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Life is never dull for Beth and her grumpy husband, Jack. In this fifth sparkling episode of the Fat Dogs series, they take on an accident-prone puppy, an impossible forest project and murderous pheasants. Renewed tangles with French authorities and an unexpected animal adoption add to their challenges.
Join the pair as they hunt down rampant mushroomers, raise countless critters and build witches with knobbly knees in their eccentric corner of rural France.
"Oh, I LOVE Beth Haslam's writing. Her character descriptions are so exquisite I feel I could reach into the pages and shake hands (or paws) with the people and animals she meets. But that's not all. Unruly pups, cats, birds and wild animals galore are just a few of the many reasons why I couldn't put this book down." Victoria Twead, New York Times bestselling authorof 'Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools'
"An exceptional blend of memoir, history, and animals. Heartwarming and funny, it's like feasting on comfort food without calories. Simply scrumptious!" Julie Haigh, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Moving to France, what could possibly go wrong?
When Beth and her grumpy husband, Jack, set off with their fat dogs to buy a French estate, they have no idea that it will become an extraordinary adventure. They survive terrifying events, meet eccentric aristocrats and drive thousands of kilometres viewing ancient domaines.
Do they find the perfect property? Can they cope with rural French life and an estate teeming with wildlife? And why do they amass such a curious assortment of abandoned animals? Join Beth and Jack to find out.
Join Beth and her grumpy husband in this hilarious, bestselling series as they find their place amongst colourful locals and a collection of animals: wild, tame and rescued.
Wild boar piglets
Young roe deer
Feed time for Napoleon, the rescued pot-bellied piglet
Brutus and Beth
- ASIN : B08PTLXBXQ
- Publisher : Ant Press (16 January 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 3988 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #343,108 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3,383 in Travel & Tourism (Kindle Store)
- #8,855 in Travel & Tourism (Books)
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It’s hard work running the estate and not everything goes to plan with several upsetting incidents during the year. Again, these are described so vividly they will bring a tear to your eyes – they did to me. There are a couple of ferocious pheasants, a gaggle of geese and other lovely, feathered friends. Their doggy menagerie grows and it was just lovely to read how Max and Aby came into their lives. I love that pair! And Hunter as well. Not forgetting little (at that time) Tripod the wild boar.
I love the historical descriptions too – what a fascinating area to live. I could just picture some of those trips as Beth’s writing is so descriptive. It’s a fabulous series warm, witty, and just brilliant.
Then there's Jack who is irascible, selfish and downright mean to his wife most of the time. She asks for it sometimes but when I read about the way he treats her, I thank my lucky stars that my late husband was loving and kind and who would have died rather than treat me like Jack treated Beth.
Then, to crown it all, we were given a crystal clear description of one of the dogs eating its own excrement! What??? That actually made me feel queasy.
All in all, this book was boring and not much different from the previous ones.
Please Beth, don't bother writing any more!
Part 5, well what can I say?
We have all been on tenterhooks awaiting the release of Beth's latest book and it did not disappoint. With Beth's unique writing and storytelling skills, the book is full of life, excitement and wonder. Life on the country estate is not easy and does not run as smoothly as big soft, curmudgeon Jack would like, nevertheless, he would not swop his lifestyle for the world. Who said life was easy?
We are reacquainted with familiar neighbours, all who have larger than life characteristics, introduced to new people who come into their lives. We also see the addition of many new animals into their lives, non more welcome than Beth's new Australian Shepherd Dogs, what beauties they are.
Beautiful Aby with her gentle ladylike ways and poor smiling, accident-prone Max who likes nothing more than to belly flop into the water, any water. Along came happy little Tripod, the three-legged baby wild boar along with Hunter the poor Hunting Dog they found on the side of the road and nursed back to health. Other new animal additions include pheasants, geese, chickens, rabbits.
With all the warrens and pens to build, fences to repair and maintain, electric fences to install there is never a dull or quiet moment around the forest and gardens. Yes, there is a lot of work involved but it is an idyllic life immersed in the beautiful French countryside. It is so easy to see why the people have taken Beth and Jack into their hearts and welcomed them into their lives and also why they themselves love life at La Palizac so much.
I love the cover and little animal caricatures marking the beginning of each chapter along with the History that Beth always manages to weave into her story. The forest, markets and characters are all brought to life with Beth's descriptive writing.
All of this adds up to a truly amazing book and once again I thank you, Beth.
Beth has a wonderfully relaxed writing style that draws you in from the very first page and holds you close to the very last. As I caught up with the latest Haslam household adventures I felt like an old friend invited back for a convivial reunion. Catching up with the gossip, sitting beside Beth in the garden on Sammy Swingseat with a glass of wine, watching the sunset!
Jack’s dream of a graceful retirement is still just a dream as each day brings more surprises and unexpected challenges. These two throw themselves into life on their French domain with enviable enthusiasm and a terrific ‘can-do’ attitude. Nothing seems to phase them and Beth’s lovely warm personality and sense of fun shines through on every page. Life is an unpredictable rollercoaster of a ride with rewarding highs, frustrating lows and everything imaginable in between.
For the first time we meet the gloriously named puppies Gemstone Palizac du Calestra and Gauthier Palizac du Calestra aka adorable furry mutts Max and Aby, and what a joy they are!
Beth’s extraordinary empathy with animals is never more apparent than in her relationship with the timid three-legged baby boar Tripod. It is both moving and inspirational.
Add to the mix an eclectic group of friends and neighbours and you have all the ingredients of an entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Beth is extraordinary; a resilient and fun person, a gifted writer and a truly kind lady with a great big heart.