Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain

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Vintage Books, 2001 - Travel - 249 pages
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  No sooner had Chris Stewart set eyes on El Valero than he handed over a check.  Now all he had to do was explain to Ana, his wife that they were the proud owners of an isolated sheep farm in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain.  That was the easy part.

Lush with olive, lemon, and almond groves, the farm lacks a few essentials--running water, electricity, an access road.  And then there's the problem of rapacious Pedro Romero, the previous owner who refuses to leave.  A perpetual optimist, whose skill as a sheepshearer provides an ideal entrée into his new community, Stewart also possesses an unflappable spirit that, we soon learn, nothing can diminish.  Wholly enchanted by the rugged terrain of the hillside and the people they meet along the way--among them farmers, including the ever-resourceful Domingo, other expatriates and artists--Chris and Ana Stewart build an enviable life, complete with a child and dogs, in a country far from home.

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Review: Driving over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucía (Driving Over Lemons Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Keryn - Goodreads

I have been wanting to read this book for years, having heard of it a while ago and always remembered its delightful title. First published in 1999, the library copy i found is well worn by previous ... Read full review

Review: Driving over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucía (Driving Over Lemons Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Ashley Lauren - Goodreads

Man. I should have loved this book. When I pulled the off the shelf at Half Price Books I knew I had to have it. It was perfect for me. Not only was it a travel memoir, one of my great weaknesses, but ... Read full review


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Chris Stewart lives in Spain with his wife, Ana, and daughter, Chloë.

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