The Olive Farm

The Olive Farm

A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France

Book - 2001
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After all, they are newlyweds of limited means, and Carol is still adjusting to her role as stepmother to Michel's two daughters. But the splendor of the region becomes a force they are unable to resist. Michel presents their life savings to the real estate broker as a down payment for the farm, embarking the family on an adventure that will bring them in close contact with the charming countryside, querulous personalities, petty bureaucracies, and extraordinary wildlife (including a ravenous wild boar) of Provence. In the spirit of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun, The Olive Farm is a splendid tour of southern France, from the glamour of Cannes to the Iles de Lérins and a Cistercian monastery on the tiny isle of St. Honorat, to Carol Drinkwater's own small piece of land, which she transforms from an overgrown plot of weeds and ivy to a thriving, productive farm, transforming in the process her own dream of a peaceful and meaningful life into reality.
Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781585671069
Branch Call Number: 944.9 Dri 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 332 p


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Mar 26, 2016

I loved this book, and may just read it again someday. It is filled with wonderful dogs, wildlife, humor and sentimentality, family, gardens, flowers, and great characters. Love those who embrace adventure and take risks, and Carol and Michel took huge risk. Perhaps I cannot afford an olive farm in the south of France but as always books take me there, and put me into some one else's glorious story. What a gift! And me? I have adventures of my own to treasure and remember. I take my friends and family with me by putting pen to paper, or email, whatever.

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