I am delighted to share with you a few reviews for my first book:
A Kiss behind the Castanets, moving to Spain.
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First off a professional review from the blog writer and radio reviewer Hannah Read, taken from her website: Pages, Places, & Plates
A Kiss Behind The Castanets – Jean Roberts | Insightful & Humorous Travel Memoir Exploring Expat Life
Jean Roberts is an author very local to me so I was really excited to review this A Kiss Behind The Castanets – you can also hear our special episode of Writer’s Block where I discuss her first travel memoir alongside her here.
Title: A kiss behind the castanets
Author: Jean Roberts
Reviewed in Spain on January 25, 2020
This is a wonderful story of transition. All the first mistakes are laid bare. Instead of giving up, the author realizes her fellow countrymen are those taking her for a ride and once she entrusts things to the locals life begin to change. A new world opens its doors, bringing happiness. I can recommend this book. It kept my interest throughout.
10 April 2019
Such a heart warming story of your life Jean, and very informative, I enjoyed the nature in which this book was written, from the little hints of history to the comedy factor and hard times , a lovely little read, and I am so going to try those recepies ,
Thank you Jean for giving me some ‘me time’ to actually sit in peace and read your lovely book. I will look forward to the next one xxx
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2019
I love travel and moving abroad memoirs and was so pleased to read this first in a new series of Moving to Spain Memoirs by Jean Roberts. What an amazing cover too-it makes it an irresistible book!
I really liked her ‘voice’ coming through the writing. A nice quick first chapter got the book moving easily. More of the same followed, again, very pleasant, short and to the point chapters. It was a lovely, easy read with great info about the local foods. It was also informative-eg. the bit telling about harvesting olives. Historical details too.
I liked the funny mistakes with the lingo, very entertaining. I can’t wait to read more from this author and am so pleased to see that there will be a sequel!
The book started out as some diary entries. What a lovely book has emerged from those.
An excellent read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
11 April 2019
I read this book on the strength of a recommendation from a friend of mine. It is funny to the point of laugh out loud which caused a few raised eyebrows around a very quiet and sedated hotel pool. This couple’s experiences in getting to grips with Inland Spain is amusing as they seem to leap from one adventure to another, although, not always taking it in their stride. It is a particularly heart warming book and generally shows how two different cultures can get along and thrive. It was difficult to put down, which cost me dearly as I got burned in the Florida sun!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2020
Don’t be put off by the beginning of the book, as it cheers up considerably further on! John &Shirley are not the best choice of companions for buying a property in Spain. Many tales of building woes and horrors. I was glad when it was finished. I loved the tales of Spanish life, friendships and love. It is interesting about the frightening pennitents. I enjoyed the humorous examples of language mistakes. Sad there were some mishaps with the second house as well, even though it seemed a dream home. I didn’t know chickens can be so horrible. Envious of the instantly fresh orange juice. Interesting viewpoints on bullfighting and also children. I didn’t use the recipes at the end, but I’m sure most will. Enjoy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2019
Pre ordered this book as having lived in Spain for 16 years, I never get tired of reading about this country, this book lived up to expectations and surpassed them. An absolute must read whether you live in Spain or plan to live here or have no plan. hoping the author has more up her sleeve,it does say book 1!!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2019
I loved reading Jeans honest accounts of buying a house in Spain, with all its highs and lows. Reading it transported me to Spain.
I loved the sound of the Spanish villages, the vibrant cobbled streets, and I love how much Jean has fallen in love with the country. A very good read, especially on a wet rainy afternoon in England.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2019
Thank you to Jean for this very readable account of buying and renovating properties in Spain. With a vision of what is possible your enthusiasm, love of Spanish life and (most of its) people shines through every enjoyable chapter. I look forward to the sequel.
It’s Moving Time
Reviewed in Australia on 14 June 2019
One of my favourite memoir subjects has always been moving to another country and in this book, the author and her husband decide a house in Spain is on their horizon. Of course there are the pitfalls of dealing with locals, incompetent tradesman, shysters masquerading as friends, crazy chickens and the usual adjustments to foreign language and customs. The writing style is light and easy, in places more like a fascinating diary; the descriptions of country life in Andalusia are delightful and there are even recipes to highlight this move to Spain.
A fun view of different cultures
Reviewed in Spain on 26 January 2020
This book was quite entertaining and very funny at times. I always like to read the occasional book about people moving to Spain and how they see this country. Having lived here for 45 years,since I graduated from Uni in 1975, I can’t really remember much about living anywhere else.
Reviewed in Canada on 27 October 2019
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an honest, and sometimes humorous, encounter of the struggles of moving to Spain. One day I would like to attempt the move and this book definitely gave me some useful insights.
Miss K. Braley
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2019
This book is a great way to learn about a different culture to my own. Jean has managed to capture the essence of Spanish life, while offering her take on the pitfalls of moving to a different country. Throughout, Jean maintains a wonderful sense of humour, which makes the reader want to read & then turn the page to see how a particular catastrophe turned out. It’s an honest account of a Brit making the most of opportunities- can’t wait for the next instalment- and yes, she is right when she says I still, to this day blanche at the sight a of a cardboard box ! Although I have to admit, it was fun at the time!
One of the best expat books!
Reviewed in Spain on 27 November 2019
Loved it, except for the pig killing. But overall, one of the best expat books I’ve read. Waiting for the sequel!
Reviewed in Spain on May 13, 2020
What a wonderful story about transition to a new country and way of life. The ups and downs and the trials of once the property us yours finding all the faults that were so cleverly disguised when the viewing took place.
Unfortunately they fall into the trap of the rogue builders and under-hand key holders. As is often the case our native countrymen are the worse, we are all guilty of falling into their traps trusting them as we all speak the same language.
Well done Jean Roberts you had me laughing out loud on more than 1 occasion. Looking forward to book 2.
From a character in the book!
Reviewed in Spain on 12 April 2019
This is a fantastic book, have really enjoyed reading it.
Well done Jean, looking forward to book 2!
Makes you want to visit?
Reviewed in the United States on 9 June 2019
Really loved this book ….felt like I was there actually in Spain soaking up the atmosphere and the charming characters. Jean writes from the heart and you feel as if she is talking just to you as you read of her adventures.
Fun to read
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2019
Easy and light entertaining read,
Reviewed in the United States on 2 February 2020
I really loved this book, I love travel type memoirs and this is one of the best I’ve read. Hopefully there will be a sequel.
A taste of lesser known Spain
Reviewed in the United States on 22 March 2019
A warm and funny incite into an expats move to Andalusia, with hilarious language misunderstandings, and thoughtful reflections of the Country, culture and people. I thoroughly enjoyed the yarn from start to finish.
Where to purchase A Kiss Behind the Castanets:
A Kiss Behind the Castanets, one of two easy to read books about living in Spain by Jean Roberts.