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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    C'mon, this book is really just okay....

    This book is charming, but honestly, not very well written. Of course, it is also written by a woman whose first language is French. The book portrayed the author as an American stumbling upon a lovely village in the south of France, but in reality, she was raised in France and is a transplant to the U.S. I did find the adventures entertaining and the region enchanting, but had a difficult time getting past the amateur writing that seemed clumsy and clunky at times. Nonetheless, for an enjoyable light read, this book is a fair choice. It is the type of book that requires little concentration and still offers a relaxing respite from the challenges of daily life. Sadly, it does feel like it was the author's copycat attempt at emulating Peter Mayle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2001

    Enchanting, charming

    The book, a collection of short stories from Lenard's stays in Provence, is superbly written. Each narrative is a polished gem that exquisitely reveals the personalities and lives of the Provencals. A nice addition: recipes and wine tips at the end of each story -- ties in well and provides culinary motivation along with a vicarious sense of 'being there.' Best enjoyed sitting in front of a toasty fire with a nice bordeaux (winter) or in the garden with some chardonnay (summer).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    authentic cultural experiences

    I absolutely loved this book. I am a French teacher who often travels with high school students to France for tourism and language immersion, and felt at every page, as if I were in Provence. Short chapters, a captivating story within a story, and an authentic recipe at the end of each chapter. I plan on purchasing extra copies to give away at my students' graduations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    Magic of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France

    What a great pleasure , from laughter to tears, to read The Magic of Provence! I feel as though I know both the author and her husband as good friends. My compliments for a delightful mental trip to France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2001

    Magic of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France

    The stories create a lively, colorful, inspired mosaic. While some are enticing, others deeply moving, the rest is quite humorous, and all are imbued with a simple, profound authenticity. As for the style, I find it vibrant with a controlled harmony and nevertheless, full of verve. I feel it belongs among the palettes of the true artists of the Luberon region.

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