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Friday, September 18, 2015

The Promise of Provence...Review

About the book:
On the evening of her twenty-second wedding anniversary, Katherine Price can’t wait to celebrate. But instead of receiving an anniversary card from her husband, she finds a note asking for a divorce.

Fifty-five and suddenly alone, Katherine begins the daunting task of starting over. She has her friends, her aging mother, and her career to occupy her, but the future seems to hold little promise—until, after a winter of heartbreak, Katherine is persuaded to try a home exchange holiday in the South of France.

In Provence, bright fields of flowers bloom below medieval hilltop villages with winding cobblestone streets. Charmed by the picturesque countryside, the breathtaking Côte d’Azur, and the enchantment-filled boulevards of Paris, Katherine feels life opening up once again. Lavender perfumes the air, and chance encounters hint at romance and passion. But memories of heartbreak and betrayal linger—and her former life waits for her back home. Can she find the courage to begin again?

When Katherine's husband asks for a divorce on their twenty-second anniversary, she is shell-shocked. At 55, she is being forced to start over. Not sure which direction to go, her cousin persuades her to try a home exchange. When an exchange takes her to Provence, Katherine discovers herself.

I adore books about mature heroines. Perhaps it's becoming aware of my own age and stage in life. I also adore France. The narrative here is wonderful. The story is descriptive, rich and meanders just like the lovely paths through the French countryside. I could imagine the tastes and smells of Provence. The people are fantastic, the friendships important and strong.

Kat's journey to self awareness is beautiful as she discovers her strengths and finds love, not only for the country, but a new romance.  I look forward to more of Katherine's story.

Moderate, unnecessary profanity.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Patricia Sands here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 9/15

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4/5 Stars

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