The Promise of Provence

The Promise of Provence

by Patricia Sands

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The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands

On the evening of her twenty-second wedding anniversary, Katherine Price can’t wait to celebrate. But instead of receiving an anniversary card from her husband, she finds a note asking for a divorce.

Fifty-five and suddenly alone, Katherine begins the daunting task of starting over. She has her friends, her aging mother, and her career to occupy her, but the future seems to hold little promise—until, after a winter of heartbreak, Katherine is persuaded to try a home exchange holiday in the South of France.

In Provence, bright fields of flowers bloom below medieval hilltop villages with winding cobblestone streets. Charmed by the picturesque countryside, the breathtaking Côte d’Azur, and the enchantment-filled boulevards of Paris, Katherine feels life opening up once again. Lavender perfumes the air, and chance encounters hint at romance and passion. But memories of heartbreak and betrayal linger—and her former life waits for her back home. Can she find the courage to begin again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503945647
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Love in Provence Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 667,789
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere, particularly the South of France. Her award-winning debut novel, The Bridge Club, was published in 2010, and her second novel, The Promise of Provence, was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, a USA Best Book 2013 finalist, and a 2013 finalist in Literary Fiction at the National Indie Excellence Awards. Celebrating the rewarding friendships and bonds women share, her stories examine the challenges life often throws in our paths. Book clubs and readers are welcome to visit her online at www.patriciasandsauthor.com.

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The Promise of Provence 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this excellent novel a while ago and just happened to see the listing here on B&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
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
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.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
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.
Valerie Bargewwll More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, the best book I have read in a long time. I don't say that very often. Before I read this book I had never read a Patricia Sands book. I was given a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. I was totally engrossed in this book right from the beginning. I loved it. I laughed hysterically in some parts, and I cried in others. As the story unfolds, and I learn what's happening in Katherine's life, I come to understand her. I understand why she reacts to her circumstances, by doing certain things. The struggles Katherine goes through take her from being a totally dependant and manipulated woman, to a new, self reliant, confident woman. Katherine goes from a life, where she experiences profound sadness to overwhelming joy. I have never read such a wonderful descriptive story of how a woman can, and will, change so much, if she's given the opportunity to do so. Katherine's new life takes her on a wonderful journey, and a future filled with joys and possibilities, beyond her wildest imagination. Her journey takes her to a land she's yearned to go back to for 22 years, a place she had been to in her youth. Wait till you read the vivid description of this country she visits. The depths Patricia Sands goes to, to make us feel like we're there, instead of just reading about it, are unbelievable. You're going to imagine you can see the countryside in your minds eye. So, ladies, find a comfortable chair, and get ready to experience Katherine's journey. I look forward to continuing this journey, with Katherine, by reading the other two books in this series. Oh, and I suggest you start reading on your days off, because you're not going to be able to put it down once you start it. Valerie Bargewell
AnnieMcDonnell More than 1 year ago
Patricia Sands delivers a very satisfying tale of love, friendship, family and travel. All of the bonds that can make or break us…and, the possibility of other relationships that arrive when others have departed. Traveling through Provence, France we are taken on quite a journey with Katherine…and, everyone we meet along the way paints her world vibrant colors…and, some that make her stronger because of their not-so-kind character. Katherine arrives home from work, excited to celebrate her 22 year anniversary with her husband James. He leaves her the traditional bouquet of flowers, with an “I am leaving you” note attached!! The gal!! He is in love with someone else, and they are having a baby. She is punched in the gut!! She did not see this coming…what did she miss??? Were there signs?? Katherine moves in with her ailing Mother, and begins life again as a single woman. Unsure if she would ever have a partner in life again. She doubts it. I believe she actually Declare she will never fall in love again. But, in the process of being alone, she is learning more about herself. More about the importance of her female bonds and friendships. I loved her friend, Molly. She curses a lot, but…she needs an outlet. I bet you will love her, too. Patricia Sands introduces us to a lot of the history from WWII between Katherine’s family leaving Hungary behind, and then Katherine meeting up with people in Provence, France…that share in the same history timetable. I love how delicately she spoke of these awful times. She gave these people a much deserved voice. It gave this book a deeper level for me…It made the characters much more developed. We are taken on Katherine’s journey through Toronto for about 8 months after the “I am leaving you” anniversary note…and, then, her time in France. OH, the fun begins. I feel in love with both countries. Toronto, Canada seems like a beautiful place that I should visit. But, PROVENCE!! OH!! I MUST GO!! I want to see all that Patricia Sands describes in this story. She makes you savor the food...even though you cannot see or smell it, you think you are. A Baguette is something I am craving. I want olives, and pate, and pains of any sort, wine, croissants…I love how one of the people she meets in Provence (Mirabelle) says that to them “Food is Religion”…it should be that way everywhere. I am now longing for a large feast with all of my friends and family around. What fun that would be! Katherine’s journey is one that needs to be read, and savored. Every word is beautiful…Every relationship has a story. I was totally thinking about “Under the Tuscan Sun” and, “Eat, Pray, Love” as I read this book. It definitely stood alone...but, I loved the magic in those books, and Patricia Sands certainly delivers that here. I put this book down with lots of places to google (to learn more), mantra’s to remember, quotes to love and awaiting part 2 to this Love in Provence Series. I cannot wait. Fantastique!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. Iloved the warmth of Anyu and Katski. I cried. Iraged against the actions of the exhusband husband's behavior. I look forward to more stories about Provence and rge French riviera.
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NonniD More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
alc1967 More than 1 year ago
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.