I felt very honoured when Stephanie at Blackbird Digital Books sent me a pre-published copy of Susie Kelly’s latest book Swallows and Robins - The Guests In My Garden to read and review. It was also a great surprise to see Susie had dedicated the book to me (blush), oh all right only joking; she has actually dedicated it to all like me (and her) who hate housework. Knowing Susie to be an animal lover and having no idea what this book was about I assumed it was about the varied wildlife she lives in rural France with – wrong, although her beloved dogs, cats, horses and chickens get plenty of coverage. This book tells the stories of Susie the project manager attempting to renovate two cottages on her land to run as gites, Susie the guest services manager trying her best to make everyone as happy as possible on their French holiday and finally Susie the cleaner trying to keep the gites to the required standard of cleanliness. 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.
Those who have read and enjoyed her previous books about her life and travels in France will recognise her unmistakeable writing style and enjoy the humour she brings to even the most traumatic of situations. It would also be fair to say that she seems to have a habit of finding herself mixed in with the bizarre more often than most of us do. 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.
I am delighted to announce that Blackbird Digital Books have offered me two copies of Swallows and Robins to giveaway here on the blog. These can be either epub, PDF or mobi for Kindle. To enter please email me firstname.lastname@example.org the lucky two winners will be drawn randomly on December 12th at noon CET.
To read my reviews on her other books please click on the links below and I hope you’ll enjoy reading this book too.