Running from the law to the vineyards of France...

Running from the law to the vineyards of France...

My Grape Escape

In My Grape Escape, twenty-six-year-old Laura steps off the path to a prestigious legal career in London and into a Revolutionary-era ruin in the Burgundian town of Beaune with her new husband, Franck. Is this split-second, life-altering decision profoundly wise or utterly insane?

Laura’s idealistic visions of bicycling through French vineyards with fresh baguettes under her arm had not included steaming plates of veal brains for breakfast or taming an electrician named Tin Tin. Still, as Laura learns the art of bartering for antique furnishings and rekindles her romance with Franck, she gains a newfound perspective. Will running from the law to the vineyards of France trump the expectations she has long held for herself?

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Motivating & Uplifting Book

My Grape Escape by Laura Bradbury is a wonderfully written memoir. My Grape Escape tells the story of newlywed, Canadian Laura and her French husband Franck. With a leap of faith and a generous gift of $40,000 from Laura’s Grandfather they decide to purchase an older, stone farm house in the area Franck is from in Bergundy, France. To help offset the costs of purchasing and renovating the house Laura has a dream of turning their 100+ year old farm house into a vacation rental when they are not visiting France. With a tenacious spirit and home maintance learning curve Laura, Franck and numerous friends help turn the farm house into a beautiful home within 4 months of the first guests arriving. There were so many good lines in this book. A few of my favorites were:
”Even though life was never perfect, certain moments were.”
”Never confuse what is urgent with what is truly important.”
”I had always assumed that feeling lost meant something was defective with me, because weren’t we supposed to feel happy all the time?”
”I can’t believe how perfect it is,” I whispered back.”I could become someone else here.”
— By NW Readeron - August 5, 2015
Fun and Endearing - Loved it!

I’ll keep this review simple and short - I LOVED THIS BOOK! We all (especially those of us like me living in NYC) suffer from the hustle and bustle of life and the constant “stuff! stuff! stuff!” mentality that seems to drive those around us. Laura’s brave endeavor to make a life in France and embark on an albeit stressful and frustrating but oh so fulfilling endeavor of buying and renovating a quaint stone house with her husband….just makes me sit back and say “yes! that is the life!”. Great book - highly recommended. I’m buying her other books right now - can’t wait to hear the rest of her adventures.
— By Michael Pon - May 19, 2016