The First Noel at the Villa des Violettes

The First Noel at the Villa des Violettes

by Patricia Sands

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BN ID: 2940161894507
Publisher: Patricia Sands
Publication date: 11/11/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 256,772
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Canadian author Patricia Sands writes award-winning women’s fiction. Her best-selling Love in Provence trilogy was drafted in the south of France, where she spends time each year. Drawing Lessons, her fifth novel, also set in France, was released by Lake Union Publishing in October, 2017. The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes is the first in a new trilogy of novellas. Patricia often meets with book clubs and women’s groups. She leads women’s tours to Provence and shares articles and photography on popular France-related websites and ezines. Her website has a sign-up link for her monthly newsletter that has book giveaways and sneak peeks at her next work. She loves to hear from readers.

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The First Noel at the Villa des Violettes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
rokinrev 7 days ago
Home is where my heart is had become her mantra. But from time to time she faltered a little. Transferring your life from one country to another wasn’t always the easiest thing, no matter how badly you wanted it.” The Villa des Violettes has finally gotten clearance to continue the work Kat and Philippe had to stop when Roman ruins were found in what was planned as parking on their property. And, as much as Kat loves Provence, the holiday season doesn’t seem as joyful as it might. She’s settled into their home, and even with the dogs and a cat that simply moved in, she’s not feeling all that celebratory. Her husband keeps telling her to get out of what her best friend Molly has dubbed:”the Christmas conundrum”. Whatever she does will be enough. It’s not that she’s unhappy. She just wonders if her first Joyeux Noël at the Villa, will actually be that. The jigsaw puzzle continues as we are surrounded with traditions from Provence, the Basque region, Strasbourg, Christkindelsmärik, history and beauty, all seen through the eyes of the artist in both Katherine AND Patricia Sands, both of who love France. However, there is also a fleeting look at contemporary issues troubling everyone these days. No wonder Katherine is not feeling the joy in this season. I cannot tell you how overjoyed I was to receive this advanced copy of Patricia Sands’ latest book. My old friends, the ones I met in her *Love in Provence* series are back as the work on their new “bed and breakfast”: Villa des Violettes, which is the first in a new series. However, this could be read as a stand alone as Sands does a great job “catching up” with Katherine and Philippe in their new/old home after marriage. As per usual, this author continues her promise of contemporary fiction with older people, a fine change from most authors who focus on young people and young couples. And I will persist in my high recommendation of her work. 5/5
CarolD59 8 days ago
The First Noel Villa des Violettes is a Christmas Novella with the characters from Patricia Sands Provence series. I have not yet read the Provence series and I was able to follow the story without any questions. Kat and Phillipe are spending their first Christmas/Noel in their home in the South of France. Kat is nervous about combining both her Canadian traditions with the traditions of Provençal Fête de Noêl. Patricia is a wonderful storyteller making you feel like you are in the South of France. The descriptions of the markets and the food had me salivating! The story has mystery, romance, friendships and celebrations. The First Noel was a wonderful read and I am looking forward to reading the Provence series.
TheBookBag 20 days ago
What a wonderful holiday story! There is so much to love about this book. First of all—that cover! Isn't it just amazing? Then the fact that it's a Christmas book will always put it at the top of my reading list. The First Noël transports the reader to France—during the holidays. How enchanting! I fell in love with Katherine when I read book one in the Provence series. When I saw that this book was coming out, I binge-read the other two books in the series so I could 'catch up' with the lives of Kat and Philippe. Everything should be perfect for this delightful couple as they embark on their new lives together but Kat struggles to find the Christmas spirit. She just wants to make this a memorable first Noël in their new home. The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes is filled with interesting characters, beautiful scenery, delicious foods, wonderful traditions, friendships, and lots of love. I loved every minute of it! Book Two in the Villa des Violettes series is coming May 2019! Whoo hoo! I can't wait.
lauriesophee 28 days ago
I wanted to take a holiday vacation! I opened the pages of this beautiful book and was flown to France to spend the Christmas season at the Villa Des Violattes with Kat, Phillippe, Rocco, Coco and their friends. The food, decorations and love was abounding. I went to town with Kat and peeked in the markets and cafe’s. The wonderful descriptions Patricia Sands put in to each page gave me the feeling that I was enjoying all of the different cheeses, dishes prepared, and of course, the champagne! I could smell the pine coming from the boughs. Everyone wants the “perfect” Christmas with old and new memories. Kat is no exception. She misses her home in Canada, the traditions and her parents, but wants to intertwine old and new customs into her new villa and family. Can she get over this fear that she won’t be able to fulfill her dream? There are many new friends to help Kat and Phillippe celebrate. One person in particular that I adore is an elderly, wise woman named Simone. She reminds Kat of her own mother. Simone has an insight that will be needed to help with an unexpected emergency . She hopes to make Kat understand that “Home is truly where the heart is”. This is just the sweetest story! You can’t help, but want to start decorating for your own holiday! Joyeux Noel!