Hosting Hapless Helpers by Karen Luff

Written by on February 26, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Now you can discover the truth about what it is like to host helpers for your projects in your own home.

Karen Luff, the author, left her native UK with her husband and five-year-old son for a new life in France in 2005. The large house they fell in love with is called Le Chataignier, and it came with a cottage, several barns and land.

Like many expats they dreamt of running a smallholding and renting out holiday cottages. It wasn’t until they had settled in to their new home and took stock of all the things which needed doing that the size of their project, the amount of work, and sheer manpower needed to accomplish it all fully dawned on them.

However, when a relative regaled them with tales of his exploits on a working holiday, Karen realised that having helpers living in to assist with the work was the way forward. Nothing could have prepared them for the rollercoaster ride which was to become their lives from then on, and continues still today…

One of the primary reasons for writing this book, Karen says, is that having a complete stranger in your home can be hard work, also there are cultural and language problems, amongst others to overcome. She quickly realised that an ‘open letter’ on their Facebook page was needed for all prospective helpers to read prior to them applying to visit. This letter is in the book, and the reasons for each point, and the results of them not being adhered to make entertaining reading for people who like something different and sneak peaks into other people’s lives. It’s essential reading for anyone considering having helpers to stay and work on their project.

In Hosting Hapless Helpers Karen offers invaluable advice backed by comprehensive experience. You will find yourself laughing, crying and experiencing every emotion in-between within its pages, just remember that all the events and situations really happened…

About the Author:

​Karen Luff was born in Hammersmith, London, England. She and her husband John followed their dream and moved to Le Chataignier, a 400-year-old house in the beautiful Mayenne region of France. They have established a smallholding but still have plenty of ongoing renovation work on the house and outbuildings.

Hosting Hapless Helpers – The Ultimate Guide is available from Amazon

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