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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Pea Publishing (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957106602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957106604
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karen Wheeler is an award-winning fashion and beauty writer and former Fashion Editor of the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Born near Liverpool in the north of England, she studied Modern History at Kings College, London University and worked briefly at Sotheby's art auctioneers before embarking on a career in fashion journalism.

During her career she has interviewed many of fashion's top names including Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and Calvin Klein and has written on a regular basis for many national newspapers and supplements including the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Times Style, The Mail on Sunday and ES magazine. She is also a three times winner of the Jasmine Literary award for writing about fragrance.

She moved to France in August 2005 thanks to several random twists of fate, initially planning to stay for a year. Five years and two books later, she is still enjoying 'la vie rurale' and fortunately, most of her neighbours - many of whom feature in Tout Sweet and Toute Allure - are still speaking to her. She is currently working on her third book.

More information about the author can be found on her blog, www.toutsweet.net, which charts her everyday life in France and at www.karenwheeler.co.uk. She also writes a regular column for Living France magazine, in which she shares more tales from the Poitou-Charentes.

Customer Reviews

Having read Karen's first 2 books, I couldn't wait for the third to be published.
Judith A Lord
At some point, her memoir moved more into a touching story of intense love, intense heartbreak and incredible emotion.
D. Sundberg
I really hope Ms. Wheeler continues to write this series...she's a very talented and insightful writer!
nancy in SF

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K.R. Clifton on March 27, 2012
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I happen to pick up Karen Wheeler's first book, Tout Sweet, off the bottom shelve in a book store. Since I love France, I thought it might be a fun read and had nothing else to read at the time. It was so much fun that I read all 3 book, Tout Sweet, Toute Allure and Tout Soul in one month.

My favorite chapter was "Cucumber Juice". It's her humorous story of a visit to a spa in Spain.

I recommend her series of books to anyone needing a short escape from everyday life. She takes you away to her village in France. You meet her friends, neighbors and her little dog, Biff.

Since most writers write only one book per year, I am sorry I have to wait a year to read her next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith A Lord on June 6, 2012
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If you love reading stories on life in rural France, this is indeed a pearler.

Having read Karen's first 2 books, I couldn't wait for the third to be published. Once again, I was not disappointed. What a wonderful read of her continuing ups and downs of life in rural France. There are so many little funny anecdotes of French village life that one cannot believe they are true. As I live in rural Brittany, I can assure you that these delightful little cameos of people and life are quite authentic, which makes them more endearing.

And what an ending! It really knocked my socks off and moved me to tears. I cannot wait for the next edition of Karen's life and loves in this gorgeous country. Keep up the good work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Silvana on June 4, 2012
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I anxiously waited a year for Tout Soul to be released after having read and loved Tout Sweet and Tout Allure. Tout Soul was completely engaging from the first chapter and a wonderful continuatiion of the author's journey.

This book's storyline continues with the musings and experiences of Karen Wheeler in rural France and Luis (the Lion) with many unexpected bumps and bends along the road. I laughed at the charming and witty account of the author's adventures and cried along with her as she faced one of life's most difficult situations. I applaud her joie de vivre, tennacity and strength in embracing all that life offers and her growth process along the way and privileged to be able to share it all with her.

This book was the perfect start to my summer reading and look forward to her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bas bleu TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2012
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The first book in this series Tout Sweet , tells about Karens dream of changing her physical and mental locality at a much needed time in her life.
Book 2 Toute Allure tells about the fun experience of becoming part of all that is new and different from anyplace you have experienced before, then our single authoress begins to settle into her new life style and experiences a couple of very bitter love periods. Now the story becomes a story that could happen anywhere, because experiences of the heart are an individual experience that happens deep within ourselves and is exclusive to the individuals involved in their love, feelings, needs, expectations, hopes and dreams for the relationship. Karen is a winner she took her painful heartbreaking circumstances and turned them around by learning what is truly important in life from beginning to end. A story we can all gain from. The series of 3 books paint the total picture of a life of change and growth in the French countryside. And proof that the life we live from our heart and soul reaches much further then where we live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Johnson on November 27, 2012
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After reading the first installment in this series, "Tout Sweet" I promptly ordered the next two books, "Tout Allure" and this one. I could have easily sat and read both books together in one sitting. I would always have to tear myself away from each sitting. Easily my favorite read in the past few years. It isn't so much about nonstop excitement and drama although it has plenty, but more the rich entwining of the different characters that come and go through her life as it evolves that I have found so interesting. Many times I found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenarios as I could easily relate. Karen does such a good job of describing the scenes and people that it truly is like watching a movie in which I wish someone would make. I have recommended these books to many of my friends and I hope the author keeps on writing about her adventures in Rural France
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bitsy on July 9, 2013
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Beautifully written, and so tenderly thought provoking. Loved the setting, and the imagery described from such a heart felt place. This book caught me by surprise and leaves me in a place of gratitude. Thank you Karen, for sharing your story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Dixon on May 29, 2013
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Karen Heller continues her story and it continues to be an enjoyable read. I find her story much more relatable than Under the Tuscan Sun and its sequels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denowl on November 9, 2012
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This is a delightful book. Factual story of a girls pursuit of happiness in a small French village and how she overcomes all the slings and arrows that fate throws at her.
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