Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

Rated 3.86/5 based on 8 reviews
Leaving England and moving to Spain to set up an alpaca breeding farm was never going to be easy…

'Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?’ is the frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything to move to Spain to follow their dream. More

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Published by Ant Press
Words: 52,210
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781301497751
About Alan Parks

Alan Parks was born in Eastbourne, East Sussex in 1978. His life changed for the better (he is constantly reminded) when he met Lorna in 2003. Work consisted of fairly mundane, mainly managerial posts. In 2008, Alan and Lorna moved to rural Andalucía, Spain, and now live in an old Olive Mill, off-grid and with a menagerie of animals.

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Reviews

Review by: Jessica Peterson on Aug. 03, 2013 :
This was a cute book and the author certainly leads an interesting life. I love animals and it's so nice to read about the happy lives the animals in this book have been given. My favourite parts of this book were the little blurbs written from the different animals' perspectives, it was very sweet. Based on just the story, this is a good read. Based on the writing, I think it could use a bit more work. All in all, it was a good read and I enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicola Atkinson on July 21, 2013 :
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. What a great book, upping sticks and moving to Spain to breed Alpacas, a wonderful, heartbreaking in places, story which shows you that we take far too much for granted! Alan and Lorna decided to take a chance with a new life and I think they made a great decision, struggling at times but worth all the hard work! Can't wait to read the next chapter in their adventures breeding Alpacas!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Penny Brainerd on March 25, 2013 : (no rating)
What could be more fun than leaving cold and rainy England for hot and sunny Spain and breeding Alpacas? Alan and his wife Lorna Parks along with her daughter and boyfriend move to a house that was formerly an Olive Mill in the small town of Andalucia. Yes, the house needed some work done on it, but they hadn't counted on it being so cold. Everyone assumed that it was always sunny and warm in Spain, but they do have a winter, too.

Still they got things squared away and welcomed their first four female Alpacas. Not everything goes according to plan with some losses occuring along the way.

The beginning of the chapters list the number of animals that are now living with the Parks, and sometimes they have the animals giving their point of view.

This is a light read and I recommend it for anyone who loves animals and humor. ( )
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Barbara Juhl on March 12, 2013 :
This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. To go to a new country without knowing the language, to raise alpacas with no knowledge of what they are getting into. It was an adventure!! Very well written, amusing and touching.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: norma peruzzotti on March 10, 2013 :
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Thi is a fun, enjoyable and easy to read novel.
Is writen in an casual and conversational way that make it easier to read.Well depicted characters even though sometimes they seem to be extremely naive...but if you un-root yourself from country and regular life to go fulfill a ¨crazy¨dream you become naive completely because you do not know neither understand a new culture, language and gig.
Is a nice book to read and a good author to remember.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AJ Murphy on March 10, 2013 :
I enjoyed it, the novel was a quick read and definitely worth the read...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: reluctantm on March 10, 2013 :
A quick read about a family moving to Adalusia to follow a slightly crazy dream to raise alpacas. The tone of the book is conversational, which fits well, and by the end you're rooting for Alan and Lorna and their motley crew of alpacas, dogs, cats, and chickens. Everything is cute and folksy, although a few times Alan and Lorna are a bit too naive to be completely believable. A run through with a professional editor would get rid of some of the kinks (there are a lot of exclamation marks and sometimes the threads of the story aren't interwoven very deftly) and probably make this book more marketable.

But, overall, it's a decently written, engaging story, and shows promise for Alan Park's first book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Frances Bott on March 08, 2013 :
Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca? by Alan Parks is the true story of Alan and his family’s adventures moving from England to Spain and getting started raising Alpacas.
You know, when the feral cat writes the introduction to a story, you are in for a treat. In fact many of the animals speak throughout the book. I found this an enjoyable look from another prospective.
Life changes are never easy, the unknown can be challenging and this change would prove to be no exception. The author weaves you through the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows that change can make. Along the way they meet many characters – some colorful, some unsavory. They end up with a host of animals that now call their farm home, including those adorable Alpacas.
If you love animals and real life adventure, you will enjoy Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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