Sunday, November 25, 2018

The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands ~ My Thoughts


The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes

The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes by Patricia Sands
Kindle book, 206 pages
Published November 10th 2018


Everything was going so well in Kat and Philippe’s life together. Then suddenly it wasn’t.

Roman ruins delayed the work on the Villa des Violettes. The Russian drug gang might be back in the neighbourhood. On top of that, Kat had worked herself into what Molly classified as a full blown “Christmas conundrum.” Kat wanted the holidays to work perfectly as she blended a Canadian Christmas with a Provençal Fête de Noêl for the first time in their new home. Now she’d lost her confidence and, with it, the holiday spirit.

Philippe hoped a weekend trip to the famous Christmas markets of Strasbourg would solve everything.

As it happened, things were about to get worse.

My thoughts about The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes ~~

(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—"There are times when even the best novel can't keep your mind off a problem."

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.

I received a copy of The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes in exchange for my honest review. 

About the author

Bestselling author Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn't somewhere else, and calls the south of France her second home. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France. With a focus on travel, women’s issues and aging, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship.

Her award-winning 2010 debut novel, The Bridge Club, is a book-group favorite, and The Promise of Provence, which launched her three-part Love in Provence series (followed by Promises to Keep and I Promise You This), was a finalist for a 2013 USA Best Book Award and a 2014 National Indie Excellence Award, an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, and a 2015 nominee for a #RBRT Golden Rose award in the category of romance. Sands also contributes to such Francophile websites as The Good Life France and Perfectly Provence and appears as a public speaker for women's groups.

Her fifth novel, Drawing Lessons, 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. ~ Goodreads

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