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The author and her husband devised a simple plan - to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle. On the second day of their journey Tinkerbelle begins to self-destruct, helped by the new dog who does his best to eat her from the i The author and her husband devised a simple plan - to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle. On the second day of their journey Tinkerbelle begins to self-destruct, helped by the new dog who does his best to eat her from the inside out. This is their story, as they travel from sandy beaches to snow-topped mountains exploring the diverse cultures, cuisines and countryside making up the country called France. Their journey takes them to places out of the ordinary, meeting interesting characters and witnessing ancient traditions. While the dogs rejoice in the freedom they find running on the beaches, Susie and Terry spend a lot of time holding their breath, wondering whether Tinkerbelle will manage to negotiate impossible mountain routes and get them home before she completely disintegrates. Travels with Tinkerbelle is a revision of "A Perfect Circle," previously published by Transworld Publishers. Enhanced features of this edition include chapter by chapter map links of the journey.


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The author and her husband devised a simple plan - to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle. On the second day of their journey Tinkerbelle begins to self-destruct, helped by the new dog who does his best to eat her from the i The author and her husband devised a simple plan - to take a tent and the dog and drive around the perimeter of France. Like many simple plans it went wrong before it started and they ended up with two dogs and a campervan named Tinkerbelle. On the second day of their journey Tinkerbelle begins to self-destruct, helped by the new dog who does his best to eat her from the inside out. This is their story, as they travel from sandy beaches to snow-topped mountains exploring the diverse cultures, cuisines and countryside making up the country called France. Their journey takes them to places out of the ordinary, meeting interesting characters and witnessing ancient traditions. While the dogs rejoice in the freedom they find running on the beaches, Susie and Terry spend a lot of time holding their breath, wondering whether Tinkerbelle will manage to negotiate impossible mountain routes and get them home before she completely disintegrates. Travels with Tinkerbelle is a revision of "A Perfect Circle," previously published by Transworld Publishers. Enhanced features of this edition include chapter by chapter map links of the journey.

30 review for Travels With Tinkerbelle - 6000 Miles Around France In A Mechanical Wreck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Okay, I read the description of this book on the Goodreads Giveaway list, signed up to win a free copy, and then promptly bought the book on my Nook. (I did withdraw from the drawing.) I was taken aback to find out this book weighs in at a hefty 668 pages! Then I started reading.....and giggling. In almost no time, I was nearly 100 pages into the book and we had barely left Bretagne! What is really nice, from my standpoint, is that the author is taking us on a tour de France by describing their Okay, I read the description of this book on the Goodreads Giveaway list, signed up to win a free copy, and then promptly bought the book on my Nook. (I did withdraw from the drawing.) I was taken aback to find out this book weighs in at a hefty 668 pages! Then I started reading.....and giggling. In almost no time, I was nearly 100 pages into the book and we had barely left Bretagne! What is really nice, from my standpoint, is that the author is taking us on a tour de France by describing their road trip in just enough detail for the reader to appreciate the beauty of the country without being bogged down by too much minutiae. Needless to say, I have discovered a book that reads quickly all the while engaging the reader. Not having read any of Ms. Kelly's previous books, I felt this was written in a style similar to that of Peter Mayle, another Brit who follows his francophilic heart. Having read this book, I am now encouraged to find other books written by Ms. Kelly to see if they are as charming as this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Poore

    Travels with Tinkerbelle is a truly wonderful travelogue. I have loved reading it from start to finish. It is full of fascinating local history and information; it has beautiful descriptive passages; and it has the precious bonus of two delightful dogs, Dobby and Tally. What more could I ask? Oh yes, it is about France too, which gives it double points. I fell completely in love with Dobby and laughed out loud at several passages following his systematic distruction of various items in Tinkerbel Travels with Tinkerbelle is a truly wonderful travelogue. I have loved reading it from start to finish. It is full of fascinating local history and information; it has beautiful descriptive passages; and it has the precious bonus of two delightful dogs, Dobby and Tally. What more could I ask? Oh yes, it is about France too, which gives it double points. I fell completely in love with Dobby and laughed out loud at several passages following his systematic distruction of various items in Tinkerbelle; he reminded me so much of my own beloved pooch. I also loved Susie Kelly’s wry sense of humour and like other reviewers, think Terry was a real trooper. As for Tinkerbelle, what a special van. I was holding my breath as they negotiated the Pyrenees and Alps with barely any brakes, a broken clutch and a holey exhaust. Fabulous! A lovely book on many levels.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Travels with Tinkerbelle is, in the barest of terms, a travel diary. It carefully logs the places, the cuisine and the stories a couple and their two slightly mad dogs encounter on their tour de France. Susie Kelly’s book is an adventure, just a more afforded, wine appreciating, dog walking type of adventure. Initially wary of the temperamental Tinkerbelle, their transport for the six weeks, and slightly nervous of their dogs, their companions for the next six weeks, you embark with them around Travels with Tinkerbelle is, in the barest of terms, a travel diary. It carefully logs the places, the cuisine and the stories a couple and their two slightly mad dogs encounter on their tour de France. Susie Kelly’s book is an adventure, just a more afforded, wine appreciating, dog walking type of adventure. Initially wary of the temperamental Tinkerbelle, their transport for the six weeks, and slightly nervous of their dogs, their companions for the next six weeks, you embark with them around the country. You find yourself in the campervan with them all, tasting the dishes, and more often than not tensing, as Tinkerbelle struggles and sputters up the winding Alpine roads. Through the tour you learn, if you didn’t know already, that France is not one unified tradition of wine and cheese but a myriad of distinct regions. As you drive through the Basque country, the Alpine villages and the towns of Alsace Susie has worked hard to supplement simple descriptions of the places you visit. With every day there is an accompanying tourist information pack of the local anecdotes and myths which I won’t spoil for you. The people you meet are caricatures of the regions. Most, though not all, of the encounters are as charming as Susie’s flare for descriptive writing. There isn’t a rock or a bird that isn’t painted without a flavour of the region. My personal favourites were the roads “with more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti” and the little birds, “sparrows like clockwork toys”. ‘Travels with Tinkerbelle’ is a lovely summer read. My advice is to take it slow. Like most holidays you will find it is over too quickly. Be sure to keep a notebook nearby as you may find yourself planning your own travels, just maybe not in Tinkerbelle.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I absolutely loved this book! It is a travel diary, written in a very succinct style. Unlike some travel writers, Susie Kelly doesn't go on and on about things. She says what needs saying, and then moves on. There is probably no other way this book could be written - after all, it does cover 6,000 miles' worth of adventures! I loved the writing style, the premise ('circumnavigating' France in a motorhome called Tinkerbelle), the stories and adventures - and I absolutely adored the antics of Susi I absolutely loved this book! It is a travel diary, written in a very succinct style. Unlike some travel writers, Susie Kelly doesn't go on and on about things. She says what needs saying, and then moves on. There is probably no other way this book could be written - after all, it does cover 6,000 miles' worth of adventures! I loved the writing style, the premise ('circumnavigating' France in a motorhome called Tinkerbelle), the stories and adventures - and I absolutely adored the antics of Susie and Terry's dog Tally and giant puppy Dobby. Being a dog owner myself, the stories about their dogs made me laugh out loud on several occasions. So did many of the other stories. I will definitely be reading more of Susie Kelly's books in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joan Young

    Travels With Tinkerbelle - 6,000 Miles Around France In A Mechanical Wreck Susie Kelly is at it again: she was gripped with the itching wanderlust that had to be scratched. She and her husband, Terry, decide to buy a small motorhome and circumnavigate France. The fact that their budget is minuscule is immaterial. The fact that they also have a dog that will go with them isn’t crazy enough, they decide to get another puppy to keep the dog company. She describes the first dog as small. Several chap Travels With Tinkerbelle - 6,000 Miles Around France In A Mechanical Wreck Susie Kelly is at it again: she was gripped with the itching wanderlust that had to be scratched. She and her husband, Terry, decide to buy a small motorhome and circumnavigate France. The fact that their budget is minuscule is immaterial. The fact that they also have a dog that will go with them isn’t crazy enough, they decide to get another puppy to keep the dog company. She describes the first dog as small. Several chapters later she reveals that the dog is a Vizsla! I own a small Vizsla– she weighs 50 pounds! The puppy-mutt they add to the crew grows to the size of a small pony, and chews everything in sight, nailed down or not. The motorhome somehow makes the entire trip, although it’s unclear why. Important parts fall off or break regularly. Terry drives on, over mountains, and around hairpin curves, mostly unperturbed. We should all have such oblivious, patient partners. It may have helped that Terry doesn’t speak much French. Only once does Susie hint that they occasionally disagreed over travel arrangements. Anyone who has taken a road trip will also identify with the problems associated with finding a place to stay each night. Motor camps range from first rate to mud pits. Meanwhile, Susie and Terry visit small and large towns hunting for both publicized tourist attractions and those wonderful local secrets one can stumble upon when willing to talk to local folks. Her descriptions of these places will always give you a fresh look, even if you are familiar with the locale. And it’s all told with a great sense of humor. One of my favorite passages relates how a tradeswoman tells Susie that the local snakes were dropped from a helicopter. Susie thinks she must have mis-heard. Several pages later, she hears the rest of the story. I’m always a sucker for funny stories where you have to wait for the other shoe to drop. If you like travel stories, you’ll never regret the reasonable $2.99 to buy this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is the second book of Susie Kelly’s that I have read and it won’t be the last. I loved reading about their adventures as she and her husband Terry journeyed 6000 miles around France in a rather decrepit old campervan with their two dogs. I particularly enjoy Susie’s sense of humour and her wonderful conversational style of writing. There’s a great deal of historical detail as well which appealed to me. It gives a marvellous insight into the different regions of this beautiful country. I lau This is the second book of Susie Kelly’s that I have read and it won’t be the last. I loved reading about their adventures as she and her husband Terry journeyed 6000 miles around France in a rather decrepit old campervan with their two dogs. I particularly enjoy Susie’s sense of humour and her wonderful conversational style of writing. There’s a great deal of historical detail as well which appealed to me. It gives a marvellous insight into the different regions of this beautiful country. I laughed out loud at some points and had a little tear in my eye at others. A lovely read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    What's not to enjoy with this book. We have lots of anecdotes about the author's trip around the "edge" of France with her husband, 2 lively large dogs and a dodgy campervan (which sounded awfully like a French one we owned for a while). As a bonus, we also learn lots of interesting history and geography along the way. It inspires me to go to some (but not all!) the places visited but if I can't go, I shall feel as if I've been there and experienced it all. A book I couldn't put down. What's not to enjoy with this book. We have lots of anecdotes about the author's trip around the "edge" of France with her husband, 2 lively large dogs and a dodgy campervan (which sounded awfully like a French one we owned for a while). As a bonus, we also learn lots of interesting history and geography along the way. It inspires me to go to some (but not all!) the places visited but if I can't go, I shall feel as if I've been there and experienced it all. A book I couldn't put down.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Josephine A Gilbert

    Bit too much history. I was looking forward to reading this book as we owned a motor caravan in the 1970's and used to drive it to, what was, Yugoslavia,. However, I found myself flipping over many pages as I wasn't interested in a history lesson. More on the food and countryside of the various regions would have been preferable. Bit too much history. I was looking forward to reading this book as we owned a motor caravan in the 1970's and used to drive it to, what was, Yugoslavia,. However, I found myself flipping over many pages as I wasn't interested in a history lesson. More on the food and countryside of the various regions would have been preferable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu

    An enjoyable read about traveling through France, amusing anecdotes and historical as well as cultural tidbits about the country. I especially loved reading about Alsace since I studied there many years ago.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Susie Kelly made me feel like I was there travelling with them. Very informative and easy to read. It gave a good insight into the different regions of France. I loved the dogs especially Dobby and the antics they got up too. A brilliant and humorous read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pat Sharpe

    Funny book about an English couple who travel around the coast of France with two dogs in a camper and the adventures that they have. The camper has a lot of mechanical problems, the dogs get into their own adventures. Lots of stories about history which are interesting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    June

    More than a travel book Loved all her books this one especially. We travel full time in an RV so her memories of some campsites are hilarious. A moving travelogue of France. Great read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John

    Not a bad story by any means, just not wildly amusing either, more a typical "we went here and saw that" type with some amusing highlights here and there. Recommended for dog people and vegetarians, as those aspects of their travels featured regularly. Not a bad story by any means, just not wildly amusing either, more a typical "we went here and saw that" type with some amusing highlights here and there. Recommended for dog people and vegetarians, as those aspects of their travels featured regularly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dereka

    This is my third Susie Kelley so I need not say more. But I will! If you like France, dogs, camping, traveling, food, history and funny/grumpy/clever/emotional women, you will enjoy this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    judith a. catanesye

    Furry travels Loved the book . Makes me want to see more of France. Enjoyed the combination of history, myths and humor. The dogs added to the story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    selena

    This is one of the first books I read when I got my new kindle, it attracted me because I love to travel. It's a really good read about a journey around the very edge of France by a couple in their aged camper van - which keptt breaking down but they always managed to repair by the seat of their pants - with their two dogs. It's original (to me) in that the authoress, as well as description of every place they visited and how they perceived it, gave a synopsis of the history of each place, which This is one of the first books I read when I got my new kindle, it attracted me because I love to travel. It's a really good read about a journey around the very edge of France by a couple in their aged camper van - which keptt breaking down but they always managed to repair by the seat of their pants - with their two dogs. It's original (to me) in that the authoress, as well as description of every place they visited and how they perceived it, gave a synopsis of the history of each place, which made it a very enjoyable read. The account of the two dogs made me wince a bit, I didn't think it was a good idea to take a young untrained dog on such a journey as he seemed to demolish everything that wasn't strapped down - but that's just personal opinion, he obviously enjoyed it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Langlois

    Love her writing and this is the second of her books I've read. The only thing I didn't like was that there was a bit too much history of the places they visited. Otherwise a fun and brilliant read! Love her writing and this is the second of her books I've read. The only thing I didn't like was that there was a bit too much history of the places they visited. Otherwise a fun and brilliant read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juju

    Didn't enjoy it as much as how not to move to france, but as I'm traveling France in my campervan I could relate to a lot of it & found some good spots to visit & interesting facts. Didn't enjoy it as much as how not to move to france, but as I'm traveling France in my campervan I could relate to a lot of it & found some good spots to visit & interesting facts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jean E. Mader

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Freeman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Penny

  22. 5 out of 5

    Colin Campbell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Hawn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terry McGuire

  25. 4 out of 5

    jennifer haward

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Oram

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robin Wilson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vivien Murphy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helen Magell

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