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The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted: A Novel

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted: A Novel

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by Bridget Asher

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“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


“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?

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Bridget Asher is the author of My Husband's Sweethearts and The Pretend Wife. She lives on the Florida panhandle but is always happy to do research in Provence.

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The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An elegant writer with good play of words a well as a story that comes full circle as a young widow moves through grieving and ultimately learns to lean on family and discover hidden strengths. I couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters. Well developed story.
AT_STL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was somewhat predictable, but the images presented keep you enthralled...the food, the scenes, the relationships. It started slow for me, so hang in there.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
In the wake of her husband's death, Heidi and her 8 yr old son Abbot are lost. Struggling to get through an ordinary day, the offer of a change of scenery seems like just what they need. Heidi's mother quickly arranges for them to spend the summer in Provence, fixing up an old family home, and for them to take the inconvenient stepchild, 16 yr old Charlotte with them. It becomes a summer of healing where secrets past and present are revealed and all three of the travelers discover hidden sources of strength. A nice story with a lovely setting and some delicious food descriptions. Provence Cure strays into the predictible a bit too often to be a great story and the characters were all a little bland. Still, its hard to object too much to the gorgeous French countryside, handsome and heartbroken Frenchmen, and plucky heroines finding their own voices. The audio version is narrated by Kate Reading. Kate Reading! That's reason enough to give it a try. Her precise, clipped, and somehow dreamy reading give Heidi's grief and confusion the perfect expression.
gaylelin More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book that reminds me of Under the Tuscan Sun because a house is an important character. In this book, the house appears to be enchanted. Love happens there. This writer writes bereavement as though she has been there. A young widow goes back to the house in Provence where she spent her summers as a child. She's accompanied by her young son who has become obsessive/compulsive since his dad's death, and her sister's teenage step-daughter who has major issues of her own. The house seems to work its magic once again and you don't want to miss watching it unfold.
ILgirl07 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Bridget Asher's other books and enjoyed this one as well. Loved the beautiful descriptions of the French countryside and the family togetherness this book evoked. Love will set you free if you let it. Good summer read.
jpeb More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book while I was reading it but by the end was finding it all a little to soap opera when I previously found it kind of modern day Jane Austen..ish. Heidi was just a little too wonderful and extremely self involved. Of course the whole story is about her but its really all about her at all times. She suffers the loss, her mothers story revolves around her, she finds love again so easily, and her niece prefers her to her sister. I also didn't care for the comment about America having made so many mistakes but not the wonderful French! Even the robbery was not committed by french folk but German tourists. Heidi never seems to really acknowledge what a privileged life she has lead to have the unbelievable support of a family that has given her all of this time to continue to live her life of grief and self absorption. Well written, just not sure I like Heidi so much now that I've finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel has been compared to Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir that I absolutely hated. Thankfully for The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, this novel was everything that Eat, Pray, Love wasn't. It had characters that I cared about and a plot that actually moved. By the end of the book I wasn't happy it was over; I was sad there weren't more pages to read. Two years after her husbands tragic death, Heidi is still struggling to come to terms with it. Then, when her family's home in southern France is damaged in a kitchen fire, her mother convinces her to take her young son and jaded-with-life niece to France to begin repairs and renovations. There Heidi will learn more about herself and her relationship with her deceased husband, her son will grow, and her niece will harbor a life-changing secret that will bring the family together in a way they've never been together before. Heidi's character was not selfish. It would only be natural for her to take on a sense of "woe is me" because her husband was gone, but she was also focused on her son, whom she loved with all her heart. The characters in this novel are real, believable and deep. The scenery is gorgeous and themes throughout the novel are woven together. It was complex and beautiful.
StephanieCowell More than 1 year ago
What a tender and enchanting novel, simply full of love! Heidi is still mourning the tragic death of her adored husband in a car crash two years before; she thinks she sees him everywhere, but it is never him. Heidi's seven-year-old son also has never stopped missing his father. There is, however, an old house in Provence in southern France which had been in the family for generations and which supposedly can create emotional healing and bring love to those who care for it and live within its walls. Heidi's mother sends her and the boy there, along with her sister's recalcitrant adolescent stepdaughter. In spite of an inauspicious beginning, Heidi does find an enchantment in the house nestled against the mountains which subtly begins to bring new life to all of them. To Heidi it brings something very special for she finds that the little boy next door with whom she played as a child is now a sensitive, caring and handsome man with his own losses in need of healing. THE PROVENCE CURE FOR THE BROKENHEARTED is beautifully and wisely written, wrapping its handful of characters in such love that surely the restorative and joyful qualities of the house with all its legends will reach out from the page and also draw the reader lovingly inside. The novel is dedicated to the reader. It is really a gift to anyone who finds herself within its pages. I am the author of CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Henry died two years ago in a car accident. His wife Heidi has failed to move on as she lives for his memory and to keep germy reality away from touching her and their eight years old son Abbott. She even stopped making her bakery a success. Heidi's mother and her sister Elysius are worried about Heidi and what her grief is doing to Abbott. They decide that Heidi and Abbot accompanied by Elysius' troubled teenage stepdaughter Charlotte will go to the family house in rustic Puyloubier in Provence, France to oversee the fixing up of the kitchen ruined by a fire. Although they object, the trio heads to the estate only to lose all their belongings. However when Julien, whose marriage has just ended, and Heidi meet for the first since they were children, they are attracted to each other. However, their mutual desire leads to Abbott running away, sixteen years old Charlotte announcing she is pregnant, and what happened the summer mom ran away to Provence. This is an entertaining family melodrama starring a wonderful protagonist who wants to be left alone in her wallowing and a strong cast who either share in her miserable outlook or foster an intervention on her. Melancholy and nostalgic, fans will agree with mom that the house in Puyloubier possesses the "logical cure for the brokenhearted." Harriet Klausner
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mjmutch More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed everything about this book, was sorry when it was over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sort of generational love story. Widowed too soon,Heidi and her son travel to Provence to oversee the repairs of her family homestead. She learns to "practice joy" and in doing so begins to listen to herself over the clamouring ache of loss. A well written book and a few Provencial recipies are a great addition at the end
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