Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands ~ My Thoughts


The Promise of Provence

The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands
Series: Love in Provence #1

Print and e-book, 466 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing

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?

My thoughts about The Promise of Provence ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Stepping out the front door into a wash of cool autumn air, Katherine closed her eyes and inhaled its crispness. It doesn't get much better than this, she thought, walking briskly through the leafy neighborhood. Little did she know how this day would end."

Once again, another book by Patricia Sands has transported me to France. I love my little virtual vacations to this beautiful place.

Katherine's world is quickly turned upside down when she finds a note from her husband on their twenty-second anniversary. He wants out of a marriage that she thought was stable. How on earth is she supposed to go on?

Sort of on a whim, and with lots of nudging from her friends, she signs up for a home exchange in France as a way to move past the turmoil of divorce. She is immediately embraced by the people she meets in her new home-away-from-home. So many wise, thoughtful, and loving people cross her path.

As she takes this time to reflect on her life, she starts cleansing herself of the past and starts embracing the future. This place just feels so right to her. I instantly connected with Kat and found myself immediately wrapped up in her story and her life. I am so glad that Kat's story continues and I am ready to find out what happens next for her.

I love that the author is also a photographer. Her pictures allow us see the beauty that her characters are experiencing. It makes me feel more connected to the story and I feel like I'm there too.

'France just does that. It makes you fall in love... with everything.'

I received The Promise of Provence from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the author

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn't somewhere else, and calls the south of France her second home. She is the award-winning author of The Bridge Club and the best-selling Love in Provence trilogy. Her fifth novel, Drawing Lessons which is also set in the south of France, was released by Lake Union Publishing on October 1, 2017.

Find out more at Patricia’s Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author Page or her website. There are links to her books, social media, and a monthly newsletter that has special giveaways, photography from France, and sneak peeks at her next book. She loves hearing from readers.

Follow her on Instagram @patricialsands for fabulous photography. Her annual South of France calendar is available for order at, payable by Paypal or credit card.

Represented by Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency.

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  1. This sounds like a great story of a woman getting to know herself and figure out a new life for herself. Such a bonus to have pictures included as well! Great review!

  2. Thanks for this lovely review, Susan. I'm so glad you enjoyed going along on Kat's adventure.


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