Fat Dogs and French Estates, Part 1 (Large Print) (Fat Dogs Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, March 22, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published; Large type / Large print edition (March 22, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 370 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1091217947
- ISBN-13 : 978-1091217942
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,244,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The husband, described as irascible, is simply a relentlessly rude and abusive bully. And the author, his wife, doesn't seem to get that she's being mistreated. Apparently it's all hilarious to her, tiptoeing around this jerk for fear of setting him off. Bizarre. Even their dogs are horrible... and I love dogs. But these two have no training whatsoever and are totally out of control in public. One of them attacks anyone wearing black trousers. Do they leash the crazy dog to protect others? No. I think at least three times, the dog attacked someone, but the couple laughs it off and refers to the victims as sissies who simply overreact to being attacked. Really?
It's almost as if this author wrote these books solely for the opportunity to insult the French people and diminish their culture. I kept hoping they'd inflict their tasteless behavior on someone who would put them in their place. So petty is the constant diatribe, that I simply stopped reading. Absolutely ridiculous. And wildly exaggerated as well, I suspect.
And hey, if you've been shown ten properties with run down homes not up to your standards, then clearly you cannot afford what you're looking for!
As for the 6 months of planning behind the property search, I have never seen or heard of such a collection of weird places. Provence and languedoc have a wonderful range of properties for every taste that can be found in 6 minutes on the Web. Sorry Beth but it does not add up.
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From deciding to leave England and move to a rural home with plenty of land preferably in the very lovely South of France in order to persue their hobbies Beth and her husband Jack with two beloved and diametrically opposed pooches make this very entertaining and hilarious trip by car.
After a good deal of research Beth had chosen several suitable Estates to view her husband who loves all things mechanical or electrical that he can get his hands on to fix has no patience with recalcitrant dogs and inefficient estate agents . The characters we meet along the way owners hoteliers and especially the properties on offer make for hilarious reading. Beth certainly has a way with words. Her description of the scenery homes and people we get to meet is such delightful prose. We are left with the proverbial dangling carrot wanting to know what comes next, have they found their dream home where is it what does it look like? I will find out soon enough can't wait...
Misadventures abound - poor Jack’s tooth, hailstones as big as hamsters, mountain roads even an agile goat would refuse to climb, an estate agent with vertigo who pukes during a viewing, the list seems endless! Beth’s two quirky dogs are a delight but bring added problems. Sam (no he’s not a Collie!) who either sleeps or dives uninvited into swimming pools, and the boisterous, irrepressible Biff who has a weak bladder and a penchant for attacking black trouser legs with the ferocity of a starving wolf.
There are hilarious encounters with idiosyncratic owners. My personal favourite is ‘Madame’ a ‘vision of Bohemian couture’ in her Kaftan animal print and vast collection of dangling metal jewelry who greets Beth and Jack ‘like a ship in full sail’! Beth’s colourful description of Madame’s amazing floating boudoir has left an indelible imprint on my mind.
I left our ‘intrepids’ with six failures and heading for yet another viewing, but Jack is running out of patience and Beth is getting downhearted. Will they succeed in their quest or is it back to the UK bitterly disappointed?
I’m about to find out, I’ve just bought ‘Fat Dogs and French Estates Part II .... !
Shame on you,Beth, for wasting your life on such a dreadful man. You deserve much better! I couldn't live my life worrying about whether my words or actions provoked such vitriol. My advice would be to dump him . . . Quickly!