A Tale of Two Villages by Christine Smith.
An interesting and enjoyable read. The authors love for Spain is almost tangible throughout the book. My only minor criticism is that sometimes it reads a bit disjointed. But then you have to remember that this is essentially a diary which has been converted into a book and is therefore not going to flow as well as a novel. I would be interested to read further should the author carry on with a follow-up to this. I hope she does.
A very witty account of a lady setting up a new life in Spain. The friendliness of the village people and their helpful laid back approach to life and day to day living. What a delight to read thank you Christine.
a detailed diary read which gives a precise view of the Spanish Costas as it is today well done Thank you
I enjoyed this book as not many people write about moving to 'the real Spainish areas'. I got the impression that the author wouldn't want to be followed or found by other Brits wanting to do the same thing in the same places and I felt I was correct in this assumption when I got to the end of book and she was moving on, but not saying where to. This is completely understandable. The fact I'd like to read it again in the future is a good sign. Recommended read if the subject interests you.
I've always been interested in reading books based on real life and moving abroad, I really enjoyed this one, probably the best ex-pat book published. I enjoyed the honesty of the author and all the small details a lot of authors leave out, very informative.
One day I shall visit the areas mentioned in the book and revert back to the authors memoirs.
Really hope the author writes more books, very enjoyable
This book is a joy to read and the writer should continue to express her self, she has the gift.
Thoroughly lovely book to read.
An entertaining read, especially for an ex-pat like me. Many “Ah Yes” moments when the author describes the antics of dodgy estate agents and even dodgier builders!
The book contains much useful advice for the would be ex-pat on researching an area before visiting and then renting for a time to see what it’s really like.
My advice to visitors from the UK to my area of Andalucía is simple.
1. To set your watch, go forward 1 hour and back 30 years!
2. Repeat after me, “There is NO such thing as health and safety in Spain”. I have witnessed many times men cutting tiles with a disc cutter while balancing them with their feet. It’s OK though, ‘cause they’re wearing regulation issue flip flops!
3. Forget “where there’s blame there’s a claim”, if you have a trip or a fall the only compensation you’ll get is the laughter of onlookers.
My favourite expression is “You don’t HAVE to mad to live here, but it helps!
I look forward to the sequel.
A Woman Scorned by Christine Smith
This is a story about Clare, an talented investigative journalist, who specialises in undercover work. The novel is set in a quiet coastal area a of Spain where there is a sizeable Brit population and her adventures lead to the exposure of a sizeable drugs operation with a trafficking route channelled through Spain to the UK.
Clare can take the plaudits for the result but unfortunately meets a tragic end before the big news of the exposure emerges. She has a darker side however and unscrupulously involved her close family as a cover for her work in a way that exposed them to the suspicions of the criminal investigators and, ultimately, the nightmare of having to deal with her tragic end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even more so because of the setting as described. It is only the second book I have ever read where, in my only enquiring fashion, I can physically follow the geographical markers and find myself in real places where I can imagine the dramas taking place.
I look forward to reading more novels by Christine Smith.
I purchased the Kindle version yesterday and finished it today. Christine has created a very good story and the fact it's set in Spain makes it even more enjoyable.
Hopefully there will be a second Morales/Morgan book. There is definitely a series here and I will be looking out for book 2. Well done Christine. You've a future and your fans are waiting.....
Great read I lived in the area for sometime so loved all the local references, sting in the tale at the end , read this book in two sittings can't wait for the next one in the series
Thoroughly enjoyable read set in an area that I know well ,which brings the characters and plot to life. I almost expect to meet Morales and Morgan in the local bar ! A very interesting plot written in an easy style that makes one feel a friend is recounting a tale. Looking forward to the follow on.!
Very enjoyable read, brought me back to a very happy few years that we spent in and around Mojacar. really interesting
storyline with several twists and turns, hard to put down and thoroughly engrossing. looking forward to your next book.
Really gripping...couldn't put it down! Great read