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SETTLING DOWN is the fourth and final instalment of THE RELUCTANT EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain.


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SETTLING DOWN is the fourth and final instalment of THE RELUCTANT EXPAT, Alan Laycock’s light-hearted account of his life in Spain.

30 review for The Reluctant Expat: Part Four - Settling Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wilhelmina Hoftyzer

    I read all 4 books in this series. I think it is a "work of fiction and an over active imagination". If Laycock is to be believed he actually went from a "slug" who basically stayed in an extra bedroom living with sister and brother in law for about 15 years, selling coins on EBay....to a delightful, spanish speaking, social, gregarious 50 year old man....from a cocoon to a butterfly, on his arrival to Spain. He made friends with the locals, making land deals which appeared to be quite sketchy, I read all 4 books in this series. I think it is a "work of fiction and an over active imagination". If Laycock is to be believed he actually went from a "slug" who basically stayed in an extra bedroom living with sister and brother in law for about 15 years, selling coins on EBay....to a delightful, spanish speaking, social, gregarious 50 year old man....from a cocoon to a butterfly, on his arrival to Spain. He made friends with the locals, making land deals which appeared to be quite sketchy, there were never any problems with buying vehicles, land, homes.....or any of the sort of issues which other expats have described in many books detailing their experiences on the "continent". And not only that, within months he found love, and within the year he was married. Imagine this: a 50 year old man, with failed relationships which apparently was the cause of his mothballing himself in a bedroom for 15 years, suddenly finds love and is well adjusted. A summer fiction beach read! and the product of an over active imagination. For all we know he is still cocooned in a grubby bedroom in industrial England, living with his hard drinking relatives. On the plus side I did not have to read about a dog.....which seems to be a recurrent theme among Brits moving to the continent. Thanks for the work of your over active imagination. Now go out and get a real job, because I am sure your next book will be about your new baby!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol Rode

    Wonderful Just finished the fourth book of the series. Love them all and hope for another one soon. Its not another mushy love story but yet there is in a way. It's about life. Living life in another country and trying different things and finding out how much you missed before. All four books are a must read. Once I started I couldn't stop and couldn't wait till I started the next book. It's to bad it ended but it ended happily. I definitely recommend the series. Wonderful Just finished the fourth book of the series. Love them all and hope for another one soon. Its not another mushy love story but yet there is in a way. It's about life. Living life in another country and trying different things and finding out how much you missed before. All four books are a must read. Once I started I couldn't stop and couldn't wait till I started the next book. It's to bad it ended but it ended happily. I definitely recommend the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A brilliant series of four books I love reading about people’s adventures abroad, normally France for some reason but Alan’s exploits in Spain are an absolute delight and I read them sequentially on my kindle - leaving me devastated that for now a very entertaining journey is over. Alan’s style of writing is very easy on the eye, even on my iPhone 6, and comes highly recommended. Roll on episode five.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gary Michaels

    The series ends This is The final part of Alan's story of moving to SpaIn, somewhat reluctantly at first. A somewhat sheltered and naive character who lived with his sister and brother in law, he embraced his new life with a sense of humor and adventure. As an America, I enjoyed the British phrases which are people Perez throughout the story. Obviously I found the story and the characters engaging as I read all four parts. Highly re commenced for a light and charming read! The series ends This is The final part of Alan's story of moving to SpaIn, somewhat reluctantly at first. A somewhat sheltered and naive character who lived with his sister and brother in law, he embraced his new life with a sense of humor and adventure. As an America, I enjoyed the British phrases which are people Perez throughout the story. Obviously I found the story and the characters engaging as I read all four parts. Highly re commenced for a light and charming read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Memoir--or is it fiction? I don't think Laycock's friends might like to recognize themselves in his story--although they all have their good points. And the book ends in a wedding and a surprise celebration with most of those friends which made me very happy! I'm glad there is a sequel--because I have read the four Reluctant Expat books in the last ten days and I am not tired of them. Bring on the sequel The Contented Expat! Memoir--or is it fiction? I don't think Laycock's friends might like to recognize themselves in his story--although they all have their good points. And the book ends in a wedding and a surprise celebration with most of those friends which made me very happy! I'm glad there is a sequel--because I have read the four Reluctant Expat books in the last ten days and I am not tired of them. Bring on the sequel The Contented Expat!

  6. 4 out of 5

    LL

    Good Book This book is a continuation of the author's life in Spain. Interesting and informative with funny moments, His observations and comments on his spanish friends , other expatriates, and his brother-in-law and sister is what makes this book good. It's good to know he met a wonderful lady and they are enjoying their life together. Good Book This book is a continuation of the author's life in Spain. Interesting and informative with funny moments, His observations and comments on his spanish friends , other expatriates, and his brother-in-law and sister is what makes this book good. It's good to know he met a wonderful lady and they are enjoying their life together.

  7. 4 out of 5

    katherine Ferrier

    Sun, Sea and Shiny People I loved it from start to finish. As someone who has been to Spain herself only on holiday and who imagines what it would be like to retire there found myself lapping up every description of day to day life and people in Alan's life and thoroughly enjoying every detail. Would highly recommend ,plenty of laughs ! Sun, Sea and Shiny People I loved it from start to finish. As someone who has been to Spain herself only on holiday and who imagines what it would be like to retire there found myself lapping up every description of day to day life and people in Alan's life and thoroughly enjoying every detail. Would highly recommend ,plenty of laughs !

  8. 4 out of 5

    john weeks

    One for the bedside The mark of a good writer, is when the reader at the end of the book cannot wait to find out what happens next, I loved to see what all these !marvelous characters were up to next, and seamlessly went from book to book, well done Alan Laycock, can't wait for more One for the bedside The mark of a good writer, is when the reader at the end of the book cannot wait to find out what happens next, I loved to see what all these !marvelous characters were up to next, and seamlessly went from book to book, well done Alan Laycock, can't wait for more

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brian Sieber

    Entertaining Read I read all 4 books in the series. Really enjoyed the first 3 and thought that 4 struggled. Would enjoy if Alan chose to continue the series. Would like to hear some more about his family and the town people.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading all 4 books and am looking forward to an update later in the year - think the author should maybe do a blog. I got immersed in the characters and am surprised as to how well he had done in the sense of starting a new life there and making money etc.. inspirational

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary Payne

    The Reluctant Expat. A lovely conclusion to the four part series. This one like the others did not disappoint. As I read I feel very inclusive in the whole account of living in Spain.

  12. 4 out of 5

    mary m miller

    Sorry to see it end. Most enjoyable, light reading with great character development. Almost feel like I know everyone personally! Also a good insight into moving to another country, which is something I'm considering. Sorry to see it end. Most enjoyable, light reading with great character development. Almost feel like I know everyone personally! Also a good insight into moving to another country, which is something I'm considering.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Overman

    Delightful I enjoyed this fourth book in the series and look forward to reading more about Alan and his family’s life in Spain. I loved reading about the hotel adventure, farming and Alan learning through trial and error about selling houses.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Morag Thorne

    A consistently engaging series All four books in this series strike a good balance of information, humour and representation of the non-stereotypical characters. Unlike other books in the genre, it did not become tedious.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 4 of a series. 1-4. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Its best to read them in order. They cover the first year of the author's move to Spain. Highly entertaining and amusing. You really get drawn in to the characters. This is book 4 of a series. 1-4. I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Its best to read them in order. They cover the first year of the author's move to Spain. Highly entertaining and amusing. You really get drawn in to the characters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lewis

    Such fun! All four parts were enjoyable reading, realistically described as I followed Alan along in his new life in Spain and the individuals he became involved with. Fun reading and I recommend you follow along on all four parts!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cris Dixon

    An enjoyable read. I was sorry to reach the end of this excellent series of books and hope to be able to read another series soon.

  18. 5 out of 5

    IAN CHRISTOPHERSON

    Lockdown read A really good series of books with excellent stories and excellent characters,I hope there are more in the future from Alan.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eric Everett

    Finale An excellent final book to end the story with. Full of humour and interest. Some great characters here and delightfully drawn.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A great read Alan shares a transformative period of his life. The books are funny, emotional, well written, and full of quirky characters. A great read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christy Olesen

    Love this series. I look forward to more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Roscoe

    Thoroughly enjoyed this series of books. Funny, thorough and well written. Gave 5 stars as it is realistic, not at all exciting but endearing and a truthful account of rural Spanish life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Treby

    Have now read all four books. Thoroughly enjoyed them. Simple story and I had an urge to join them. Hope he writes another catch up book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debra Edha

    1-4 I’ve really enjoyed the down to earth often self depreciating ramblings of Alan from start to finish. The whole series felt true to life, and I so hope it was

  25. 4 out of 5

    martyn yeoman

    Super series finale!! Great read!Great series! Highly recommended! Thanks so much! Enjoyable steady pace too ! I could be in Spain reading these books !!

  26. 5 out of 5

    JoeyHatesJazz

    I was disappointed when this series came to an end. An interesting and insightful account.

  27. 5 out of 5

    John

    The expat life looks appealing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    CarolSharpe

    Loved it I have read all 4 of Alan Laycock's book's and can not wait for the next one. Loved it I have read all 4 of Alan Laycock's book's and can not wait for the next one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    D A Thomson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Taylor

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