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The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Olive Oil in the South of France Paperback – June 25, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
While I found interesting and informative to re-discover my hometown through the eyes of the writer, I was totally captured by the many sides to this book: the story about a foreigner adapting to a different culture (which I can relate to, having made my home in the USA...), a international love story between a French man and an English woman (I am French and my husband American), the author learning to become a stepmother, the huge task of nursing back to life a beautiful property which had been abandoned by its previous owners....
There are lots of stories within the main story... All so well written, I lost track of time a lot while reading this book...
I also, through her descriptions, recognized some of the characters!! (small town... VERY small town!!)
It was a true feast and I am ordering the sequel as soon as I am finished writing this review!!
Get this book, it will literally absorb you into its own world... Getting a glimpse of the South of France without leaving your armchair should be enticing enough... I could smell the lavender in the breeze, hear the ciccadas, and almost taste the local foods I so miss here in the US...
I recommend it to you all without any reservation!
Carol Drinkwater's style of writing is unique in the way she let us take part in her life. The book is so much more than a book about buying a farm, it is a love story to the man in her kife she has just met, it is the story of how to adjust in the life of being a step mother, it is a story of adapting another country and it's inhabitants. And her writing is so good you just melt into the book, can't put it down, feel you are there at the farm with her.
What I liked most about the book si that it shows several aspacts of the "sweet life". Not everything is romantic, we also meet the shadows of the life of buying the farm. Drinkwater opens her heart to the readers for good and for worse, and this way she makes to book a masterpiece of the love story literature.
Thanks for this book. I have already ordered it's sequel and know that when it arrives I will need to put aside anything else for some reading hours.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
than fabulous. I found it to be honest, sincere, humorous and incredibly moving. After
reading Ms. Drinkwater's work, I feel as though I know her. I want to visit her and Michel
and help work on their farm, drink wine with them and explore the south of France. It is
as if one were actually there and privy to all their joys, successes, failures and secrets. It
has been a very long time since I have read a book that I wanted more of. I was actually sorry
to have finished it. Bravo Ms. Drinkwater! Bravo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed that it was more down to earth than some of this genre and they seemed to meet real people - of all stripes - in their quest to make this farm a home. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Trish
While visiting from Minnesota, I found out my cousin and her husband in Hawaii had read most of the Olive Farm books. Read morePublished 6 months ago by deborah jindra
A charming, captivating book full of the fun and foibles of the very real life she leads and the romance that comes with it. I'm dying to read the next one.Published 9 months ago by LCS Evans
Funny, well-written. If you love lighthearted books with the ups and downs of daily life and traveling this is for you!Published 11 months ago by Jessica
Someone recommended this to me when we were talking about France, and went on about how much her husband loved the book and had just ordered the second in the series - so I... Read morePublished 12 months ago by paula h
A great tale. I love stories like this where it is just about ordinary people and the struggles and triumphs in their everyday life. Loved hearing it read by the author. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer