September 11, 2015

Review: The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands

The Promise of Provence
Written by     Patricia Sands
Published      March 27th, 2013 by Lake Union publishing
Genre             Women's Fiction, Literature/ Fiction (Adult)  

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?

Vacationing in a picturesque countryside has been my dream for years, so I was easily attracted by the charming cover of this book. I always do that; I do not judge a book by the cover, but buy them, of course. This book also had an interesting description which sounded similar to one of my favorite movies, The Holiday(2006). The description and the Goodreads reviews assured me a good read and I am glad to find out that they were true to the core.

Katherine Price is heartbroken and clueless about her future when James leaves her for an another woman. She is striving to overcome the emotional trauma with the help of her Mother, Friends, and her Career. Can a Home Exchange Holiday in Provence, France help her to beat the odds of life and be happy again?

'The Promise of Provence' is truly an uplifting story. At first, it seemed to be a slow-paced, tedious one and I was confused whether to read it or not. But, gradually the story unfolded into a heartwarming and inspiring one and I was anxious to know what would happen in Katherin's life. This novel throws light into the aspect of mending the broken and weary heart of women dealing with bitter experiences in life. It was clearly visible that the author has done a deep observation before writing down this novel and I was touched to know that most of them were from her own or her friends experiences. 

The story of Katherine's Parents wartime trials is heart-rending, my eyes were welled up with tears. Patricia Sands has done a very good job at reproducing the beauty of Italy into the papers. The picturesque descriptions took me on an imaginary vacation to la France. Though, half of the story sounded like a travelogue, I enjoyed it and later ended up browsing for more details and images in Google. Another important detail is the beautiful friendship between Katherine and Molly. I liked how they supported each other in troubles and pursued to go forward in life and finally, I was delighted to read how Katherine found a new meaning in life and started to embrace the changes.

Overall, this is a pleasing book. Recommended if you love women-centered novels or if you love France. 

My Rating: 4/5
Happy Reading!

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