The Olive Farm / Carol Drinkwater
When Carol Drinkwater and her fiance, Michel, are given the opportunity to purchase ten acres of an abandoned olive farm in the South of France, they find the region’s splendor impossible to resist. Using their entire savings as a down payment, the couple embark on an adventure that brings them in contact with the charming countryside of Provence, its querulous personalities, petty bureaucracies, and extraordinary wildlife. From the glamour of Cannes and the Isles of Lérins to the charm of her own small plot of land -- which she transforms from overgrown weeds into a thriving farm -- Drinkwater triumphantly relates how she realized her dream of a peaceful, meaningful life.
Drinkwater, Carol. The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France. Penguin Books. 2002. Paperback (ISBN 978-0-14200-130-1; 336 pages). $16.00 list price.