Reflections of Sunflowers
The final book in the Sunflower trilogy sees Ruth and her husband returning to Bel-Air de Grezelongue, their much-loved home in the Lot-et-Garonne region of South West France. In 1976 their dreams of purchasing a peaceful summer home came true when they spied this derelict farmhouse surrounded by fields and orchards, and saw what it could become. Renovating the primitive, rural house truly was a labour of love – and the love affair between house and owner has lasted over twenty-five years.
Over the years there have been inevitable sadnesses, but also the joys of new grandchildren, anniversaries, village fetes, and splendid meals taken with their neighbours. And whilst the family have seen many changes during their time with the local farming community, the warm and welcoming atmosphere they first fell in love with has remained the same.
Now they face their own personal tragedy, but through all their sorrows Bel-Air continues to be a place of healing, hope and happiness, as well as extraordinary beauty.
Julie, Lancaster –
With much sadness I realized that this was the final book in the wonderful Sunflowers trilogy. Many changes have occurred in Ruth Silvestre’s life but through her wonderful writing you can almost touch and feel the wonderful countryside of rural France and her beloved home of Bel-Air de Grezelonge.
Eileen Walsh –
These three books (A House in the Sunflowers, Reflections of Sunflowers, A Harvest of Sunflowers) are the most authentic stories of someone willing to be absorbed into French rural life. Our experiences are almost the same,although some things are changing, many of the old characters passing away. We have had a wonderful 22yr. experience, the only regret being that we cannot anticipate another 20 yrs. Thank-you to our thoughtful & adorable French friends & neighbours. Vive la (rurale) France.