Fat Dogs and French Estates, Part 3 Paperback – November 24, 2016
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- Publisher : Independently published (November 24, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 338 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1731546998
- ISBN-13 : 978-1731546999
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.85 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,790,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have a preference for writers who enjoy the people in their new surroundings rather than disdaining them and Beth does not disappoint. Rather, she comes across as a kind person who is genuinely interested in the world around her. The love of nature and the deep appreciation for the quiet moments at sunset was also an element that I related to and enjoyed.
The book was well written and I do recommend it if you like to peek over the shoulders of others as they enjoy new adventures--it is a way to make one's way around the world for much less than the price of a ticket!
Beth's witty descriptions of the characters they come in contact with, and the difficulties they encounter, make for a really fun read. Wildlife abounds; unfortunately it's not all confined to the forest! Plenty of fat dogs, and her irascible but lovable husband Jack populate this wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and can't wait for part 4!!
Top reviews from other countries
With the help of four very skilled but temperamental tradesmen and one Englishman a so called carpenter. But also to sort out and restore the vast Domain surrounding them with inherited Wild Boar and Roe Deer. Beth certainly has a way with words her descriptions of the various tradesmen employed to partly demolish and restore the main house into a comfy home are so well portrayed one doesn't need much of an imagination to picture them as different and very funny personalities. Her analogies of her surroundings and activities are like seeing paintings come to life. Jack is such a character too he gets things done and does not suffer fools gladly but always unless it really grates agrees with all Beth's choices of decor and the right pieces to fill their home she uses her womanly wiles of course to get him to comply. They are a well matched pair fitting in with the locals and soaking up their culture. I would never have the stamina or tenacity to suffer all those insects and other wild creatures that inhabit the old properties whilst trying to build a new and livable home. It seems like we are in for more house restoring as two more properties are there to be given the Haslam touch and Beth is talking of Rabbits Pheasants and chickens I can't quite see this wonderful haven of woods wild life and 3 restored properties being a 'second home'? The toing and froing back to Blighty will ease off but I will only find out what's in store in Part 4 so I have bought and downloaded it and have got stuck in to this most heartwarming of adventures of making a new home in a foreign country...
Definitely worth a 5* review.
Now for Part IV
Jack, the other half of the couple is a former company chief who has an aversion to any kind of small-talk and very little patience for anything else. Think of a funnier and wittier Victor Meldrew and that sounds about right.
The artisans and builders who help the couple are eccentric and sometimes unreliable, but two in particular are skilled craftsmen and do an excellent job. The problem builder is an Englishman called Bob, who claims to be a qualified carpenter with years of experience, yet his shoddy workmanship causes numerous problems.
Beth has a fantastic sense of humour and oodles of patience as she copes with all of the drama and looks after her two dogs Sam and Biff, the Fat Dogs element of the books.
Now I'm bereft that I'm up to date with the whole series and have to wait for Fat Dogs and French Dogs IV!
Fat Dogs 2 concluded with the family finally buying their French property, so would Fat Dogs 3 be an account of living the dream? Ooh la la non, it seems more like a nightmare, with crumbling walls, pests with no legs, four legs, eight legs and everything in-between, not to mention the colourful cast of artisans employed to put this rural idyll back to it's former glory. Jack can't possibly be as grumpy as he pretends to be, given that he had so much patience with the dreadful Bob the builder. I'm sure I wouldn't have found the loir so amusing had they been throwing wild parties in my bathroom, but I confess that I was charmed by these tubby door mice and their antics.
I laughed, sobbed and chuckled some more over this latest memoir by Beth Haslam, and give it a well deserved 5 stars.