Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Bull By the Back Door

By:  Anne Loader

It isn't that this is one of those typical 'we bought a run down farm in France and fixed it up' books. You know, the ones that make you feel inadequate because you will never have the money to do same.  
 It wasn't until after I retired that I fell in love with the UK and Europe. By that time I was too old and arthritic to venture across the ocean.  That being said, I now live vicariously through books and this is my first reading of a journal style genre. I thought it would be too clinical but this is a charming story of Anne and Jack's experiences. I especially liked the relationship Anne carried on with the previous and deceased mistress, Marguerite.  Ms. Loder gave her a personality and emotions. She is happy to share her aberration with us.
There is a smorgasbord  of ex-pats in the town, that was once a busy farming community, and as this house is re-established so is the town and the familial friendships that will last over the years.
This is a well written book and left me wanting to continue my voyeuristic visit to their home.


  1. Oct 13, 2013 5:06:44 AM PDT P. A. Loader says:
    Hi, I thought you'd like to know that the third and last part of the St Paradis trilogy, "The Bells of St Paradis" is now available to download on Kindle. Thank you so much for your lovely review of "A Bull by the Back Door".
    Best wishes
    Anne Loader

    1. Thank you Anne. I am on #2 and loving it.