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Dream Wheeler

Dream Wheeler, the remarkable true story of Jane Lambert's adventures in France.

A remarkable true story that proves you’re never too old to follow your dreams and it’s never too late to look for love.


When Jane Lambert retired she swapped her London flat for a remote cottage in north western France. Battling freezing cold winters, plagues of mice and blocked drains, Jane used her meagre budget to renovate a near derelict house and create a gardener’s paradise from an empty plot of land. Being in a wheelchair was the least of her worries.

Then, at the age of sixty-seven, she embarked on a series of disastrous blind dates. Eventually she met Rene, a cantankerous, opinionated ex-Parisian who turned out to be the love of her life.

That’s when her problems really began.




18 comments on “Dream Wheeler

  1. Ellie Kuykendall
    June 20, 2013

    I’d like to send you a comment by email, so if you will, please send me your email address. Mine is elliemk at gmail dot com. Thanks.


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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      June 23, 2013

      Helen I’m so sorry to read your news, may your friend find strength and healing in abundance.


  3. Diane
    January 6, 2014

    Dear Deb

    My friend [am knew ‘Dreamwheeler’ very well. I think it is great you
    have written about her colourful life. Diane


  4. laroseedespetiteschoses
    April 13, 2014

    It is beautifully written Deb, a great story! I admire Jean’s amazing courage to have lived life and loved with her whole heart and measured not with her head. Looking forward to reading your next book.


  5. debhuntinbrokenhill
    April 13, 2014

    I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about Jane and thank you for your very kind comment, she was indeed a courageous woman. Best wishes to you


    • laroseedespetiteschoses
      April 13, 2014

      Sorry about the typo on her name, actually Jane looked so much like a lovely woman I used to call auntie Jean with similar colourful personality, though no one could be as brave as your Jane. 🙂


  6. Carricklass
    June 6, 2014

    Loved this book. Exquisitely written with sensitivity and humour. I loved that you put little pieces of you into it and admired your adventurous spirit. So glad you wrote this book, Jane’s character, fortitude, optimism and gift for collecting interesting people had to be recorded. Jane lifted off the pages and into my heart.


  7. debhuntinbrokenhill
    June 8, 2014

    Thank you so much for taking the trouble to let me know what you thought of Dream Wheeler, I felt privileged to have met Jane and very glad she gave me the opportunity to write about her life, she was an inspiring woman (and if you feel like adding your review to I would be very grateful, thank you Carricklass!)


  8. Dale
    April 19, 2015

    Oh, I am so ordering this! I loved your reading of the opening! When I’m done reading it (once I receive it, obviously) I, too will give my two cents’ worth on Good Reads!


  9. Brita Bevis
    March 18, 2016

    I’m sitting here in Spain, reading your wonderful tale, while wintering away from the UK… and wishing I was as brave as Jane, as I would love to move here to live. And I would have loved to have met Jane, too, she sounds amazing. And you tell her story so well. A great
    read. Many thanks!


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      March 19, 2016

      Hello Brita, so glad you enjoyed reading about Jane and thank you for writing to let me know. Spain sounds like a good place to spend an English winter, many years ago I spent six months in Sevilla and nine months in Madrid. A great country. Best wishes Deb


  10. sara
    April 18, 2016

    Thank you for writing this story. I’ll be reading your other books.


  11. Kirsy Newman
    May 16, 2020

    Hi Deb,
    I wanted to thankyou for writing this book. Jane was my great grandmother (my mèmè). She meant so much to me and reading this book helped me understand better who she was. I loved her very much and your book is an amazing way to remember her, so thankyou!
    Best wishes,
    Kirsty Newman


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      May 18, 2020

      Hello Kirsty, thank you for getting in touch, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading Jane’s story. I think it was the book I was meant to write. Someone found a copy in a second hand bookstore last week and wrote to me telling me how much they enjoyed it. Your meme was a remarkable woman, her spirit shone through everything she did. She was, and remains, an inspiration to many people.


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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