Everything was going so well in Kat and Philippe’s life together. Then suddenly it wasn’t.
Roman ruins delayed the work on the Villa des Violettes. The Russian drug gang might be back in the neighbourhood. On top of that, Kat had worked herself into what Molly classified as a full blown “Christmas conundrum.” Kat wanted the holidays to work perfectly as she blended a Canadian Christmas with a Provençal Fête de Noêl for the first time in their new home. Now she’d lost her confidence and, with it, the holiday spirit.
Philippe hoped a weekend trip to the famous Christmas markets of Strasbourg would solve everything.
As it happened, things were about to get worse.
Patricia Sands FIRST NOEL AT THE VILLA DES VIOLETTES is the best kind of escapist fiction – a delightful story with a gorgeous south of France setting. This charming Christmas novella features Kat, Phillippe and other characters from her beloved Love in Provence series. Newly married Kat struggles with anxiety about her first Christmas in a new country, the renovation of her and Phillippe’s villa, as well as worries about previous troubles with the Russian mafia in the area that may be resurfacing. FIRST NOEL is a perfect blend of well-drawn characters, multi-faceted drama and gorgeously detailed descriptions of the food and character of this breathtaking part of the world. I highly recommend it as a great holiday read for any time of the year!Jane (Amazon)
The characters are completely fleshed out and lovable. The storyline perfection. If you have never visited France, so so through this book! The architecture and views are described in such detail, the smells so descriptive, you will be transported. I do enjoyed the language, I found myself reading aloud just to feel the !lovely role of the tongue and seductive sound of the language. Kat struggles with her first presentation of la fete du Noel. She wants to incorporate her Canadian, Hungarian history with French tradition. The food, described so lovingly, brought me back to my roots! Especially the fish dishes served by my family traditionally served on Christmas eve. Then to midnight mass. Then feasting again in Christmas day! I removed my youth through this Christmas novel! If course as we meet her friends, and deal with mystery, there are some anxious moments. But all is well in France and as the French say, ‘whatever will be, will be’. A glorious and happy Christmas novel! Thankyou Patricia Sands! A triumph!Leslie
Kat, Philippe and the gang from the Love in Provence series are back!Keith
This Christmas novella has twists and turns and heart-stopping moments that will keep you engrossed till the end. And the final scenes of a multicultural and blended-family Christmas will warm your heart.
Patricia Sands is a master at bringing the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of Provence to life in her books. As a reader you feel like you are with Kat and Philippe in the coastal city of Antibes where they live, with its narrow winding streets and charming markets and cafés. And the trip the two take north to Strasbourg, to visit the famous Christmas markets, paints a vivid picture of life in this beautiful Alsatian city.