A warm and uplifting story of how a woman falls in love with a place and its people: landscape, a community and a fragile way of life.
A rural idyll: that's what Catherine is seeking when she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the Cévennes mountains. With her divorce in the past and her children grown, she is free to make a new start, and her dream is to set up in business as a seamstress. But this is a harsh and lonely place when you're no longer just here on holiday. There is French bureaucracy to contend with, not to mention the mountain weather, and the reserve of her neighbours, including the intriguing Patrick Castagnol. And that's before the arrival of Catherine's sister, Bryony…
I read this book today…well all except for the first 18 pages that I had read earlier in the week.
This story is about a divorced mother of two who moved from London to the sometimes bittersweet mountains of France to pursue her dream tapestry business. It follows Catherine through her business/personal woes but at the same time it paints a beautiful picture of her surroundings and her becoming one with the mountains and neighbors.
This book is what I will call a slow read, which is not a bad thing in this case. It’s just that you cannot really rush through it like with a lot of books. I think this book is meant for someone who reads with patience. There are a lot of detailed descriptions and you want to make sure you can soak it all in.