My Good Life In France: Book Review
Janine Marsh’s book ‘My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream’ is a true account of one woman finding her place as “a successful expat in France”.
Janine introduces us to her story in the early pages by setting out the three distinct categories that she feels expats fall into. There are “the Retirees, the Escapees and the Lifestyle Changees”. Of this last group many are just a little bit mad, often leaving a comfortable life at home surrounded by jobs, family and friends to start up new lives often with no jobs, no family and possibly only the hint of a new career. Janine puts herself firmly in this last group and openly admits that she may be a bit mad also.
The day her life changed forever started like any other, with a day trip from London to France with her father and husband, like many before it, but after an impromptu house inspection and agreement to buy a dilapidated house, their lives were never to be the same.
This delightfully in-depth book of everyday life in France takes the reader from the early days of Janine and Mark’s self doubt on the wisdom of their move, complicated home renovations and navigating their way through often times tricky French bureaucracy to a comfortable and semi-sustainable country life surrounded by animals and friends.
This book tells the uninitiated to France just what to look for when buying your farm chickens at a street market, how to avoid getting kissed by every living soul at a party, how to hunt for mushrooms and what to do when the spectacle known as the Le Tour de France passes through your village.
With sneak peeks into the Mexican themed party, complete with castle owner and hostess dressed as a cactus, the elderly sexy barmaid and the vet who, in disbelieve, cares for the stray cats and dogs Janine collects, you will want to pack up sticks and move to France yourself.
Related post – 5 Top French Bloggers Tell Why They Love France In this article Janine together with four other top French bloggers give us the inside story of why they moved to France, what they do there now and how they share their love of France with others.
Janine tells in her book how sharing everyday activities, chores and experiences on her blog The Good Life France was initially a way for her to stay in touch with relatives and friends still in the UK. It has now grown to be one of the most respected and globally recognized websites of living in France and everything French.
“Here in the countryside, people may not be wealthy or life in swish posh houses, but in so many ways the good life is all around if you take the time to find it.” – Janine
We loved this book and recommend it to you …