Review: The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands

Title: The Promise of Provence
Author: Patricia Sands
Publisher: CreateSpace May 30, 2013
ISBN: 9780991931316
Genre: Fiction:
Labels: France, Canada, Romance, Travel
Format: eBook, Kindle
Age: Adult
Pages: 457, Kindle is 629KB
Rating: 4 Stars

Katherine, age 55, is a research assistant for a physician in Toronto, Canada. Katherine, is the only child of parents who left Europe post World War II and emigrated to Canada. Katherine's been married to James for twenty-two years. Katherine is a structured gal, an analyzer, detail-oriented. Upon coming home from work one day and anticipating a shared evening with her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary, she finds a note that changes her life.
The Promise of Provence, is about Katherine's chance to get out of her little hobbit hole she's lived in for many years. Steady and dependable Katherine is given an opportunity for travel and adventure. She's given an opportunity to make a fresh change in her life.
My Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading Katherine's story, actually I loved it!
It was a needed break from my usual heavy reads, which is why I felt it would make a great summer vacation read!

Why I loved this story and gave it 4 stars:
  • I can relate to Katherine's personality. She's dependable, reliable, responsible, detail-oriented, she's a great friend, and always strives to do the right thing. She's a steady rock. 
  • I loved the back-drop story of Katherine's mother. After reading her story I then understood her better, as well as Katherine's upbringing and her own personality that was molded from the events in her parents lives. 
  • I loved the pivotal change in the novel after Katherine leaves behind her old life, and seeks out another world. All the senses were involved in her new world. Her new experiences made a change for the better in Katherine, this gave a positive development to her as well as the story.
  • I felt Katherine went through the stages of grief well. She continued through most of the story doing just as her personality was, the right thing when a challenge would come before her. Later in the story she did not make the right decision, and she admitted it. I felt this last event gave her a realness, in that all of us have made wrong choices, even those of us that think we've got it all together.
  • The story reaches out to people who have gone through similar traumatic events. I believe there is something in this story that can appeal to most readers.
The only thing I did not care for was the potty-mouth of Katherine's best friend Molly. Molly is like the alter-ego of Katherine. Katherine's steady responsible mature personality, versus, her friend Molly's anything goes dramatic bold risky behavior. I did think that the friend broke up the seriousness of the story, I felt she was a needed character in a sober themed story.
Over-all I loved The Promise of Provence, I had a hard time putting the book down, it's a page-turner.

Thank you to France Book Tours and Patricia Sand for my free review copy!

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Author Biography:
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. With a focus on women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship. Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, she has heard from readers ages 20 to 83. 
Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010.
Her second novel, The Promise of Provence is an Amazon Hot New Release as of April 2013.

Link @ Amazon:
Kindle $3.99
Paperback $16.94


  1. thanks for your great review and the extra pictures, nice!

  2. Thanks so much for your lovely review and I'm so glad you loved the story! Those are words every author loves to hear! I do apologize for Molly's bad language! I was a little concerned that she might offend some readers but it was an essential part of her personality ... which will be addressed in the next book. Stay tuned! I'm so glad you were part of the tour! Merci!

  3. This is too funny. Another blogger has this same book featured.

    THANKS for sharing. I have been to Europe but never to France...just the airport. :)

    Stopping by from Carole's Travel post.

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