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How often have you eaten a mushroom that you picked yourself that morning Or sat on a boat opening and eating oysters as you lift them from the sea Or partaken of a seven course feast of game to celebrate the success of the chasse When Patricia Atkinson bestselling author of The Ripening Sun first moved to France her intention was simply to establish a vineyar. I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one I found it a bit disjointed and the French phrases that weren t always translated a little frustrating I did enjoy her developing relationship with Fidde and it was very sad that he passed away

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La Belle Saison

D Over the years however she found herself becoming integrated into a way of life that had she stayed in England she would hardly have believed existed Grounded in the rhythms of the land and the seasons daily life in Patricia's south western corner of France is dictated by a series of rituals and celebrations that we have long lost in our supermarket age La B. I had to return this before finishing it but I ll reuest it again Patricia s story is enjoyable if not a bit hard to follow I understand that she is chronicling her life just after the breakup of her marriage she stayed on in France and eventually created an award winning vineyard The descriptions of the grapes how and when they were harvested to produce the fine wines she ends up producing the friends she has and the food they eat are all described in a lovely way but it feels as though it s out of order Not in a storytelling way but in a confusing way perhaps just to me Will finish it soon to see if it reads better

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Elle Saison is Patricia's eulogy to this way of life a testament to the timelessness of the beautiful French countryside the bounty of the land and the generous hearted French neighbours who showed Patricia that a simple life has many rewards In France every season is 'la belle saison' offering up its gifts to those willing to appreciate and look after the lan. Foodies book on living in rural France The endless food references left me cold I know how they make fois gras apart from that it invokes a sense of what it is like to live there Slightly idealised I would have thought


10 thoughts on “La Belle Saison

  1. says:

    The book was enjoyable but it was a disappointment compared to her first work It lacked the tension drama and excitement of her gigantic efforts to create a successful vineyard and winery This book was of a dis jo

  2. says:

    An enjoyable return to this old friend It's a first hand account of the sort of life in France we all imagine I like the use of lan

  3. says:

    I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one I found it a bit disjointed and the French phrases that weren't always translated a little frustrating I did enjoy her developing relationship with Fidde and it was very sa

  4. says:

    Did not enjoy this as much as her pr Vito's book Atkinson seems removed from th sitiuation and there was almost o much description

  5. says:

    I had to return this before finishing it but I'll reuest it again Patricia's story is enjoyable if not a bit hard to follow I understand that she is chronicling her life just after the breakup of her marriage she stayed on in France and eventually created an award winning vineyard The descriptions of the grapes how and when they were harve

  6. says:

    Mrs Atkinson's first book was so brave as she was and most enjoyable I was so pleased to find her second book La Belle Saison I devoured every page especially the food and wine descriptions Sadly I was devastate

  7. says:

    I enjoyed getting to know the folks of the small village that the author came to know and love and I read with care the port

  8. says:

    Foodies book on living in rural France The endless food references left me cold I know how they make fois gras apart from

  9. says:

    The second installment of Atkinson's escape to France memoir not as memorable as the first but full os pretty vignettes of food and life in south west France

  10. says:

    Take me there it sounds so wonderful Food wine friendship belonging to a community sun drenched and full of beauty

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