Friday, November 4, 2016

The Joys and Challenges of Renovating a House in a Foreign Country

Frances Mayes discovered a rundown villa, Branasole in the Tuscan town of Cortona and fell in love with the house and the area. Purchasing a house in a foreign country can be difficult. Buying one that is is need of significant repair is a challenge.

Although nervous about her purchase, Frances went ahead with it and grew to love the house and the area. I enjoyed the discussion of how she found workmen to make the house livable and return it to something like it’s former glory. It wasn’t easy or cheap, but it was rewarding.

The prose is lyrical. I love the descriptions of Tuscany. It made me want to visit, if not to buy a house, at least to stay for an extended period. The descriptions of the food and wine make you want to go the kitchen and try some of the dishes. Fresh produce is available in quantity and learning to cook the special dishes of the area sounds intriguing.

This book is not just about renovating a house and falling in love with an area. It’s also the story of how Frances recovered from a mid-life divorce and how facing the challenges helped her grow. I
recommend this book if you enjoy the Italian countryside and food.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.