The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

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by Bridget Asher
     
 

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Still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with her young, obsessive-compulsive son and her intolerably jaded teenage niece to spend the summer in the south of France. As three generations collide, they'll journey through love, loss, and healing.See more details below

Overview

Still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with her young, obsessive-compulsive son and her intolerably jaded teenage niece to spend the summer in the south of France. As three generations collide, they'll journey through love, loss, and healing.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fans of Under the Tuscan Sun will adore this impossibly romantic read."—People magazine

“Unabashedly romantic and unafraid of melancholy, Asher’s book is a real charmer about a Provencal house that casts spells over the lovelorn.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
"Readers who enjoy...Lolly Winston’s Good Grief and Jane Green’s The Beach House or travel-induced transformation books like Frances Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love will find common themes in Asher’s engaging third novel...and become quickly invested in the lives of the deftly drawn characters."—Library Journal

"A beautiful, tender book about love and loss that will touch your heart...Verdict: five-star weepie."—Herald Sun (AU)

"Like a dip in a cool pool, Bridget Asher’s The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is a refreshing escape."—Campus Circle

“An enchantment of a book, woven out of Bridget Asher’s tenderness toward her characters, her love of the French countryside, and a gentle faith in possibilities. It held me spellbound from the first word to the last, when I put it aside with a sigh of both regret and deepest satisfaction….I madly, madly, madly loved this book!
—BARBARA O’NEAL, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted will have you canceling dinner plans, staying up all hours and flat-out ignoring your family, just so you can keep reading...An absorbing, beautifully written tale about life, death, love, food, and the magic of new possibilities.”
—J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN, author of Commencement and Maine

"[A] great read...This book was difficult to put down."—The Pilot (NC)

"Will touch readers long after the last page is read. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted would make an excellent book discussion pick or a perfect choice for a book to read during spring break."—Rundpinne

"I found myself racing through this novel, gulping it down and immersing myself in its comforting words. Julianna Baggott writes from the heart. Her prose is deeply felt and honest. I loved her descriptions of the French countryside, her understanding of her characters, and the way she was able to merge the stories of multiple characters into a cohesive and compelling novel."—Caribousmom

"An amazing story...The characters drew me into a world of love, tenderness and melancholy in such a way that when I finished the story, I kept looking for more...I don’t think that I will ever think about life, love and one’s heritage the same way again."—Night Owl Reviews

"Perfect for curling up with on a rainy night or savoring with a cup of tea beside you."—Northside (Australia)

"A thoroughly delightful, emotionally satisfying story...[Asher] skillfully evokes the emotions her characters are feeling in her readers...[including] quite possibly one of the most romantic scenes ever committed to the printed page...The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted gets my highest recommendation. It is easily one of the best books I have read so far in 2011."—Colloquium

"Love and its sweet secrets bloom gloriously in The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. Bridget Asher offers up a sumptuous exploration of how grief, love, and joy, when stirred just right, ferry us home to the people and places we most cherish. Asher’s novel brims with wisdom and laughter, teaching us anew that hope resides in unexpected places: a charred box of beloved recipes, a troubled child’s earthy wisdom, an ailing house in need of an artful hand, a mother who listens to a silent mountain, and a kiss that unlocks the puzzle of what forever truly means.”
—CONNIE MAY FOWLER, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and Before Women Had Wings

“I enjoyed The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted so much—it's well written, beautifully characterized, extremely atmospheric and at times very touching—an enchanting and compelling tale.
—ISABEL WOLFF, author of A Vintage Affair

"Bridget Asher has exceeded [Peter Mayle and Frances Mayes]...Blend[s] true romance with...astute observation."—Free Lance-Star

"A story full of hope, promise, and the love one feels for someone even after they are gone. It’s about families finding each other, about secrets being told, and about coming home again...A tender-hearted love story."—Lori's Reading Corner

"Home, hearth and heartbreak are the keynotes of Asher's latest. She delicately weaves a tale of love and loss with undying devotion to family and the secrets they keep...Beautiful."—Romantic Times

"Quickly has you saying ooh la la...perfect for that beach read."—Ellen Firer, director, Merrick Library

"Every now and again, a book just grabs you and won’t let go. You pop open the cover and start to read, getting more excited with each written word. And you can’t stop reading. (Not for anything! Not even reality TV—or anyone—even the husbands.) Which is exactly what happened when we read The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. It's the perfect blend of romance, humor and love."—Chick Lit is Not Dead

"A tearjerker of a novel for both foodies and fans of tightly knit family stories."—Booklist

"Charming and full of hope. For me, this novel is what I class a comfort read. I started it and was immediately taken by the story and just couldn't put it down."—Peeking Between the Pages

"An easy and enjoyable read, perfect for those dreary winter days when scenes of a Provencal summer are most welcome."—Indaily

"Engaging and hard to resist...If you like stories about characters that change and triumph with flawed but ultimately strong female characters, this is for you!"—Fresh Fiction

"The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is a charming and sweet novel, full of wonderful characters and an amazing setting. It’s perfect escapist fare, great for a quiet and cozy afternoon when a reader wants to be transported to somewhere else entirely." —S. Krishna's Books

Library Journal
After nearly two years of mourning her late husband, Heidi is still unable to function, and her eight-year-old son, Abbott, has become a germ-phobic obsessive-compulsive. Heidi's mother and her sister, Elysius, devise a plan they hope will help Heidi move on with her life as well as rid Elysius of her problem teenage stepdaughter for a few weeks—Heidi, Abbott, and Charlotte must travel to the French countryside to care for the family's old house. Things do not go well for the trio, as their belongings are stolen before they can make it to the house. Enter Julien, the handsome Frenchman whom Heidi has known since her childhood summer vacations in France; he is also suffering a heartbreak owing to the recent breakup of his marriage—and it starts to look like things might get better for Heidi. But not before Charlotte is revealed to be pregnant, and her eccentric baby daddy shows up unannounced. VERDICT Readers who enjoy widow lit like Lolly Winston's Good Grief and Jane Green's The Beach House or travel-induced transformation books like Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love will find common themes in Asher's (pen name of Julianna Baggott) engaging third novel after My Husband's Sweethearts and The Pretend Wife and become quickly invested in the lives of the deftly drawn characters. [Library marketing.]—Karen Core, Detroit P.L.
Kirkus Reviews

In an affecting story about loss, a young widow goes to Provence to renovate her family's home—and hopefully fix her heart.

Young Heidi begins her story with a simple statement: "Grief is a love story told backward." Heidi's life with eight-year-old son Abbot has become a memory game to keep her husband Henry alive, and to keep real life—that is a world in which Henry no longer exists—at bay. He died in a car accident a few years ago, and since then Abbot has developed obsessive-compulsive tics and Heidi has all but given up, handing over her bakery to an assistant. Henry and Heidi's bittersweet story unfolds as Heidi is forced into action, even if it's only for a few weeks in the summer. There is a house in Provence that has belonged to Heidi's family for generations—a house that is steeped in stories of romance and coincidence. Heidi and her older sister Elysius spent childhood summers there with their mother. Now a fire has gutted the kitchen and it has been decided that for her own good, Heidi should fix it. She packs up Abbot, Elysius' 16-year-old step-daughter Charlotte, and enough Henry memories to last six weeks. Heidi, Abbot and Charlotte develop a lazy routine and soon Abbot is washing his hands less, Charlotte scowls less, and Heidi is allowing memories of Henry to rest a little. Next to their house is the home of longtime family friend Véronique and her visiting wayward son Julien (Heidi remembers him as a wayward child too). Just as Heidi is beginning to step into the sunshine, Charlotte's boyfriend arrives and announces they're pregnant, Abbot runs away as he spies the budding affection between Heidi and Julien, and Heidi's mother and sister fly over to straighten everybody out.

Unabashedly romantic and unafraid of melancholy, Asher's book is a real charmer about a Provencal house that casts spells over the lovelorn.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441785909
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
10
Sales rank:
1,471,338
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author

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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