Bon Courage: Rediscovering the Art of Living (In the Heart of France)

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One year and one arduous home-renovation into their marriage, Ken and Bing head to the French countryside to celebrate their long-delayed honeymoon, swearing they're getting out of the home-fixing business for good. When they fall in love with the village of La Montagne Noire, they find themselves buying a fixer-upper and starting all over again-but this time, in French! McAdams recounts their mishaps and misadventures with humor, capturing the essence of French village life, the awkwardness of being foreigners ...
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Bon Courage: Rediscovering the Art of Living (In the Heart of France)

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Overview

One year and one arduous home-renovation into their marriage, Ken and Bing head to the French countryside to celebrate their long-delayed honeymoon, swearing they're getting out of the home-fixing business for good. When they fall in love with the village of La Montagne Noire, they find themselves buying a fixer-upper and starting all over again-but this time, in French! McAdams recounts their mishaps and misadventures with humor, capturing the essence of French village life, the awkwardness of being foreigners in a close-knit town, the couple's hilarious linguistic pratfalls, and how the mammoth undertaking that threatens to tear their new marriage apart ultimately brings them closer together and helps them find a place in the community they have grown to love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559213981
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell
  • Publication date: 6/3/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 915,126
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken McAdams is a graduate of Yale and a former Marine Corps Naval Aviator who broke four world records and received decoration as the first civilian volunteer to fly Marines into Iraq. Pan Am's youngest divisional Chief, he was later appointed National Transportation Safety Board investigator and became Chief Operating Officer KIWI International Airlines before retiring to write full time.
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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Don't Try This At Home!

    This book was forced on me!! I like a number of Americans had nurtured a belief that France was an overrated assemblage of wine snobs and grimy berets, crammed into a big old musty box.. Without soap. Turns out its just Paris that's musty!

    Bon Courage is more than a great read, it really happened! The author Ken McAdams and his wife artist Marian Bingham, decide to spend their belated honeymoon in France. After falling in love with the charming countryside, and quaint village, these young lovers decide to actually buy a home in France. Isn't love grand? Okay so they don't speak the language, and maybe the house is not really ready for human habitation, but these kids can handle anything. Oh.. I forgot to mention they're not kids. They're grandparents!!

    From silly to sad, and angry to glad, the discoveries, demands, and difficulties these two face make you truly appreciate their humor, guts, and courage. Bon Courage!

    This book did two things for me. It reminded me to never judge a book by it's cover, or in this case, a nation by the politics of a city. And that the "Greatest Generation" is still showing us all how to quit complaining and just do it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    This book is a bad imitation of "A Year in Provence." There is nothing interesting or humorous about Mr. McAdams personal life and his experience in France. The numerous infantile disputes between the author and his wife are pointless and do not lend themselves to the theme of the book. The many French sentences and words used are full of grammatical and spelling errors.The best part of the book are the illustrations done by Mr. McAdams wife, "Bing' Bingham.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    Bon Courage Indeed.

    Similar to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, but from an American's perspective instead of a Brit's, with a bit more crass and headstrong American hard-headedness to top it off. Thoroughly enjoyed the read, further reiterating quality of life and the rewards/struggles of living in a foreign country.*

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

    The cure for cabin fever..

    What a fun, delightful read this book was. Easy to follow along, fun, touching
    and humerous. I felt like I was living in the McAdams household, going thru
    the trial & tribulations of a new marriage, remodeling & moving to a foreign
    country. I wanted to pack up & move to France, live right next door to them.

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