Toujours La France! Living the Dream in Rural France, is a brilliant book, sharing with us the experiences of a couple living in the north of France. The book meanders through the days and seasons, full of delightful stories.
Janine Marsh, the author, tells us about their many pets and their rambling house that still needs doing up. I loved reading about their many cats and dogs as well as other animals they meet in their village. Janine gets us to meet the neighbours and friends n the village. I enjoyed reading about the Bread Man as well as their friend JeanClaude.
Toujours La France gives you a wonderful idea about life in France, sharing people’s lifestyles as well as food. A lot of the book is taken up with French food, which is great to read about. The information about snails made me shudder, but other foods sounded delicious.
Toujours La France is a rather quick read, maybe because it’s so relaxing. The way Janine invites us into their lives and gets us to sit around the table with them. Janine travels around France a lot, and some of her stories are from other areas of France, but most of the book is set around their home in the north of France.
Janine and her husband Mark have been in the north of France for a while, doing up the house gradually. Animals were added just as gradually, and the village smiles indulgently at them. I enjoyed that side of the book although learning about how daily life in France works, as the stories were so interesting and engaging.
I was given a review copy of the book via Love Books Tours but was under no pressure or obligation to write a favourable review.