From the moment Peter Mayle and his wife, Jennie, uprooted their lives in England and crossed the Channel permanently, they never looked back. Here the beloved author of A Year in Provence pays tribute to the most endearing and enduring aspects of his life in France—the charming and indelible parade of village life, the sheer beauty, the ancient history. He celebrates the café and lists some of his favorites; identifies his favorite villages, restaurants, and open-air markets; and recounts his most memorable meals. A celebration of twenty-five years of Provençal living—of lessons learned and changes observed—with his final book Mayle has crafted a lasting love letter to his adopted home, marked by his signature warmth, wit, and humor.
As always, Mr. Mayle’s enchantment and love of Provence and the French never fails to charm and entertain. This slip of a book is more of a summation really of his Provence series, a great way in which to introduce new readers to it. If one has read the series, one may find that its contents are a bit of a repetition, charming nonetheless.45
A real escape to French country life;a real sadness to know and that Peter Mayle is no longer here to continue the beautiful description of that life.55