Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente

Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente

by Sarah Jane Butfield


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Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente by Sarah Jane Butfield

The title says it all: what we have and where we are. This book, the sequel to Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure, follows our French exploits as we endeavour to rebuild our lives in another new country, after spending four and half years in Australia. Our goal, or hope for the immediate future, is to focus positively on the present, so that we can start a new, optimistic future back in Europe. Our main aim is to be nearer to the children, leaving the dark clouds of the challenges we faced in Australia as a distant memory. Journey with us as we arrive in rural South West France; enjoy my reflections, thoughts, and observations about my family, our new surroundings, and our lifestyle. Follow the journey of my writing career and how we start our renovation project while managing our convoluted family life. Once again, we will laugh, cry, and enjoy life to the fullest with a generous helping of positive spin thrown in for good measure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499788624
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/30/2014
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Author Sarah Jane Butfield was born in Ipswich and raised in rural Suffolk, England.
Sarah Jane, the roving Florence Nightingale, has had a successful career as a nurse and used her nursing, and later teaching qualifications, to take her around the world. She is now the successful author of a travel memoir series set in Australia and France. In addition, she recently released the first three books in a series of self-help literature for aspiring and debut self-published authors: The Accidental Author, The Amateur Authorpreneur and The Intermediate Authorpreneur. Her new nursing memoir, Ooh Matron! released on 14th September 2015, is book one in The Nomadic Nurse Series and is already attracting 5-star reviews and book industry awards.

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Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not just another fun, rollicking adventure as are many that tell of settling in a foreign country and everything turns out good in the end. The author and family face many ordeals and put up a lot of struggle to get ahead. She is honest in her assessments of things that happen and it is heartening how she is able to persevere in light of many obstacles. This is still a good story, still has many happy and fun moments, lots of information and descriptions of real life scenarios, some which are quite precarious, as well as the dreams and hopes that the author holds. Family, security and love of animals and each other hold this couple together through a lot of tough times while one can truly admire their fortitude in trying to maintain independent life and responsibility for 'their lot'. - Kaypea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy the style of writing nor the story. This book was not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real people, real issues and ways to cope emotionally when things happen unexpectedly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts out as a great story about buying and renovating a house. And then it meanders into bits and pieces on the family and publishing her first book. I was confused for the second half of the book and kept wanting to get back to the house story.
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Wussyboy More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly absorbing and uplifting sequel to Sarah Jane's first book, 'Glass Half Full', which I also enjoyed immensely. Having lost her home in Australia to the Brisbane floods, Sarah Jane and hubby and kids relocate to the broken down cottage in Charente, France, with which she senses a "spiritual connection" and sets about renovating it in typical Butfield no-nonsense and determined style. The writing is clear and entertaining, the style compelling, and the whole book quite un-putdownable. Thank you, Sarah Jane, another winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is badly done, disappointing, and uninteresting. The photos are dark so you cannot see what they are about. In addition, the author proudly, it seems, tosses her ethics on the compost pile. When neighbors give them a leg of wild boar, the author and her husband decide to give up their vegetarian diet. They decide since meat is cheaper than vegetables in France, they will start eating meat. This book is an advertisement for Butfield's writing. It does not work . Barnes and Noble offers many great books. This is NOT one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is mostly an advertisement for the author's other books. For a very short page count, she spends a ton of time talking about reviews of her other book, her favorite sentences from her other book, recipes that will be in her other book, etc. It gets really dull
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