Great news! I’m excited to tell you about my latest new book “Life Beyond the Castanets: My Love Affair with Spain” which is out now and include some of the reviews of my books left by my fabulous readers.
A few reviews for my latest book:
Life beyond the Castanets, moving to Spain.
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Reviewed in Australia on 4 July 2020
Well, I certainly don’t need to be sold on Spain, I love it; even after I read this memoir pointing out the hazards of wild storms, damaged air conditioners, a leaking pool and a toilet facing the wrong way. The author has counterbalanced the trials and tribulations with a search for the perfect wine, a rather crazy week at a language school and a visit to the film set depicting an old American Western town. Oh and don’t forget the hair-raising car rally. It’s quite a ride.
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2020
I read the first book in this series, “A Kiss Behind the Castanets” and wondered as I read this, the second, if it could possibly be as good as its predecessor. It is, in fact, in my opinion better. Jean Roberts is a master at lyrical descriptions of Spain and the life she and her husband are living there.
After finding and renovating their Spanish home, it seems like it should be time to kick back, relax, and enjoy. That idea is quickly disabused when on their trip out with Adrian’s father, Brian, they have to stop due to a squealing noise from the wheels. The book proceeds from car troubles, to armed burglars in the neighborhood, to extreme drought, to flooding rain that leads the flamingos in the lake to browse in the sunflower fields. However, interlaced between these disasters are moments of peace and fun. Jean and her husband travel from England to France and on to Spain in an unusual form of transportation and bring us along on the ups and downs of the journey. They take us on other trips to Gibraltar and around Spain and share their new-found appreciation for wine that costs more than 3 Euros. While this is the second book, you can read it without having read the first. However, I highly recommend reading it also. In fact, I am re-reading it myself right now.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2020
Just finished reading this book in record time for me as i couldn’t put it down. So sad when it was finished as i wanted more. Jean and Adrian have lead such an interesting life. When you think of moving somewhere as warm and beautiful as Spain you think of it as all sunshine and sangria, you don’t realize all that can go wrong in the process. Most people would have thrown in the towel faced with all the problems they met. I have read both of Jean’s books now and hope there are more adventures in the future that she could write about particularly if she does another road trip. Having met Jean and a few of her friends (all be it briefly) it’s so good to be able to put faces to some of the names. in any case it’s just a really enjoyable read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 May 2020
Having read Jean Roberts first memoir A Kiss Behind the Castanets and really enjoying it I was looking forward to reading her second book in the series. I was not disappointed at all. From the beautiful front cover to the end it is an engaging read. She has lots of fascinating and fun tales to tell. I must say she is a rather intrepid lady. Her hair-raising adventures off roading in a jeep had me holding my breath. There’s a lot of fun tales in this delightful book and some rather poignant ones as well.
I could have wept with her as she sat with her feet dangling in her empty pool but I must admit to having a good chuckle at the renovations to her toilet and shower – not to mention the cesspit! Just as well she and her husband have kind hearted and handy Spanish friends.
I do enjoy her warm, conversational style of writing which draws the reader in. You can tell just how fond she is of her home in Spain and her life there. As a bonus there are lots of delicious recipes at the end of the book and I’m going to enjoy trying them out. There’s also a link to photographs of places and events mentioned which I always like. Highly recommended.
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