Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted...Review
“Every good love story has another love hiding within it.”
Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to the small village of Puyloubier in the south of France, where a crumbling stone house may be responsible for mending hearts since before World War II.
There, Charlotte confesses a shocking secret, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother’s “lost summer” when Heidi was a child. As three generations collide with one another, with the neighbor who seems to know all of their family skeletons, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, Heidi, Charlotte, and Abbot journey through love, loss, and healing amid the vineyards, warm winds and delicious food of Provence. Can the magic of the house heal Heidi’s heart, too?
I love the premise that a home or a place can have healing powers. Heidi's family home in Provence, France has always had the power to do just that. Heidi's mother escaped there one summer after a heartbreak and came back whole. Heidi's sister escaped to Provence with her boyfriend and came back engaged. When Heidi finds herself in Provence with her son and niece, she isn't so sure that the house will work its magic on her.
Bridget Asher captured a wonderful character in Heidi's voice. I could relate to her in so many ways. I enjoyed her way of flashbacking to her life with Henry. It was such a natural part of her voice and narrative. And, I adored Charlotte.
The setting is magical. The descriptions are lyrical. Family secrets, broken hearts, friendship, food and laughter make this a fantastic story.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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