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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Drinkwater Narrator: Carol Drinkwater Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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For many, Carol Drinkwater will be forever remembered for her part as the wholesome Helen Herriot in the television series All Creatures Great and Small.

But since being a successful actress in England, she has spent the past 13 years in France with her husband Michel. This is the story of her new life, of the trials and tribulations of acquiring an olive farm, restoring it, farming the olives, overcoming the heartaches of taking on a new French family and slowly coming to understand the workings and life of a vivacious Provencal community - opening the door to vibrant Mediterranean world....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. The descriptions of the locations, the wines, the food, the people, and the events made me feel like I was there. Plus I have been to that part of France and I've felt the heat and remember the way the hills and roads lead down to Cannes, with a wide view of the salty Mediterranean Sea. The love Carol Drinkwater has for the home and land that she's been dreaming about, found and shared with her gentle, sensitive partner, Michael, made the trials and tribulations of attaining it an adventure worth reading about. The French culture, dealing with the government officials to acquire the rights to purchase the home of her dreams was a lesson in international home buying. When I started the book I expected the story to be an imitation of Under the Tuscan Sun, but it was totally different and I found the writing to be really down to earth and engaging. I never knew a lot about growing olives, but this gave me a whole new appreciation for eating them and using the oil. A romantic, exciting, and sometimes provocative mix of emotions about making a life-time dream a reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Swanbender2001 | 2/13/2014

    " This was well-written and descriptive; the setting and tone drew me into the life of Carol and Michel and all they encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/27/2014

    " Set near Cannes, this book is all about the discovery of a property and the couple who try to bring it back to its former life. The trials, tribulations and challenges involved in becoming farmers. The story is beautiful, heart-lifting and a feel good thing. Made me desperately want to go move back somewhere to a place where gardening happens all year, not just for one season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/26/2014

    " A magical telling of many people's dreams to start afresh in the French countryside , with 2 more books in the series,a heart rending story in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/25/2014

    " Loved it. It gets better as you go along. I loved it when they finally harvest the olives. Oh I want to GO there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne | 1/23/2014

    " Filled with the trials of cleaning up a dilapidated olive farm. But there is hope and the colors of the South of France kept me turning the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/19/2014

    " I'm a sucker for stories about ex-pats resettling in a new country. This book told an interesting/amusing/sometimes sad account of a couple rejuvenating an old farm, with informative lessons on growing olive trees for oil. Characters seemed larger than life at times, but it made me want to explore the south of France. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/10/2014

    " One of the best of this genre. Loved it. Wonderful descriptions, interesting things happening, and makes you want to go real-estate hunting is the south of France. Of course I already did want to do that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/5/2014

    " Author, a British actress buys an old farm house in the south of France and ends up giving it a huge overhaul despite her romantic illusions. One can experience France without getting on a plane with this book. Some funny French characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabetta Redshaw | 12/16/2013

    " Wonderful! Enjoyed every minute of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 12/6/2013

    " I like this book but some of the more flowery patterns needed a red pen and a very firm editor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kyersten | 3/22/2013

    " This book was very similar to Peter Mayles writings. It also reminded me of Under the Tuscan Sun. I guess I like stories of the Mediteranean. Even more I love the transformation of the run down houses. It's about a new life for not only the characters but the places they inhabit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/29/2012

    " The author and her friend buy and house and olive farm in Provence France. Through trials and tribulations and a host of characters and dogs they end up owning it and living happily ever after. I liked it because we have visited the area (including Nice and Cannes). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethel | 8/19/2012

    " Delightful memoir of live, love and olive oil in the south of France. I could see it, smell it and savour it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorna | 8/15/2012

    " A take one away to the south of France book. Lovely in summer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 6/25/2012

    " I foolishly bought this book because I love Carole Drinkwater, as an actress. Sadly, it turned out to be boring and rambling. I finally had enough when she returned her dog to the pound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 1cherman | 4/14/2012

    " A beautifully written memoir. I felt like I could smell the aromas, taste the foods, and hear the birds. I want an olive farm in south France now! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelley | 4/5/2012

    " Pass. The little you learn about olive farming doesn't make up for the boring writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Hayes | 10/2/2011

    " Disc 3, so far delightful and can't wait to hear more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 8/25/2011

    " Liked it. Moves a bit slow in places but overall is a good rendering of life as an expat in the South of France. Interestingly, the author is known for acting in the UK tv series All Creatures Great and Small. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/10/2011

    " Loved it. Buying a home overseas can be difficult but buying one that needs total renovation on a shoestring budget is near impossible. Carol Drinkwater paints a realistic but moving picture of the trials she encountered while making her dream come true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/9/2011

    " Many life style suggestions and resolve with trials the couple faced. It was almost better than her first book because the farm takes on a life like personality and exudes Carol and Michel's joy of life and living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicola | 1/4/2011

    " still makes me want to move to the south of france...even more so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rissi | 12/26/2010

    " Like being there. Poignant, sometimes funny, real life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/5/2009

    " Similar to A Year in Provence, this is an autobiographical book about a British actress and her husband restoring a historic olive farm in the south of France. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin-Taine | 2/4/2009

    " This book is the continuing story of Carol Drinkwater and her new husband's adventures in love and farming. The dreams of olive farming continuing, Carol finds herself pregnant and forced to juggle both the dreams and demands of the farm and her other careers. A lovely book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sparhawk | 11/29/2008

    " This is a really good series of books only got the one to read now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 11/23/2008

    " I'm not completely through this book yet. The story line doesn't really keep me coming back it's the immagry of where the character lives that has me captivated. It's not as good as the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milena | 10/2/2008

    " Reminded me slightly of Under the Tuscan sun and 1000 days in Venice-An American buying a villa in France with a French man...it is still fascinating,and again-true story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/25/2008

    " oh, i love all of Carol Drinkwater's books about her life on the olive farm in Provence she buys with her French husband. these books always bring me back to my time in the South of France - so much so that i can close my eyes and almost taste it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 2/23/2008

    " A no effort read which is absorbing too as you follow the true life story in Provence. You really want the best for them and feel what they are going through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 4/1/2007

    " I loved this book and prior to discovering it, had never realized that Carol Drinkwater was a writer in addition to being an actress. Her descriptions are lovely and make you want to jump on a plane and fly to France right away. "

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