Reviews, sales, gratitude …

Every book review is of value to an author and always appreciated. There are times when thoughts are expressed that go straight to an author’s heart. They provide inspiration and motivation … encouragement to keep writing.

Since all my books set in France are on sale for one more week (thank you, Amazon!), I wanted to share two recent reviews with you: one for The Promise of Provence and another for Drawing Lessons.

Thank you so much, Denise Birt of Novels & Latte Book Club for this first one.

The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands
As an avid reader, I have enjoyed so many wonderful books, in just this year alone…..but once in awhile a story comes too us that leaves such an impression that it becomes part of us. This is a story so rich and wonderful and a must read for any woman who feels she has seen and felt hurt, abandonment, a sense of not belonging – life’s sting of failed relationships, loss and her own restraints which hold her from moving forward.
Looking at the cover of Patricia Sand’s, The Promise of Provence, which is delightful in its own right, you might think it to be a cozy romance or even a sweet little story of sugarey-delight….but this story holds much more than you would expect.
Patricia writes of strength, new beginnings, new experiences, family and it’s history, strong friendships along with the insertion of the most beautifully described scenery and old-world charm that will make you actually feel it’s presence.
The writing is fluid and impeccably executed. The characters are written as real and believable.
I am not one to write reviews too include spoilers and with this particular story, I feel it imperative to hold true to that.
The Promise of Provence will make you feel and experience all emotions. It is smart, funny, sassy, sad, superbly researched and of course, a most gratifying and meaningful read. A scenic stroll through life itself.
I feel this story exudes the very meaning of being true to one’s self. It wasn’t just a book I read, it was an experience.
The Promise of Provence; Book one in the Love in Provence series
5 Stars ☕☕☕☕☕
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And the same gratitude to Lynn Olsson for this heartfelt review of Drawing Lessons.

‎Lynn Olsson‎ to Patricia Sands
October 19 at 6:05 PM ·
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Drawing Lessons from Patricia Sands and I thought I would share my thoughts with you on finishing the book. Usually I race through a book to get to the end. But with Drawing Lessons I found myself almost rationing the number of pages I read each night. I didn’t want the fun to end. This is a heartwarming story of a woman faced with the tragedy of living with her huband’s dementia and who finds a way back to reconnect with her own self. Before she was a wife and mother, she was an artist. And this is her journey in rediscovering the artist she thought she’d lost. A beautiful story. Treat yourself to this one.



THE PROMISE OF PROVENCE, PROMISES TO KEEP, I PROMISE YOU THIS ~ ebooks are $1.99   paperbacks are half price 🙂

DRAWING LESSONS ~ ebook $1.99   paperback $6.95


About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!


  1. martha paley fracescato says

    It is so wonderful to read such good revoews, which you richly deserve. May they keep coming!

    Happy for you, and many hugs, martha

  2. Martha Paley Francescato says

    Lovely, dear Pat. You deserve all the praise you receive … as a writer and as a caring and lovely woman. Thanks you for your friendship and for your books!

    Bisous and hugs, martha

  3. I couldn’t agree more with your reviewers. The Love in Provence series and Drawing Lessons were truly inspiring. Your descriptions of life and scenes in Provence are right in. Thank you, Patricia, for keeping love alive.

    • Patricia Sands says

      Thanks so much, Deborah. I draw inspiration from women like you who share my love of France and live it each day. <3

  4. I so agree with the review of Promise of Provence. A book I Loved as well as the next two in the series. Drawing Lessons is on my TBR list. I wonder if I will live long enough to read all the books I want to?

    • Patricia Sands says

      LOL ~ Darlene, I sometimes have a vision of an enormous tower of books suddenly toppling on top of me. Thank goodness for ebooks! Thanks also for your kind words.

  5. Aren’t those reviews nice? I got my first review already and my book just came out. It was 5 stars and glowing so I’m feeling pretty cocky this morning.

    Nice job to you. Keep up the good work.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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