Tout Sweet : Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France, Paperback Book

Tout Sweet : Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France Paperback

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In her mid-thirties Karen has it all: a career as a fashion editor, a handsome boyfriend, a fab flat in west London and an array of gorgeous shoes.

But when her 'plus one' leaves, she wonders if there is more to life than high fashion.

So, she hangs up her Manolos and waves goodbye to her city lifestyle, deciding to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, western France.

Once there, she encounters a host of new friends and unsuitable suitors, soon learning that true happiness can be found in the simplest of things - a bike ride through the countryside on a summer evening, or six glasses of Pinot in a neighbour's garden.

If you've ever dreamed of chucking away your BlackBerry and downshifting, Tout Sweet is perfect summer reading.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781840247619



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The writer of this book was witty, smart, and very very funny. She pokes at the idealistic view we get from writers like Peter Mayle, talking a great deal about the fact that her part of the France seems to be absent any sort of culinary greatness. Regardless, I delighted in reading about her eventual settling into the French village - making friends while navigating the refurbishment of her little home.This book would be perfect with a good glass of wine (I went with red!) in the garden during a late summer afternoon. I don't have a garden, so I had to improvise - I have to admit that Ms. Wheeler's description of her lovely French garden had me yearning to buy a house though! I unconditionally recommend this book, and I hope you will delight in it as I have.

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