Lighthearted and pleasurable to read, this is a book to take on vacation or to relax with before bed. The characters are people you would like to spend more time with and I found myself reluctant to leave them at the end of the book.
This is one of the most fun books I've read in a long time. I love Peter Mayle and this book is one of his best! You will enjoy this book from beginning to end. It's a great entertaining read. The characters are wonderfully developed and you'll feel like you know them personally. This book is a perfect read for vacation... Or if you feel like you need a vacation... You'll be transported to Provence!
I bought a copy of this book for my dad, and he loved it too. I gave my copy to a friend who also enjoyed it.
You know once you get over the idea of Russell Crowe playing the lead in the movie and get a bit more realistic then this book is real good. No, it's not that I don't appreciate Russell Crowe and no I didn't see the movie version (why would you when you have this great book?). Good, light read (don't take it literally) for a summer or weekend read.
Down and out financier hits the motherload; property in France, a winery, and a couple of cute girls, too! Just a slight hint of intrigue and fairly likeable characters makes me wish I'd inherited a winery too!
The reviews on Amazon about this book are very accurate. This is a good Peter Mayle book and I've read most of his books but the movie, in my opinion is better. How rare is that! This book is interesting and relaxing to read the movie has more of an edge to it. Both are worth reading/seeing. The cover shown is the right cover, the paper on the cover is nubbley