindle Edition]

Jill Pennington
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Jill and her family moved to Italy she expected life to change but she had no idea how massive that change would be. Shortly after the move, she discovered her husband had been having an affair and had no intentions of staying in Italy.

Despite being in a foreign country with no income, limited language skills, a house that needed rebuilding and three young children to care for, she never once considered returning to the UK. With strength and determination she accepted any challenge, dismantling a derelict house to ground level, digging out a three metre deep well with her hands to get free water and overcoming her fear of the chainsaw to cut the winter wood. When there was very little money for food she made risotto with nettles collected from the roadside. She overcame many problems, learned new skills and discovered that money is not important, the only things in life that matter are health, happiness and her children.

Jill's story is delivered with an ever present hint of humour because, as she says, 'Without laughter life wouldn't be funny'.


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  • File Size: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00871I0XS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, honest, real June 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! September 18, 2013
By Tots
Format:Kindle Edition
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, charming book. September 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another night of sleep vanished.... October 23, 2013
By Polly
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy, irreverent, funny May 13, 2013
By Estelle
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful touch of humor .... April 19, 2013
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As a US citizen, and speaker of one language... I had great admiration for the determination and the "just keep moving on" attitude this author and mother had. I believe that I would have called my "mommy" and asked to be flown home a month into this venture. (Sad, but blatantly true) A wonderful touch of humor made me actually want to meet this woman while she so colorfully explained her adventure through her personal journal of a strong woman making a new life, with three children in Italy. It really was inspiring. Jill is certainly a wonderful story teller and I hope that there's more to come.(?)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! A wonderful look into the life and ...
Great book! A wonderful look into the life and adventures of an inspiring woman who moves to a small village in italy and carves a new life for herself. Not to be missed!
Published 8 days ago by marjorie Donofrio
3.0 out of 5 stars good, but missing something
It was an interesting story and started off really good. I found myself losing interest when she got bogged down in details about the animals. Read more
Published 1 month ago by misssweettea
5.0 out of 5 stars The diary of a single parent abroad
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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luci
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of The Diary of a Single Parent Abroad
Loved the book, Having been to Italy many times and always wanting to live there and to turn into an Itailan this book is a wonderful reality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ciao Nona!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !
I could not put this book down. A humorous look at making lemonade from lemons. I hope there will be more books by Jill Pennington in the future.
Published 3 months ago by Janet Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Diary of a single parent abroad
This was a very well written book that kept my attention to the very end and left me wanting more.
Published 4 months ago by Linda Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable memoir of an amazing woman and her children
Jill Pennington writes a story that easily be read as excellent fiction, but sadly it isn't - it's true. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars La (not so) Dolce Vita!
Okay, so her husband dumped her (and his kids) but he did it in a rather unusual way. He didn't just move in with one of their female friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Whistlers Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable woman. Astonishing story.
Jill Pennington is a remarkable woman, and this is an astonishing story. Most people, in Jill’s situation, would probably return to the security and familiarity of the life they... Read more
Published 4 months ago by George Mahood
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, often funny tale that is honest and straight talking
The Diary of a Single Parent Abroard by Jill Pennington was published in June 2013. I have enjoyed this tale of an adventure that turned out very differently from the initial plan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lincs Reader
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More About the Author

My name is Jill Pennington, I am a 'Britalian' originally from Yorkshire (England) and now living in Italy. I have three teenage children and a small farm in Emilia Romagna. I have written about life in the Italian mountains and have a follow up blog on facebook.

Facebook blog - http://www.facebook.com/TheDiaryOfASingleParentAbroad

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