Friday, November 10, 2017

G926 one sip at a time; Learning to live in Provence

Title of the book: one sip at a time; Learning to live in Provence

Author: Keith van Sickle

Publisher: Self published

Publishing Date: 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9983120-0-2


Keith and Val had a dream – to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.

But there were two problems: they weren’t French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan…

Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine.

This light and breezy memoir is full of wry observations on France, like the power of cheese to sway elections, the right and wrong ways for men to kiss each other, and the law requiring that blood donors must speak French.

If you’ve ever dreamed of changing gears and learning what joie de vivre is really all about, you won’t want to miss this delightful book.

Author Info:
(From the book)

Keith Van Sickle is a technology industry veteran and lifelong traveler who got his first taste of overseas life while studying in England during college. But it was the expat assignment to Switzerland that made him really fall in love with Europe. With his wife Val and their trusty dog, he now splits his time between Silicon Valley and Provence, delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.


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Personal Opinion:

Looking for a short and sweet guide on what its like to live in France that is informative yet hilarious? Look no further than this book. I thought I read quite a lot on how Americans experienced France as tourists or as attempting to settle into a complex yet  rewarding world where pace of life is slow and where people are more welcoming. This book is part comedy and part information where the author dedicates short viginettes of French life for his audience. Some of the subjects that he tackles include French driving, kissing greetings and how holidays are celebrated where he stayed.

This is for France Book Tours


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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)


  1. Thanks for your nice review, so glad you liked it. Emma at FBT

  2. Thanks for your thoughts on One Sip At A Time. Just the excerpt tells you that your in for some laughter.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


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