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Part (5) (Fat Dogs) Paperback – Import, 1 September 2021
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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
About the Author
- Publisher : Ant Press UK (1 September 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1915024161
- ISBN-13 : 978-1915024169
- Item Weight : 520 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.03 x 22.86 cm
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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.
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.
In addition to Brutus their easy going cat and the Chickens,Wild Boar and Pheasants from part IV we get to meet two lovely new pups Australian Shepherd dogs to fill the void left by Sam and Biff and join her on her walks around their domain and providing lots of funny stories of their antics as they grow. More feathered friends to add to their menagerie either bought or donated by friendly farmers under the usual protestations by Jack who nevertheless ends up taking great interest and is very helpful to Beth in rearing this ever increasing load against his unsucessful determination and desire for a peaceful and restful retirement! Their social life with wonderfully descriptive characters who fill their new lives and a glorious insight in to the area in which they live makes this very gifted writer a pleasure to read. Her way with words and sense of humour are second to none. She leaves me impatiently wanting Part VI to be written as soon as possible as there must be loads more to tell...
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.