June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves overlooked by ancient hilltop villages. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?
After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.
Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?
“Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel.” Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestseller Finding Emma
2013 USA Best Book Award ~ Finalist, Chick/Women’s Lit
2014 National Indie Excellence Award ~ Finalist, Literary Fiction
2015 eLit Book Award ~ Silver, Literary Fiction
2015 eLit Book Award ~ Gold, Travel – Essay
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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.Novels N Latte Book Blog
Looking at the cover of Patricia Sands’, 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.
C’est magnifique!! The Promise of Provence stole my heart…Shannon (Goodreads)
This novel is written with a passion for France, it’s people and it’s sights and flavours. I felt like I was actually travelling far and wide with Katherine, although I have never been to France. The poetic descriptions of the landscapes, the villages, the attractions and the cuisine were so romantic. In amongst this journey are some gritty relationship issues for some of the characters. A love affair with France. 5 out of 5 for me! I loved it!Dizzycs Little Book Blog
Great women’s storyMaggie (Amazon)
Let’s hear it for strong women. For women who, finding their lives unexpectedly shattered, can find themselves again and go on to even better lives of enjoyment. Being middle aged does not mean that your life is over nor that you won’t find new love when the old one disappears. This is a great feel-good book, and especially for those who’ve known loss and despair. It is not maudlin nor silly, but revitalizing and reconfirming. Well worth the read even if your life is perfectly happy and your relationships great. Loved it.
A very good book. I too have a bit of a love affair with France, and this book was a delightful indulgence.Alyssa (Goodreads)
One has to love a book that touches every emotion! I cried, I laughed and I got lost in all the descriptive Locations and felt like I was reading my own story. A great read!Jayne (Amazon)
I am left with a feeling of joy, contentment and happiness as each chapter of this book warmed my heart. A book of life, the challenges and rewards that follow, the characters became special to me and I yearn to read more of them.Sweettalk