Beginning French: Lessons from a Stone Farmhouse

Beginning French: Lessons from a Stone Farmhouse

First they took French. Then they took leave of their senses. They bought a 400-year-old cottage in rural France from an ad on the Internet. Their “completely restored” farmhouse certainly looked charming, but the pool leaked, the walls cracked, and the electricity fizzled whenever they switched on the kettle.

This is the wry and witty memoir of les Américains, Eileen and Marty, joined by their chef-daughter Sara. Their dream of being French leads them into uncharted territory where “oh la la” takes on a whole different meaning.

Before they can even move in, a freak accident destroys the interior of the house. An ancient wisteria threatens to uproot the kitchen floor. The wildlife continually tries to take up residence, and the pool becomes a watery hole that swallows up euros. And then there’s Jacqueline.

The only way Les Américains can salvage their sanity is by adopting a simple, time-tested mantra: “Have a setback, have a drink.” Soon they’re buying rosé by the case.

Whether you’re a traveler, foodie, Francophile, or home-improvement veteran, Beginning French will enchant you with its vivid portrayal of part-time life in southwest France. Home chefs will enjoy the 12 Dordogne-inspired recipes, and English speakers will appreciate the interactive glossary of French terms.

Title:Beginning French: Lessons from a Stone Farmhouse
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780997410228
Format Type:

    Beginning French: Lessons from a Stone Farmhouse Reviews

  • Yodamom

    3.5 starsHave you ever dreamed of just buying a house in the French countryside ? Imagine living in the beauty of the country surrounded by bounty that is France. This couple did just that, they bough...

  • Alina

    ***Note: I received a copy curtesy of Netgalley and the authors (Les Américains) in exchange for an honest review.A few years ago, I read Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence" - simply loved it! Unfortu...

  • Randal White

    "Beginning French" is a truly lovely gem of a story. The authors, along with their adult daughter, purchase a "home" in a tiny medieval village named Issageac, in the Dordogne area of France. I know w...

  • Kit

    Meet Eileen and Marty. They just bought a money pit in rural France; they speak just enough French to get into trouble, and I want to be like them when I grow up. The breezy, light-hearted tone never ...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau

    This isn't just for those of you in the throes of Francophilia... Though there is a certain charm about all those foreign countries, with both sides of my family from Hungary I understand all the char...

  • Christopher Roden

    Owning a holiday home in the Dordogne seems to be a very British occupation. It's somewhat of a refreshing change, therefore, to find Les Americains (Eileen McKenna, Marty Neumeier, and their chef dau...

  • Lori

    Oh, how I'd love to meet (or be just like) Marty and Eileen! They buy a 400 year old cottage in France for their second home. This is the utterly charming and witty memoir of their journey to "be Fren...

  • Melissa

    This is a really charming book about an American couple who buys a rustic farmhouse in France. There is French sprinkled throughout their conversations in the book, but nothing too complicated- plus i...

  • Rennie

    I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.This book is adorable. I started reading having given myself permission to bail if it got obnoxious, self-important...

  • Eileen Hall

    "Have a set back, have a drink".A useful phrase for all kinds of trauma and dilemmas you will come across during a move to another country.This memoir will have you packing your belongings and selling...