Monday, August 22, 2011
Review: Tout Sweet by Karen Wheeler
Tout Sweet (Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France) is a Memoir by Karen Wheeler from SourceBooks.
Thirtysomething fashion editor Karen has it all: a handsome boyfriend, a fabulous flat in west London, and an array of gorgeous shoes. But when her boyfriend leaves, she makes an unexpected decision: to hang up her Manolos and wave good-bye to her glamorous city lifestyle to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, central western France.
Acquiring a host of new friends and unsuitable suitors, she learns that true happiness might be found in the simplest of things - a bike ride through the countryside on a summer evening, or a glass of wine or three in her neighbors courtyard.
Karen is at the point in her life when she needs a change. A change from the hustle and bustle of work, her social circle and the memories of the boyfriend who left her. She is ready for a different outlook on life.
Deciding that leaving London is the best and quickest way to make that change, Karen packs up and heads to France.
What follows is the unexpected finding of ‘the house’ and the long and expensive renovations of said house.
During the months of renovations, Karen meets several quirky neighbors and friends who teach her what it means to live, laugh and love in rural France.
Tout Sweet is the first book I have read by Karen Wheeler and it was an okay read. I think of Tout Sweet as being Chick-Lit, and that is not my genre at all - we all know I prefer that touch of paranormal in my reads.
But I thought I would branch out a little and give it a try. If Chick-Lit is your thing, you're going to enjoy Tout Sweet.
I give Tout Sweet 3 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks (8-1-11)