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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Patricia Sands; 1st edition (March 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991931319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991931316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere with her camera, computer and a stash of chocolate.

Customer Reviews

The author makes me want to jump on a plane to visit Provence and the Southern portions of France.
Barbara L. Bates
Really enjoyed the writing, the story and the beautiful descriptions and pictures that the author painted with her words.
Cathy Thompson
I found this book to be well written, with an interesting plot, and very good character development.
TGD

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paulita on May 12, 2013
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I can't promise this novel with satisfy your longing for France. In fact, I'd have to say that it made mine worse. The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands is strongest when it takes the reader throughout Provence -- the cliff villages, the coastal towns, the vineyards. It definitely made me yearn to return.
The novel begins in Toronto with Katherine's 22nd wedding anniversary. She arrives home to learn her husband has left her for another woman. Katherine's journey through pain and loss isn't over though. Some might call this novel a romance, but I prefer to think of it as a novel about a woman's independence.
Katherine decides to exchange homes with a couple in Provence. That's where the travel really begins, and the romance sparks as she puts her past life behind her.
The culture of France, the realization that every minute of life should be seized and lived to the fullest, spark hope in Katherine.
Here's a quote from her time in the market:
"Adding three jars of lavender honey to her basket, her next stop was the herb seller, whose long table blazed with vivid color and filled the air with a bouquet of fragrantly pungent smells that was almost hallucinogenic. Here she chose three mixtures prepared by the woman whose flamboyant makeup and dresses were as colorful as her wares. One packet was for preparing fish dishes, another for Mediterranean salads, and the last for lamb.
As she lingered, she was reminded of the word "la garrique," which Joy had used to describe the combination of earthy, herbal, floral, and other scents found in the Provencal markets. It was unique and something she felt she would not forget.
Her last stop was the soap vendor.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tessa's Mom on October 10, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though I thought I was getting a typical change your life travel book there was quite a bit more to this story. In fact, more than a quarter of the book goes by before Katherine begins the travel part, which gave the story more depth. Once in Provence, well, for the arm chair traveler you feel like you are actually there taking in the sights and scents of southern France. The flowers, the vineyards, the castles, the wines, the cheeses, the hills,the beaches,the marketplaces, they are all beautifully and vividly described. I also liked the way the author portrayed Katherine realistically growing from feeling lonely and out of place to the newfound joy that takes her over as she begins to fit in, make friends and develops a love affair with Provence. While there is romance in the book, the main romance is the one that Katherine begins with Provence. The feeling is contagious and after reading this book I want to visit France even more!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jayne on October 7, 2013
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One has to love a book that touches every emotion! I cried, I laughed and I got lost in all the descriptive Locations and felt like I was reading my own story. A great read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Womenstravel on August 21, 2013
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I am an avid traveller and most enjoy reading books that take me on a journey to discover far off places. The Promise of Provence did just that. It took me back to one of my favourite places, Provence France. Patricia's story about Kate's journey kept me interested and wanting more. I looked forward to picking up the book every chance I could get and enjoyed losing myself in the pages and Kate's story. There were many great references to wonderful towns, markets, stores and more. It made me want to go back to Provence to search out the places she wrote about. Excellent book. I sure hope there's a sequel.
Debbie Ross.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandie McGuinness on September 27, 2013
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This is a enchanting story about Provence and it reminds me so much of my visits through France visiting the country, the vineyards, wineries, restaurants, Cannes, Eze, etc., all the places I had the wonderful opportunity to visit and stay including Switzerland and Italy. All the history is so alluring and true that one cannot help but enjoy reading about the history and romance. It is so true, and the food tastes every bit as delicious as described. I look forward to the sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ray Ingraham on October 9, 2014
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We lived in Provence for 10 years from 1990 to 2000. The Promesse of Provence took us back to those wonderful years we lived and worked there. It was very faithful to the customs and culture plus had a great story line. I would recommend it to anyone who wand a good read in another culture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judie Ocean on November 5, 2014
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Struggling to deal with life's challenges newly single Katherine makes a brave choice. Where it leads is soul searching and beautiful. The descriptions of the scenery and food make me want to jump on a plane and head to Provence!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FrenchVillageDiaries on October 12, 2014
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I found this book had quite a bleak, dark start with lots of hurt and unhappiness both in Katherine's life and in the discoveries she made of her parents lives before they arrived in Canada. I normally like my books to lift my spirit from the off, although as I found the little side story with its snippet of World War II history quite fascinating all was forgiven.

This book really takes off when Katherine arrives in Provence on what was to become a voyage of rediscovering herself. Patricia takes you to the south of France with it's hint of romance and her descriptions of the area, the markets and food were superb and I found she really brought Provence to life for me. The passion in this book, of Katherine's love of cycling, photography and France were really strong features and the story lingered in my mind after I finished reading it. Patricia has also given me a few more locations to add to my Must See list. I really wasn't ready to put it down when it finished so I'm very glad to hear there will be a sequel.
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More About the Author

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn't somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere ... particularly the south of France.

Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and her second novel, The Promise of Provence was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist and a 2013 Finalist in Literary Fiction, National Indie Excellence Awards. Due to tremendous reader response, The Promise of Provence became Book #1 in the Love In Provence series. Promises To Keep ~ Book #2 was released in Summer 2014. Book #3 will be released in February 2016. The series explores a mid-life coming of age and allows readers to lose themselves in the beauty of the south of France without leaving home. Patricia was invited to join the Lake Union imprint (Women's Fiction) of Amazon Publishing in January 2015.

Celebrating the rewarding friendships and bonds women share, her stories examine the challenges life often throws in our paths. Location features prominently in all of her novels.

Frequently invited to speak with women's groups on the subjects of writing and self-publishing, topics also cover the importance of valuing our personal stories and seeing ageing as opportunity. At other events along with her Sommers & Sands speaking partner, through keynotes, workshops and conferences, audiences are encouraged to embrace change and see challenges as opportunities.

Her philosophy is that it's never too late to begin something new, to seize each day and be a possibilitarian! As the saying goes, just do it! Hearing from readers (both men and women, from ages 20 to 84) is her greatest reward.

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