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Nothing earth-shaking happens in this book. It is simply a lovable tale of life in a small village in Burgundy, but the style is upbeat and takes you away from your own daily problems. Laura and husband Franck are battling against time to have another cottage fixed up in time for paying guests. In between they have to contend with difficult workmen and two small children -- plus the endless problems with French administration, rules and regulations.
I loved the description of the eating and drinking, and wanted more of that! I thoroughly enjoyed the real-life tale, and I wonder if a third book might be in the pipeline? Laura must have quite a lot of anecdotes about her guests, seeing that they're renting out two cottages by now!
I was not happy to read in the postscript that she seemed (seems?) to have health problems, and has had a liver transplant, if I understood that correctly. Laura, I wish you well! Keep on writing.
There are some small errors, which no doubt happened when it was made into a Kindle edition. But it did not spoil anything for me.
“We have little girls here that have come all the way from Canada to help us with the harvest. Everybody, say bonjour to les petites Canadiennes!”
My girls snipped off grapes and helped haul buckets to the tractor, and then, when that was full, they were invited to ride on the tractor that was festooned with grape vines. Franck and I followed behind on foot through the vineyards."
Their dad delighted his wife and daughters:
"Camille gasped. “We never found the princess!” “I think I saw a glimpse of her gown between the rows of vines when you two were riding on the tractor,” Franck said. “We’ll just have to keep looking.”
Laura's appalling driving lessons in a standard gear shift car, and lack of adequate training resulted in her damaging the side of their new car as she reversed between two narrow pillars to escape the fury of about ten incensed drivers. Who could resist the charm of her little girls and husband comforting her? "Camille and Charlotte crouched down to get a better look. “It looks like a smile,” Charlotte said, finally. “It looks like the side of the car is smiling.” “You see?” Franck pulled me in closer and dried my tears with his shirt sleeve."
Her love for the young man she fell in love with shines through every book:
"I caught Franck’s eyes and widened mine. His hazel eyes danced with delight. He knew exactly how I was feeling, but I could tell he was quite enjoying the absurdity of it all."
This is an unforgettable series, even for a tee-totaller, despite the copious consumption of alcohol in each book. The joy of living makes each story spectacular.
Thank you Laura for sharing your love story with us! We are truly thrilled to have spent time with you and your lovely family and friends. Maybe the potential loss of life made you grab the chance to make sure the world knows how deeply you lived and loved.
Last year, my wife, Dottie, and I were planning a trip to France, including two weeks in Paris and a week in Provence. In preparation, I searched Amazon for books about France and Laura Bradbury’s My Grape Village popped up.
It arrived in a few days.
I’ve often mused about moving to Italy or France (two of our most favorite countries), and have read Peter Mayle’s books with great pleasure.
To find another author with Mayle’s talent for story telling on the subject of putting down roots in a new country was a great pleasure. Laura Bradbury’s style is personal, relaxed and captivating. I was hooked within the first few pages and couldn’t put her story down.
Not only was I transported to Burgundy and introduced to its culture, food, wines and characters, I also got to know Laura, her husband Frank, and her daughters. She makes it easy to imagine oneself taking the leaps of faith she took. Her self-deprecating humor kept me smiling as I was introduced to her challenges in restoring the old house and getting her children settled in a new country. It was stimulating and fun read. I wanted more.
I found in her “My Grape Escape,” which actually took me back in time to Frank and Laura’s first leap of faith move to France when they restored their first home there. It was so nice to reconnect. I read through the “Escape” with the same pleasure as Village.
Fortunately Laura was not done writing her story. I was able to buy “My Grape Year,” the third book of the trilogy, this year, thereby completing my journey back in time to her first French experience as an exchange student.
I hope she keeps writing. And a stay at one of her vacation rentals in Burgundy is on our bucket list.