With a poodle clutched in one arm and notes for her epic historical novel under the other, Maureen Cashman escaped the bushfires of Canberra for a 'valley of paradise' in the south-west of France.
Installed in a restored wing of an ancient priory, Maureen and Charlie - her Australian-born poodle - enter into the routines and rituals of the small, rural town of Espagnac- St-Eulalie.
Together Maureen and Charlie discovered a completely different pace of life, a stunning landscape and a dramatic turn of the seasons. They discovered too a culinary hotspot with cheeses that had Charlie literally dancing, and table fare that converted a near-vegetarian author into a lover of game and even foi-gras.
But Val-Paradis changed much more than that...
Explore the French countryside, meet new friends and share some time with a charming, unpredictable poodle in Maureen Cashman's delightful, insightful and gently humorous tale of life in paradise.