Drawing Lessons Paperback – October 1, 2017
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“Set in the magical French countryside, Drawing Lessons tells a remarkable tale of separation and loss. Patricia Sands unfolds a passionate story of self-discovery and learning to love again that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.” —Christine Nolfi, bestselling author of Sweet Lake and The Comfort of Secrets
“A beautifully written story that is both heartbreaking and soul satisfying. Sands is at the top of her game as she takes the reader on a woman’s life changing journey in the South of France and into the lifestyle that inspired the Impressionists. A rich experience that will leave you with a sigh.” —Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today bestselling author of Spare Change
“I have journeyed to Provence captivated by Patricia Sands’s gifted prose in Drawing Lessons. I have shared Arianna’s heartbreak. I was there as she found reconciliation for the present and joy for her future. Ms. Sands’s novel revolves around heartbreak and emotional healing, exquisite descriptions of Provence, and art as life restored. I went to Provence with Ms. Sands via her novel and I want to go back again as soon as possible. This book is a keeper!” —Grace Greene, USA Today bestselling author, author of The Memory of Butterflies
“I feel as though I’ve been to the South of France after reading Patricia Sands’s richly crafted novel of one woman’s journey of rediscovery. Colorful and beautifully written, the landscape captured my heart. I loved this story!” —Heather Burch, bestselling author of One Lavender Ribbon and Something Like Family
About the Author
Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, but her heart’s other home is the South of France. An avid traveler, she spends part of each year on the Côte d’Azur and occasionally leads groups of women on tours of the Riviera and Provence. 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, was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, and was 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 she appears as a public speaker for women’s groups. Visit her online at www.patriciasandsauthor.com.
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542045878
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542045872
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (October 1, 2017)
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The train is a powerful symbol, as it takes her stage by stage, but inexorably, to a new landscape and to new beginnings – from Toronto, Canada, to Arles, France; from her old and known life to a new unknown future; from love and sadness to discovery and joy; from having lived in black and white to adding colors to her life; from her home and family to fellow artists at a retreat. On the train, the window beside her is "wide and surprisingly clear” – which echoes her current bittersweet feelings. And it is on the train where Arianna starts to draw again, tentatively, until by the end of her artistic journey, and with the help of her new artist friends and new surroundings, she finds her voice and her true vocation. After all, as Jacques de Villeneuve, a crucial new character, tells the students, “There is no doubt that art is therapeutic for the spirit.”
We see everything through the protagonist’s eyes, as she is learning how to really see. Along with the drawing lessons at the retreat, Arianna helps us “taste colors”; watch unbelievable sunsets and landscapes that offer a kaleidoscope of color; hear sounds that are comforting songs and gentle buzzes of bees; smell earthy smells of the herbs and the freshness of the air. And let us not forget the superb food, described in such detail it makes us urgently hungry. All this adds up to a true orchestration of the senses.
We get to know all the secondary characters, her fellow artists and their teacher, in depth, and they add to our delight as we read about their adventures together. Her new friends also help Arianna on this voyage, and on her new endeavor. They and the places depicted are all linked by the characters' joy of painting and drawing, and by their reverence for Vincent van Gogh, a “ghost” who haunts the landscape where he lived, painted, and became sick. His paintings become alive in our eyes. We are there too, with them, enjoying this wonderful adventure, for which we have to give the author, Patricia Sands, our heartfelt thanks!
I just had an emotional journey as I finish "Drawing Lessons" by Patricia Sands. The genres of this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction, with a touch of Romance.
The story takes place in Canada and in the South of France, where the author provides a detailed view of the gorgeous colorful landscape and scenery, and provides a sensory image of the feel, taste, touch, smell and sights of the region. It is a perfect place for an artist or painter to enjoy the spectacular views. The timeline of the story is in the present.
The characters are described as sensitive, creative, loving, and caring.The situations that the characters face are complicated, complex and distressing. Ariana faces each day as if looking at a blank canvas, and sees everything in black, gray and white. Ariana, now 62 once had the passion to be an artist. As she watches her beloved husband Ben, slip into the cruel world of dementia, Ariana hopelessly stands by. Her family encourages Ariana to go to the Southern part of France, and found herself through Art.
Ariana does meet new friends, and has new experiences, and as the short time passes is in the process of creating and accepting a new life for herself.
I appreciate that the author describes dementia, and how devastating at first it is to the patient, and family members. How incredibly frustrating and sad it is to see the person you love physically be present, but no longer emotionally aware, I also love the way the author discusses the importance of family support, friends, love, and hope. I also like the way the author describes individual growth and acceptance to live life. I would recommend this story for readers who look to see the positive in life, when there is negative. I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review.
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If you're a fan of Jenny Colgan, like myself, you might also find this an enjoyable, though perhaps a more mature read. My only regret is there isn't yet a follow-up to this book. Perhaps even a prequel or a story about the Gardians, would be interesting.