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The Promise of Provence [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Sands
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Surprise, shock, and a shift in her comfortable life tumble into Katherine Price’s world when least expected. The future she has imagined suddenly vanishes, leaving little to focus upon beyond her career and the caregiving her elderly widowed mother might require.

Fate has other plans.

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves. Ancient hilltop villages beckon. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.

Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?

As Katherine explores the romantic cobblestone lanes of medieval towns, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of Paris and savors the sun-kissed Côte d'Azur, she begins redefining the possibilities in her life.

An enduring story of hope and change in life’s later years is woven through the author’s love-letter to France. Like a well-travelled friend, Patricia Sands invites readers into a world she loves and entices them to linger.

"Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel." Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestseller Finding Emma

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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.

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  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991931319
  • Publisher: Patricia Sands (February 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Journey to Provence May 12, 2013
By Paulita
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Promise of Provence 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly inspirational October 7, 2013
By Jayne
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel like you are there! 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful European History 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, romantic visit to Provence! September 28, 2013
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Leaves you anticipating the next book! Thank you for this stunning, educational look at life in the south of France
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entralling November 6, 2013
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Enthralling. I want to have that experience. I didn't want the story to end and will look forward to more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me long for France May 14, 2013
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I read this before my trip to Paris and it left me wishing the days would speed up until my trip! The descriptions pull you in and the characters are endearing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars sweet story, seriously flawed
While I enjoyed Katherine's story, I was badly distracted by the feeling that Sands had Roget open on the desk throughout the writing project. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Jerusha C. Bartay
4.0 out of 5 stars Provence Brought to Life
Swept up in the lovely local descriptions of the vineyards, the food and wine, the market places and the flowers, The Promise of Provence transported me to one of my favourite... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Elizabeth Perrat
4.0 out of 5 stars The Promise of Provence.
Having spent lots of time in that part of France myself loved it.Good story ,looking forwad to the sequel.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs H.Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
One of the best books I read in a long while. Can't wait for the sequel !
Published 2 days ago by rebos
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
The story of Katherine's trips to France and the new experiences she enjoyed kept me entertained throughout the entire book.
Published 3 days ago by L. Donahue
5.0 out of 5 stars lI love this book!!!
I would recommend this book to every woman who has ever been in a rough relationship and still has dreams of a life of magic and travel. Read more
Published 3 days ago by psk
3.0 out of 5 stars NICE READ
On their twenty-second anniversary, our heroine comes home to find her husband has left the usual roses with the usual card. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cheryl B. Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Adventures in Provence
I really loved descriptions of places, food and the ral to life characters. I guess I just wanted a chance to life this life! Looking forward to a sequal.
Published 4 days ago by Christine Hayward
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring travel minutia overshadows the story.
Too much travel info. If I wanted to read a Fodor's Guide to France, that's what I would have bought. Read more
Published 4 days ago by ALC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful... if you need a vacation read it and be transported.
Published 5 days ago by Virginia Girl
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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. A new release is scheduled for Summer 2014.

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.

The Love In Provence series ~ The Promise of Provence (2013); Promises To Keep (Summer 2014) ~ allows readers to lose themselves in the beauty of the south of France without leaving home.

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, author Susan Sommers, 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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