The Promise of Provence – Patricia Sands

The promise of provence

“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.”


I’d like to start by thanking Janice at Loveahappyending for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.

There was a powerful scene to begin with, Katherine’s emotions jumped out at me and made me feel so sad for her.  She was a character who I easily connected with and enjoyed following her as she faced lots of difficult decisions.  The main feeling I got from the storyline was all about learning to move on with life when massive changes are thrown at you, there was a strong sense of hope radiating from the pages.

A letter from Katherine’s mother was particularly touching, I was fascinated and at the same time saddened by the story of her life during the war.  This was a side of the storyline that I hadn’t been expecting but thoroughly enjoyed.

The whole house exchange thing was so intriguing and was the factor that led Katherine back to France.  This was the part I had been looking forward to the most and I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t disappointed by it – from the delicious food to the beautiful scenery, the author’s warm words made me feel as though I were right there in France alongside Katherine.  She somehow managed to find herself in a couple of sticky situations on her travels which just added to the atmosphere.  The romantic side was well written, it felt very natural and gentle and I think that this made it more believable.  Another great part of this book for me was Picasso the dog, he reminded me very much of my own dog so I really enjoyed his scenes.

This was a book that left me with a smile on my face and the strong desire to visit France!

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Buy the book:

Amazon Kindle Edition £3.23 | Amazon Paperback £12.35

(Prices correct at time of writing this review)


10 thoughts on “The Promise of Provence – Patricia Sands

  1. What a truly perfect and lovely review, Kate. I have this – not yet read, but now I’m even more keen to get to. I’ve read much praise of Patricia’s evocative descriptions of France and this bit of your review “The romantic side was well written, it felt very natural and gentle and I think that this made it more believable” has most definitely piqued my interest further. It what you would want, I think, from this book. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xx


  2. Brilliant review. I get the desire to go to France just based on your review, Kate! I have this book on my Kindle and hope to read it really soon!!!! Congrats, Patricia, and rock on! X


  3. Kate, thank you for this lovely review. It’s always rewarding when reviewers pick up on different aspects of the story and I very much appreciate all of your thoughtful observations and comments.


  4. Wonderful read and captures Nice France so beautifully . Descibes Provence and French culture so well you actually go through Katherine’s journey with her .More books like this please Patricia Sands I enjoyed this book so much .


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