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French Essence: Ambience, Beauty, and Style in Provence Hardcover – November 11, 2010

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About the Author

Vicki Archer was raised in Sydney, Australia. Her first overseas trip at the age of ten sparked her passion for travel and adventure. In the last twenty years she has traveled extensively throughout France. Since 2000, she has lived in London and Provence with her husband and three children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avery (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670022274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having been to Provence may times, I was expecting to revisit my favorite place. Instead, this book is a 'ladies who lunch' frivolous interpretation of the beauty, guts and soul of Provence. Most of the numerous flower photos and still lifes could have been taken in a studio. The author's fawning over her decor and daughters or friends made me feel more like I was reading the society page. NO art or vision here. Save your money...even at half price! This is a big coffee table nothing !French Essence: Ambience, Beauty, and Style in Provence
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I purchased this book, thinking that there would be more about the surrounding villages and cities near the area the author resides in St. Remy-de-Provence. There is little text that is of interest. It is mostly about her love of collecting and her property," Le Mas." Some lovely photos, but not enough to warrant purchasing.
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I assumed from reading the previous reviews and several interior decorating blogs that this book would have some "AWESOME" interior photos of Mrs Archer's mas and varous others in the region including photos of daily village life, etc. I once again am reminded what the old saying is about "assuming". It IS a beautiful book, no doubt. But WHY is it listed under the subject of Interior Decorating?? It just didn't include the type of inspiring interior photos I was expecting and hoping for. So, am I glad I bought it? Yes, but . . . . . . . . . Would I recommend it to my friends? Perhaps, er.. maybe, but NOT if they are interested decorating in the French style. Should I buy her first book? Let me check to see how much a used, in good condition "My French Life" would cost me first.

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I was given this book as a gift by my husband, and I devoured it from beginning to end in an evening. The photos are superb, and the interior shots creative, clever and stylish. Upon first looking, I thought it was perhaps a photographic interiors book, but when I opened it up I realised I had the added bonus of a lovely, well written story. Vicki has a wonderful way with words, and the way she describes her love for France is reflected in the prose, and complemented by the pictures. A lot of thought has gone into this book, and it is all the better for it. Sincerely recommend, its a real treat.
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I was disappointed that there were not more descriptive articles about some of the towns around Provence. I would have loved to have known more!
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A knock-your-socks-off gorgeously vicarious view of a life lived stylishly amidst the olive groves on a luxe farm in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. If you dream of going to Southern France, this is the fastest route. So many dreamy photos to drool over and escape back to from quotidienne worries. Often it takes an Aussie to truely see and record France's innate beauty. Lushly produced and beautifully designed.
A great gift for those who adore France.
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The book is beautiful, photos are stunning. I have the first book also and I found that more interesting as a read. It would be nice to know a bit more about Vicki's family and what they get up to! Then I guess she would have to write a novel!
This book gives us a lovely overview of that part of France and certainly makes us want to visit there! Well worth the cost.
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