One of Today’s Tour Stops for The Promise of Provenceby Canadian author, Patricia Sands
Todaywe have the vicarious pleasure of enjoying the gifts of Provenceprovided through Patricia Sands’ storytelling…
“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.*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 savours 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.” ~ Goodreads*~~~~~~ * ~~~~~~My thoughts?Patricia writes knowledgeably about Toronto, Canada, 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 travel in France and the home exchange program that brought the book’s protagonist to discover its joys.Informative descriptives of France’s foods, locales, markets, and practices, all serve up a warm and inviting picture of the land and its people.*
Secondary characters and subplots in abundance for this 450 page contemporary women’s first in a series of fiction novels. It provides a requisite lengthy summer read. Dealing with a continuum of several weighty topics – divorce, job loss, aging, familial relationships, romantic relationships [both flings and established]. *A fascinating personal WWII story adds intrigue and adventure as it solves some previous unknowns, relative to Katherine’s heritage. *We follow Katherine in her life journey from the moment of discovering her husband’s disclosure of infidelity through its aftermath in Katherine’s life. Reactions and actions of characters keep the story realistic. Katherine’s introduction to overseas home exchange brings a note of excitement to lighten the weighty discussions dealt with to this point of the story.
*The book is contemporary in thought and action, with language to match, which I must address to honestly inform anyone considering the book. Hopefully this informs readers personal choices regarding The Promise of Provence.
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*Thank you, Patricia, for being our guest today and sharing your thoughts and yourself with us through your writing. It’s been a pleasure to get to know the woman behind the story.
I received an ecopy with appreciation to Patricia and France
Book Tours for reading and review for today’s book tour.*