My Grape Village by Laura Bradbury

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Five years after “My Grape Escape,” Laura and Franck are back in Burgundy to tackle their newest project, a derelict 16th century winemaker’s cottage located behind Franck’s family home. Not only is this a daunting rebuild from the ground up, Laura and Franck now have two preschoolers adjusting to the foreign customs of a French school. Navigating the different rules for raising children and managing a family in a small French village prove every bit as challenging for Laura as learning to drive a stick shift through narrow streets, or arguing with the Architect of French Monuments over permissible paint colors (spoiler alert: any color as long as it’s gray). Come along on this evocative and honest journey where love, coupled with good French food and local wine, pave the way to la belle vie.

About Laura Bradbury

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Laura Bradbury, her french husband Franck, and their three franco-Canadian daughters share their time between Victoria, Canada and Burgundy, France where they own and manage four vacation rentals in the vineyards, including a 16th century restored winemaker's cottage and a 13th century wine cellar under the streets of Beaune. You can learn more at Laura wastes too much time on Facebook at and goofs around with her fellow writers on Twitter @Author_LB . You can see (and rent!) their vacation rentals at MY GRAPE ESCAPE is the first book of The Grape Series - one book for each of the properties Laura and her husband renovated in France. The sequel, MY GRAPE VILLAGE tells the story of Franck and Laura's move back to Burgundy five years later. This time they are no longer newlyweds but parents of two young daughters who are inextricably part of the family's attempt to renovate a dilapidated winemakers' cottage just behind Franck's childhood home in the village of Villers-la-Faye. Laura has also published PHILOSOPHY OF PRESCHOOLERS: Because we all need a break from being grown-up - fifty bizarre and insightful conversations between and with her daughter Clementine and niece Anna that are guaranteed to make you laugh and think. Laura is a holder of a BA in English and French Literature from McGill University, a "License" from the Sorbonne in medieval French literature, and a law degree from Oxford (which she never used, much to the horror of her parents). She published several articles about French wine and culture in glossy magazines before being distracted for a good decade by motherhood. Laura has no spare time, but she does neglect her children and husband on a regular basis in order to write, paint, read, and enjoy a strong espresso with a square of dark chocolate.
Published October 3, 2014 by Grape Books. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel.

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