Driving Over Lemons

Driving Over Lemons

An Optimist in Andalucía

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  No sooner had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he handed over a check.  Now all he had to do was explain to Ana, his wife that they were the proud owners of an isolated sheep farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain.  That was the easy part.

Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials—running water, electricity, an access road.  And then there's the problem of rapacious Pedro Romero, the previous owner who refuses to leave.  A perpetual optimist, whose skill as a sheepshearer provides an ideal entrée into his new community, Stewart also possesses an unflappable spirit that, we soon learn, nothing can diminish.  Wholly enchanted by the rugged terrain of the hillside and the people they meet along the way—among them farmers, including the ever-resourceful Domingo, other expatriates and artists—Chris and Ana Stewart build an enviable life, complete with a child and dogs, in a country far from home.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
A bestseller in England, this warm, funny account of a British family's attempt to make a home in southern Spain follows the first drummer for the rock band Genesis as he heads for Andalucia with his wife and kids. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780307425683
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Aug 16, 2018

He never takes himself too seriously. The end sort of fizzles out though.

Jun 21, 2018

Fabulous read and look at life—taking new chances and adventures and the twists and turns that come with it all.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

The good life abroad. If you enjoyed Peter Mayle of Frances Mayes, you'll love this much more rustic tale of life in southern Spain. Stewart and his wife move from England to a dilapidated farm on the wrong side of the river, with no access road, water supply or electricity, and soon realize it was exactly the life they wanted.

Jul 26, 2013

A perfect cottage read or for the world traveler who just wants to settle down anywhere but home. It will teach you about agriculture, horticulture, rural Spanish culture, and will do so in a way that is both easy and memorable. This book will forever be in my heart.

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