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Fat Dogs and French Estates Box Set : Parts I, II and III Kindle Edition
When Beth, her grumpy husband Jack, and their two fat dogs set off to buy a French country estate, they have no idea that it will become such an extraordinary adventure. Surviving near-death experiences, they drive thousands of kilometres around estates steeped in history and crazy aristocrats.
Do they find the perfect property? Or is their dream shattered?
Find out in this three-volume introduction to their remarkable lives in France.
- ASIN : B08K988NXX
- Publisher : Ant Press (4 November 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4954 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 869 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #330,619 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beth and her husband Jack set off on their travels with their 2 dogs, Sam an Australian Shepherd who is on the rather large size (he is supposed to be that size) and Biff a Norfolk Terrier with a weak bladder and who fizzes. Armed with SatNav woman, maps, snack boxes, luggage, tools and of course all the paraphernalia involved in travelling with their canine companions. They are off to find their forever home in France.
I often laughed out loud at the antics of the dogs and Jack's sarcastic comments. Poor Biff with his fizzing episodes and Sam well, he just loves water...any water clean, dirty, muddy....as long as it is wet it will do for Sam, bless.
Beth has a unique take on every aspect of life, and her wit and perspective, along with a touch of exaggeration, yields hilarious results. Poor Jack does not share her points of view or sense of humour. I love Jack's perverse and droll sense of humour especially when he refers to ItsWill and his hand waving as if on an open bus tour.
What an adventure they had with high and lows. Their search for the perfect estate in France gave fascinating insights into the areas that the couple explored. The elation and disappointment hope that this next one would be the one with the wow factor just to have all their hopes dashed. I felt both their disappointments and their joys and did not want it to end.
When all hope has gone and poor Jack is about at the end of his tether ItsWill comes up trump. Finally, they have found the house of their dreams. After an exhausting day at the Notary success...they receive the keys for their new home..only to discover once they moved in that it was far from perfect and needed much work doing.
Fat Dogs Part 3
After finally buying their dream home in France will this be Beth and Jack living the dream!
Oh dear, they now know why the house had so many wall tapestries and large furniture and what they were hiding. Crumbling walls with critters of all sorts coming out of the floors, walls and ceilings, will there be any end to the problems.
Even though book 3 is tinged with sadness there is still much happiness and laughter. We learn of the many trials and tribulations of renovating a house in a foreign country. Beth and Jack show an insight into dealing with French workmen and their many mood swings and foibles, especially with the problem English builder Bob. Then there is quiet sedate Nathan, happy to please and much in where needed, that is along as he beloved forest is fine and dandy. Nothing ever seems too much for him almost as if he is just thankful for his job; we all need a Nathan in our lives.
Beth's keen eye and descriptive narration of these colourful artisan characters bring them to life, she is a very talented author.
At times I could imagine Jack going a bit red around the gills as he tries so hard not to lose his patience and temper with the various contractors. Poor Jack is set in his ways and likes his routine and solitude, all the same, he sounds such a lovable chap. He comes across as being stubborn, after a bit of persuading he nearly always comes round to Beth's way of thinking. In a lot of ways he reminds me of my dear Dad, I am sure if they had met they would have had a lot in common.
With her descriptive narration Beth makes the hunting estate come alive, I can see the beautiful deer grazing...that is until dear old Biff decides to intervene and give chase. I can imagine the wonderful characters at the Auberge Manuel the temperamental chef and the barstool buddies Jean-Claude and Janeau.
They also meet with their new neighbours and learn that it is not fashionable to be late in France. What a colourful and friendly lot they are, Monsieur LeBrun with his crates of apples and Anton ever-ready supply of advice and opinions, wanted or not...I am sure there will be more to come from these colourful characters in FD4
And, I have to say, these delightful books would have been worth every penny at full price. I laughed, I cried, I tore out my hair and I celebrated with Beth and her grumpy Jack in this wonderful series of stories.
Beth and Jack are looking for a French Estate with plenty of land, a small house, and definitely NOT a doer upper. How difficult can that be to find?
It appears that the answer is very! In book one we follow Beth and Jack on their initial house hunting trip. Such is Beth’s way with words that this short trip flies by as we are regaled with stories of incompetent estate agents, weird and wonderful ruins with bizarre ‘gardiens’ and of course beautiful fat dogs.
But do they finally find a property which fits their criteria before time runs out and they have to head back to England?
Without giving away the box set I think I can say yes, but things are not quite what they seem and plenty more adventures follow.
Beyond that you will really have to buy this set. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed at any price.
I consumed Fat Dogs and French Estates 1-3 quite greedily and, with a calm acceptance of my gluttony, quickly downloaded the next two books in the series. I wasn’t disappointed.
Beth’s descriptions of an emerging and robust social life in a country, environment and culture different from the familiar; of an accepting, determined and effective battle with local (and at times quaint) bureaucracy; and of beautiful animals I wish I owned or could live alongside, kept me turning the pages quickly and imagining myself in the same landscape.
Enticing was how I would describe Beth’s tendency to leave a cliffhanging statement at the end of each chapter, which was immediately addressed in the next and quickly satisfied curiosity.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading all five Fat Dogs and French Estates and can’t quite believe I’ve never met Beth. I feel I know her. In a nice way, of course.
Do yourself a favour (an acknowledgement here to Australia’s Molly Meldrum) and read these books!