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Veuve Taylor by Henrietta Taylor

Veuve Taylor

by Henrietta Taylor

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Another story of someone setting up a new life in the South of France, and yet unlike all the others I have read. The difference here is that this is a story of someone (somewhat self-centred and chaotic) growing up relatively well in Sydney, and then facing the dying and death of her husband at an early age. It's an emotional ride we are taken on, learning about her struggles with the loss, what he left (or didn't leave her), family members, substances, and life in general, whilst trying to raise two pre-school children. The author took some time off with her kids in France, and then after a financial windfall, she bought three properties - one for her family and two for rental to tourists. In 2011 she's still there and you can still stay in her homes (just search for her name).

it's an easy and fun read, despite the emotion. The chaos remains a major theme, excusable for a part of the time, but at times it appears to be a bit overstated - she is after-all a cleaning freak. The author has a followup, which should not really be read before this one. ( )
  robeik | Feb 10, 2011 |
Escaping by Henrietta. Taylor (2006)
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As a young woman, Australian-born Henrietta Taylor searched the world for Mr Right: the perfect husband with whom she could have a happy family and a house with a white picket fence. When she met Norman, her dreams all seemed to come true. But then disaster struck, leaving her a bereft widow with two small children and little idea of how to look after them N or herself. Searching for a way of escaping from her current life, she packed her bags and took the children off to France. In a tiny village in Provence, Veuve (Widow) Taylor, as she is known, finds a new circle of friends, an unexpected role as the proprietor of three charming guesthouses, and an unorthodox relationship with the man she calls the Latin Lover. Along the way she discovers that the path to happiness can sometimes turn into a very unconventional journey. Told with candour and refreshingly self-deprecating humour, Escaping is the story of a fairytale gone wrong N its tragic consequences, and its surprising and triumphant aftermath.

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An Australian woman's journey through adversity and despair to self-discovery in a small French village

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