Tales from the Pays d’Oc – Patricia Feinberg Stoner

Twenty-one tales of life, love and laughter in the land of sun and vines.

What is Matthieu doing up an olive tree? Why won’t Joséphine ever eat pizza again? Who went four by fourth? And who rescued two hapless Americans at Armageddon Falls?

Travel to the Languedoc, feel the scorch of the sun on your shoulders, smell the dust and the lavender and the ripening grapes and follow the adventures of the Saturday Club and the regulars at l’Estaminet.

In this collection of stories, Patricia Feinberg Stoner revisits the territory of her memoir, ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a whole host of new and familiar characters.



My review

This is the story about life in a small French village. The ‘natives’ are mixed with ‘foreigners’. Some of those ‘foreigners’ live there as will, but will always remain ‘foreigners. Some of them only stay during the summer or come to visit their in-laws. You will get to know some of the villagers, their families and everyday adventures.

A small village means gossip of course and sometimes even jalousy and people falling out with each other. But on the other hand they also try to help each other when needed and are always in for a party.

Some of these tales will make you laugh, others are a bit sad, but not less fun to read. And what is a book without a little romance …?

You could sense the atmosphere, feel the sun and smell the wine and food. It was as if you were sitting in the café as well.

Thank you, Patricia Feinberg Stoner and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

Patricia Feinberg Stoner is a former journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. For four years she and her husband were accidental expatriates in the Languedoc, southern France. During that time she wrote a series of magazine articles which eventually became her first book about the Languedoc: ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc.’

Now back in the UK, she lives with her husband in the pretty West Sussex village of Rustington, where Michael Flanders encountered a gnu and the mobility scooter is king.

She spends much of her time writing short stories and comic verses. Her first book, ‘Paw Prints in the Butter’, is a collection of comic poems for cat lovers, and is sold in aid of a local animal charity. In 2017 she published her second book of comic verse: ‘The Little Book of Rude Limericks’.

In the autumn of 2018 Patricia returns to the locale of ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a new collection of stories: ‘Tales from the Pays d’Oc’.

Patricia welcomes visitors to her Facebook page (Paw Prints in the Butter) and to her blog http://www.paw-prints-in-the-butter.com.

You may occasionally find her on Twitter @perdisma.