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The Ripening Sun [Format Kindle]

Patricia Atkinson
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Revue de presse

"[an] eloquent tale" (Citylife)

"Remarkable . . . an extraordinarily affecting read" (Carla McKay Daily Mail)

"Enthralling . . . you end up admiring this plucky, warm-hearted woman and lusting to sample her vinous output" (Christopher Hirst The Independent)

"Should be required reading for anyone enjoying the vineyard impressive human story" (Spectator)

"Amazing and amusing . . . unputdownable" (The Lady)

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For most people giving up the day job and moving to a beautiful area of France and living off the vines is an impossible but delicious dream. In 1990, Patricia Atkinson and her husband decided to sell up in Britain and emigrate to the Dordogne. Their idea was to buy a house with a few vines attached and employ someone to tend to the wine while they earned their living with some financial consultancy work. There followed a series of disasters: the stock market crashed leaving their small holding as their sole source of income; the first red wine harvest turned to vinegar; and Patricia's husband returned to Britain, unable to cope with the stress. He never returned. Patricia Atkinson, whose only knowledge of wine up to that moment was 'that it came from a bottle' and who had not a word of French, was left to salvage their life savings form the vineyards. What follows is a remarkable story of struggle and transformation whereby her tiny 4 hectare plot has become a major estate of 21 hectares, where her Clos d'Yvigne wines have won awards and been adopted by wine merchants throughout the world and where she has been hailed as a superstar by UK wine writers.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read! 13 décembre 2012
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I read the entire book in one day - I couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend it, especially for other expats living in France or those interested in making wine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderful voyage 29 juillet 2003
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This was such a wonderfully spellbinding book that I couldn't put it down but at the same time did not want it to end. I really felt like the author was sitting down with me telling the story of her life. Unlike other books of this genre, there is some real life stuff going on, some of it truly heartbreaking. I would highly recommend this book over some of the others like "Bon Courage." I hope Patricia Atkinson is writing a sequel between all her other busy moments in life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Ripening Sun 2 août 2004
Par Bookish Barb - Publié sur
This is a "must read" for anyone dreaming of owning a vineyard or wishing for a winery! It is the story of Patricia's journey from a novice to a wine expert in 15 short years. She has an ability to tell her story in a way that won't allow you to put the book down until you have read it through. Her characters are fascinating and the best part is that they are real people. You will want to visit Patricia in France and tour her vineyard and winery after reading this book. Book 2 promises to be even better!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful non-fiction tale of perseverance and friendship amongst the vines! 30 octobre 2007
Par Provencal - Publié sur
Faced with a formidable challenge of single-handedly turning an overgrown vineyard into a economically viable operation, the heroine of this real-life story has the tenacity to beat the odds and go well beyond what most of us would consider an acceptable workload. Of course, the village setting and the many neighbors whose friendship shines through are the real stars of this wonderful book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A soft read 29 avril 2008
Par Tammy Twain - Publié sur
The Ripening Sun is a restful trip into the charming life of rural France.
The author's detailing of the everyday running of a vinyard is complete and gives you a good understanding of how much work is involved with this age old process of winemaking. It is a soft book to read anytime of the day and leaves you with just a little peaceful smile.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 breath in, breath out, read this book 13 décembre 2008
Par Hoover - Publié sur
Compelling, heartfelt, sensible. Atkinson, while complaining early on, truly evolves and learns many lessons with the help of locals, Edge, etc.
The essence of modern western life is truly the transformation of Atkinson in this true story. Beautiful.
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