Swallows & Robins - The Guests In My Garden by Susie Kelly

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As the world's worst housekeeper, running holiday homes wasn't, with hindsight, a sensible idea. But two collapsing buildings on Susie Kelly's land would cost more to demolish than to restore. Thus she became a seasonal landlady. Before the guests came the builders. No's 1, 2, 3 all started promisingly, but by builder No. 4, and with her first guests just hours away, her patience was stretched to its limit. Her summer and winter visitors couldn't, as they say, be made up, though, to spare their blushes some of them have been air-brushed. They brought with them laughter, tears, romance, friendship and occasional madness. And they all left behind jars of jam and pots of pepper. From them Susie learned that you don't need to travel to find adventure. If you run holiday homes it comes to your doorstep. Unfortunately for Susie this included Ivy. The cleaning lady from hell. A hilarious tale of restoring and running two holiday cottages in a remote hamlet of SW France Like her other bestselling books – Best Foot Forward: A 500 Mile Walk Through Hidden France, The Valley of Heaven and Hell: Cycling In The Shadow of Marie Antoinette and Travels with Tinkerbelle - 6,000 Miles Around France In A Mechanical Wreck, Susie's unique, opinionated but self-depreciating humour shines through on every page. 'This is another Susie Kelly great read that often had me laughing out loud as we meet the various builders, her local friends, the good guests and the bad who popped into her life over a four year period. Anyone who has any experience of running gites in France will love this book and anyone who is thinking about having gites in France should read this book.' French Village Diaries 'Its absolutely brilliant, it made me laugh - in fact snort out loud - and then cry when her dog died. Susie is a marvellous writer.' The Good Life France Magazine

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Born a Londoner, Susie Kelly spent most of the first 25 years of her life in Kenya, and now lives in south-west France with her husband and assorted animals. She's slightly scatterbrained and believes that compassion, courage and a sense of humor are the three essentials for surviving life in the 21st century. She gets on best with animals, eccentrics, and elderly people. Stephanie Zia writes fun, romantic novels for the over 40s. Novels currently available: The Widow's To Do List, about a 50 year old widow unsure whether to age gracefully or disgracefully; The Playground Mum Gang about the playground politics of a group of well-heeled mums and The Kew Mum Gang, about a 40 year old single, cash-strapped mum trying to fit in with a postnatal baby group. Follow Stephanie on Twitter at @stephaniezia for writing and @blackbirdebooks for ebook publishing.
Published December 17, 2013 by Blackbird Digital Books. 273 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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