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And Then Came Paulette

Barbara Constantine

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation

The feel-good bestseller that put the smiles back on French faces. Ferdinand is alone now, all by himself on a big empty farm. His son, daughter and grandchildren have all moved away... But his solitude is short-lived. Ferdinand is soon joined by a multitude of lost souls. And then comes Paulette...

A charming tale of family, friendship, love and loneliness, a feel-good bestseller that put the smiles back on French faces.

When his son's family move away (with one last argument on their lips), widower Ferdinand is left with only a sadistic kitten for company on a farm that was built for a family.

Just as loneliness starts to bite, he discovers his neighbour Marceline has long been shivering beneath a leaky roof. He welcomes her to his farm, temporarily of course, and also provides a home for her dog, and for Cornelius, her gluttonous donkey.

As each begrudgingly adjusts to the other's quirks, yet more new arrivals appear. It seems that Ferdinand isn't the only one who was all alone, and the dusty farm becomes a haven for lost souls of every age to share their sorrows and set about rediscovering their joie de vivre.

But amidst the newfound hustle and bustle, one final uninvited guest threatens to upset the apple cart once and for all...

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Barbara Constantine

Barbara Constantine was born in Nice, France in 1955. She is scriptwriter and ceramacist as well as a novelist.

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