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By Melanie Jones

After one quite undesirable day at paintings, advertising government and proven urban lady Melanie Jones comes to a decision to renounce her outdated lifestyles looking for anything new and less complicated in South West France. With little wisdom of the rustic, even much less of the language and simply the reminiscence of a disastrous institution French trade and some day journeys to Calais, she embarks on her experience with a suitcase filled with optimism and never just a little of naivety. in any case, how diverse can lifestyles in France be?

After a sequence of adventures with skirt-ripping tractors, good-looking dual farmers, star not-quite-beens, strange bathrooms and a bonkers expat group, all crowned up, in fact, with lashings of rosé, Melanie starts to find that her new lifestyles in France isn’t rather what she’d notion it might be

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