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Fat Dogs and French Estates, Part 4 Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07MNB6VWD
- Publisher : Ant Press; 1st edition (February 1, 2019)
- Publication date : February 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3362 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 518 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #184,941 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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This is the continuation of the story of Beth’s, Sam’s (the fat dog in the title), and her (grumpy) husband Jack’s move to the French countryside. The descriptions of their village, home, land, and animals, both domestic and wild, is detailed, nuanced, and almost a visual feast as you read (and there are some interesting smells thrown in too). She details their interactions with the local French people (and even Polish foresters) they encounter whether neighbors, artisans, laborers, or shopkeepers and while she finds the humor in some of the misunderstandings that occur due to cultural differences or language struggles, it is always done in a sensitive way. I think my favorite story is that of a "short" trip on the motorway to pick up pheasants that turns into an epic voyage in searing heat without air conditioning (French roads do that to you).
I have read the other three books in this series and if you have not I recommend that you do. To me a good book is hard to follow up and I had to put aside my kindle for a day before I could interest myself in starting something new. Soon to come, but not soon enough for me, Fat Dogs and French Estates V.
When a storm brings catastrophic damage to the forest on their estate (as well as different parts of France), I wondered how they would handle it. They already had trouble with wild boars, who the neighboring farmer insisted escaped from their estate.
This book delighted me to no end! I loved the author’s descriptive voice as she introduced the reader to neighbors, shopkeepers and even a couple of hunting regulators. I cheered, laughed and embraced her ever widening circle of animals (both pets and wildlife). I even cried a couple of times.
The interaction between the author and her so-called grumpy husband also made me chuckle. He had the characteristics of a good French bread, crusty on the outside but so soft underneath—great with a good wine. (Sorry, Jack).
I learned so much about conservation and French culture. Like their precious Tigger, whose antics landed him in precarious situations, I, too, alternately rested and howled as events blew me through the pages of this installment of Fat Dogs and French Estates. I highly recommend it. Each of her books are also now in Large Print!
There were some vivid descriptions that I especially enjoyed, such as the night and day of the big storm. Then there were the gorgeous accounts of their wildlife viewing, the meetings they had with various eccentric locals at the auberge and the charming characters who help them with their renovations.
I laughed at the animals' antics and Beth's ability to persuade Jack into collecting ever more pets. Later, I cried with Beth when tragedy strikes and felt her sorrow deeply.
Altogether, this was a wonderful read with some evocative description, great dialogue and plenty of giggles too. And to add to the pleasure, I am getting to like grumpy Jack more with each book. He's beginning to feel like an old friend now!
I would highly recommend this book (and the entire series) to anyone who can appreciate the challenges of tackling a fixer-upper residence, learning new cultural ways, and who has a heart for nature and animals.
Top reviews from other countries
The devastation to the forest caused by a great storm is brilliantly described; having survived a similar event I remember the horror and the sadness of seeing trees broken and uprooted.
I enjoyed their interactions with the French artisans restoring their property, their neighbours, their zest for life and passion for animals. Despite Jack’s grumpy reputation, he’s certainly a gentle, caring soul where animals are concerned and seems to be putty in Beth’s hands.
A great, realistic look at life in rural France with all its ups and downs, and most of all I am in awe of their vision and their energy in pursuing their dreams.
My review is for the series books 1-5. I bought the series 1-3 loved them so bought 3 and 4 as I had to find out the rest of Beth and Jack's adventures.
Beth and Jack decide to buy a second home in France with a wood.!!
Beth writes in a humorous and entertaing way on how the best laid plans can get in the way of true life.
Husband Jack is a bit grumpy not into animals or people but the love they have for each other shines through.
Beth describes the local area the people they meet and their animals in such a way the area will be on your 'to visit' list.
Their neighbours become dear friends.
You will feel tired just reading about their daily trials and tribulations but you will also smile and sometimes cry and be so pleased at the end of every book that there is another one to read.
I am only sad book 6 is not yet out.
What amazing things this couple have done to their home and the land!
It is wonderful and very emotional to read this book with all the things that need tackling.
So enjoyed reading about the ongoing story and think Book 5 will be read quite soon.