The Promise Of Provence [NOOK Book]

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Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.

Fate has other plans.

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel ...
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The Promise Of Provence

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Overview

Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.

Fate has other plans.

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.

Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?

As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of Paris and savors the sun-kissed Côte d'Azur, she begins redefining the possibilities in her life.

An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.


"Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel." Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestseller Finding Emma
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Editorial Reviews

amazon.com - Nicole DeFalcis
The Promise of Provence helped me to escape without ever leaving. It was like a staycation. I cannot wait until the third book!
amazon.com - Herbert Cohen
Romance novel with several twists.
French flavor throughout made it enchanting!
Details about French towns and foods unique and noteworthy!
amazon.com - Dorothy Kissell
A truly delightful read!!!! Loved this story. Reading book No. 2 - presently. Where is book #3? I hope soonnnnnn !!! ;). <3
amazon.com - Judie Ocean
Struggling to deal with life's challenges newly single Katherine makes a brave choice. Where it leads is soul searching and beautiful. The descriptions of the scenery and food make me want to jump on a plane and head to Provence!!
amazon.com - Demetra Iliopoulos
The flowers, the vineyards, the castles, the wines, the cheeses, the hills,the beaches,the marketplaces, they are all beautifully and vividly described. I also liked the way the author portrayed Katherine realistically growing from feeling lonely and out of place to the newfound joy that takes her over as she begins to fit in, make friends and develops a love affair with Provence. While there is romance in the book, the main romance is the one that Katherine begins with Provence. The feeling is
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149362035
  • Publisher: Patricia Sands
  • Publication date: 3/2/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 474
  • Sales rank: 281,758
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. Toronto, Canada is home for me most of the time, Florida some of the time, and the south of France whenever possible. There are benefits to getting older!

Beginning with my first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, it seems I have told stories all of my life through photography. With our happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short.

Becoming an author in my ... gasp ... 60's ... (I'm too young to be this old!) was not on my agenda. But here I certainly am and writing is what I will continue to do. My debut novel, The Bridge Club, was published through iUniverse in August 2010 and my second novel, The Promise Of Provence, was released in April, 2013. Readers are asking when the next book will be out so I'm back at the drawing board!

My stories celebrate the rewarding friendships and bonds women share and examine the challenges life often throws in our paths.

One of the great pleasures of being published is being asked to speak with women's groups on the subjects of writing and self-publishing as well as the importance of valuing our personal stories. At other events (as one half of Sommers & Sands) along with my speaking partner, author Susan Sommers, through keynotes, workshops and conferences, audiences are encouraged to embrace change and see challenges as opportunities.

I live by the philosophy that it's never too late to begin something new, to seize each day and be a possibilitarian! As the saying goes, just do it!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    When I read the synopsis of The Promise of Provence, I thought I

    When I read the synopsis of The Promise of Provence, I thought I would pass on this one. When Patricia Sands asked me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing it myself, I answered, maybe not, because this sounds like too much of a romance to me, and because this is not a familiar genre to me, and I usually do not like too much books focusing on women. I may give you a bad review – just because I don’t know too well how to read and evaluate correctly this genre.

    Patricia said, well here is one free copy for you anyway, do whatever you want with it. As I received this volume, thicker than I expected and with an irresistible cover, I thought, well, I have the book, let’s give it a shot. Plus it is on Provence, which I love I had to admit- who does not, except on Mistral days? – the Mistral is a wind that can be quite violent and cold in Provence. I had a tough experience of it last year.

    So I opened the book, and by page 5, no Marseille exaggeration here [Marseille is the French Texas of Provence - their inhabitants are renowned, all over France, to exaggerate everything], so by page 5, I was TOTALLY hooked and I kept reading and devoured the book in about 2 days.

    Kat (Katherine) lives in Canada. She is 55, has been married for many years, but on their wedding anniversary, her husband introduces a totally unexpected “bomb” in her life. That’s the setting at the opening of the book, and this is masterly written. Kat has to reevaluate all her life and relationships. She feels totally destroyed and needs to relearn how to live strong and happy. To make things worse, she will also have to face sickness and death in her family and major changes in her work life as well.

    She is going to try to relearn life thanks to a few very close and true friends. They especially encourage her to change her environment through a home exchange with a family in Provence. There, she discovers new people, and animals!, calming nature, and a more peaceful pace of life that will help her stand on her two feet again, especially thanks to a second longer home exchange, still in Provence.

    This sounds flat, and I knew writing this book review would be a challenge. But believe me, nothing is flat in this novel: yes there is romance, yes it’s a lot about strong women friendship, but it is analyzed in a very deep way, with strong, very different, and well defined characters. There’s a lot going on, including WWII history elements (in Hungary, another country very dear to my heart!)

    I really enjoyed seeing how Kat evolved innerly as a reaction to her exterior environment and the new people she met.
    I loved all the local references to culture, music (for instance a young French singer who sings like Edith Piaf – I will let you read the book to discover her!), history, to restaurants, marketplaces, and hikes and bike routes in the countryside. I actually went to double check if some of these restaurants did exist, and they do. So as a plus you can find in the book lots of recommendations where to eat and even what to order if you ever go yourself in that part of the world!

    In a word, this is the perfect book to read this summer, so inspiring and rejuvenating. If you are familiar with my book reviews, you know by now I can be very picky; trust me, this is a very good book, it’s well worth your time and money. It might even give you the desire to try a home exchange for yourself, and honestly, what better place to start with than Provence?
    Words And Peace

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    C'est magnifique!!   The Promise of Provence stole my heart¿ K



    C'est magnifique!!  
    The Promise of Provence stole my heart… Katherine was such a wonderfully human and understandable character.  I related to her
    immediately and through her story that unfolded within the pages of The Promise of Provence I was reminded of so many
    important lessons learned in my own life.   

    As I read The Promise of Provence I was reminded of Eat, Pray, Love.  Let me admit first that I have yet to read Eat, Pray, Love (though
    I own it and intend to do so).  I have only caught the film adaptation during a transatlantic flight.  That being said I am not making any
    comparison of the authors or the novels, but just the essence of the story… to live life as if each day is your last, to savor the present and
    relish the moment.  I remember when I saw the film of Eat, Pray, Love it was just that which stuck with me and I appreciated the film
    simply as a reminder that just when you feel you have reached the end of the book of your life you realize that the best chapter has yet
    to be written, to live in hope.  It is such an important mantra to remember and one that is so easily forgotten.  

    I enjoyed every page of Patricia Sands’ The Promise of Provence for its rich detail of the landscape, architecture, history and
    especially the food of the Provence region of France.  If you have ever visited or wish to visit this magical spot Sands manages to truly
    capture the essence of Provence in this novel.  I will warn you also that reading The Promise of Provence will make you crave brie with
    baguette so please do yourself a favor and have these on hand before beginning the novel.  Oh, and a bottle of your favorite French
    wine as well certainly wouldn’t hurt! 

    I loved the “extra” the author included in her epilogue so make sure to read the novel to the end… I look forward to hearing from
    Katherine in October!  I encourage you all to read The Promise of Provence for a beautiful reminder of an ancient idem:

    Carpe diem, quam minimum posterior credulous!
    Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in tomorrow!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I read this excellent novel a while ago and just happened to see

    I read this excellent novel a while ago and just happened to see the listing here on B&amp;N. It is a fast-paced, well-crafted story that has 4 and 5-star reviews everywhere else so I was shocked to see the rating here. If you like good women's fiction with the added bonus of feeling like you have enjoyed a wonderful visit to the south of France, you will love this story. AvidAlexReader49

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Patricia Sands writes knowledgeably about Toronto and surroundi


    Patricia Sands writes knowledgeably about Toronto and surrounding area of St Jacobs, home territory of our MC, as well as her travels to Provence, France. Descriptions have piqued my interest in both the area of France and the home exchange program that brought the book's protagonist to discover same.

    Secondary characters and subplots in abundance for this 450 page contemporary women's first in a series of fiction novels. It makes for a lengthy summer read. Dealing with several serious topics - divorce, job loss, aging, familial relationships, holocaust, romantic relationships both flings and established. We follow our protagonist in her life journey from the moment of discovering her husband's disclosure of infidelity through its aftermath in Catherine's life. Realistic reactions and actions of characters keep the story authentic.

    In reading this novel, I continued to feel I was reading about our MC without ever becoming connected with her. Emotions didn't impact me at any level other than surface with some situations leaving me feeling she was quite cold. Such as her refusal in contacting her extremely generous home exchange neighbour who welcomed and befriended her throughout her first Provence experience, with her surprise upcoming 2nd homestay. It left me bewildered without any explanation for this neglect. It also left me wondering at the depth of romantic interest paid her by the local Frenchman following her snub in not contacting him about her anticipated return to France, neither her arrival once there. These actions didn't endear her to me and left me questioning the accolades paid her by the love interests she meets.

    The book is contemporary in thought and action, with language to match, which I must address for anyone considering the book. I am not always aware of these details prior to receiving a book for review. Hopefully this alerts you to possible concerns and considerations for your own reading choice regarding The Promise of Provence.


    *I received an ecopy of the book via France Book Tours for reading and reviewing for the upcoming July book tour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    I wanted to like this book more than I did.  I was never fully e

    I wanted to like this book more than I did.  I was never fully engaged with the story.  The side story that was included was more of a distraction for me and I never fully understood what it had to do with the story.  The story seemed a little disjointed and was not easy for me to read.




    I never really connected with Katherine.  I felt like she never really allowed me to know her and that made it difficult to understand her.  There were moments in the book where I thought there might be a breakthrough but it never really happened for me.




    Perhaps I was not the right audience for this book.  I didn’t dislike it and was able to finish reading it.  It was not a bad book just not fully enjoyable for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Loved it!

    Having recently returned from a fabulous trip to Provence, the title and topic of this book grabbed me and made me want to read it! I loved reading not only about the places I had visited but about those I missed, plus loved learning so much history and culture along the way. It makes me want to go back and for those who haven't been, I think it will make you fall in love with the country through the pages. While the main character, Katherine, experiences some devastating times in the beginning of the book her subsequent trips to France prove to be life changing in many, many ways. I particularly liked the closeness Katherine had with her girlfriends and how they saw each other through each others' life experiences, both good and bad. For me this was a feel good story with so much to learn, both about life and about France and French customs. There are two great messages that underscore the entire theme of the book: "each day is a gift" and "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"....words we would all do well to remember!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    A story with promise

    As much as I enjoyed the story, I found the writing a bit choppy. Nevertheless, the characters were well presented and descriptions of the locations made this book worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Swept up in the lovely local descriptions of the vineyards, the

    Swept up in the lovely local descriptions of the vineyards, the food and wine, the market places and the flowers, The Promise of Provence transported me to one of my favourite places in France. Katherine’s journey from loss and grief to her happiness as she falls in love again, with Provence, kept me turning the pages and evoked every emotion. If Provence is not already on your travel list, it certainly will be after this most enjoyable read!

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  • Posted August 23, 2014

    Too much travel info. If I wanted to read a Fodor's Guide to Fr

    Too much travel info. If I wanted to read a Fodor's Guide to France, that's what I would have bought. This has a nice story line, but too much time and too many pages were spent on describing EVERYTHING in France. I get it that the author loves France, but I got tired of hearing how everything is better in France - the cheese, the wine, the bread, the culture, the people, the double cheek kisses (bises), the history, the buildings, the beaches, the sky, on and on ad nauseum. At least a third of the book was all of this kind of detail that was boring and tedious. I almost stopped reading it, but I managed to finish it. Too bad I don't feel like it was worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

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