Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book review and giveaway of The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands


French Village Diaries France Booktours The Promise of Provence by Patricia SandsThis week sees the Tour de France arrive in Nice and begin making their way through Provence towards the Pyrenees, a beautiful part of France. It is therefore a fantastic coincidence I am taking part in a virtual book tour via France Book Tours for the novel The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands. What is even more of a coincidence is that cycling is a passion for the main character Katherine and the book contains some lovely descriptive passages of cycling in Provence – this book was a dream!

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 overlooked by ancient hilltop villages. 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?

My review
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.

This book is published through CreateSpace and is available from Amazon worldwide and the link to Amazon UK is below.

I am really pleased that Patricia will be talking about her love of France for my France et Moi feature this week, so please do join us again on Friday.

French Village Diaries book review The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands France Booktours

The winner of the giveaway for THE SUMMER OF FRANCE picked out over aperos by my Mum last night, was Marika. To enter this weeks giveaway to win an ebook copy of The Promise of Provence just email FrenchVillageDiaries@gmail.com with the subject of The Promise of Provence and one lucky winner will be picked out by my Dad next Wednesday evening, over aperos for their last night with us.