Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Women’s Fiction
On the evening of her twenty-second wedding anniversary, Katherine Price can’t wait to celebrate. But instead of receiving an anniversary card from her husband, she finds a note asking for a divorce.
Fifty-five and suddenly alone, Katherine begins the daunting task of starting over. She has her friends, her aging mother, and her career to occupy her, but the future seems to hold little promise—until, after a winter of heartbreak, Katherine is persuaded to try a home exchange holiday in the South of France.
In Provence, bright fields of flowers bloom below medieval hilltop villages with winding cobblestone streets. Charmed by the picturesque countryside, the breathtaking Côte d’Azur, and the enchantment-filled boulevards of Paris, Katherine feels life opening up once again. Lavender perfumes the air, and chance encounters hint at romance and passion. But memories of heartbreak and betrayal linger—and her former life waits for her back home. Can she find the courage to begin again?
I keep finding all of these amazing summer reads lately so I apologize in advance if I’m contributing to making your summer reading lists being out of control! The Promise of Provence was an absolutely lovely read, I fell in love with the main character, Katherine, but I also was utterly charmed by France as the author really brought the country to life. I’m so happy there are still two books left in this beautiful series.
When the novel begins, Katherine is dumped in an extremely callous manner by her jerk of a husband, James. He breaks up with her via a note on their anniversary. Thank goodness his role in this story is minimal, you never actually meet him and for that I was grateful. The story follows Katherine over the course of a year as she deals with the end of her twenty something year marriage and her struggles as she navigates a new life as a single woman in her fifties.
As I mentioned earlier, I adored Katherine. She was so raw, vulnerable and honest, wholly relatable. She has a small support group in her friends Molly and Andrea, (Andrea is also her cousin) and both of them were great characters as well. Molly had an air of mystery about her and I’m hoping to learn more about her secrets in subsequent books. She also has a terrible potty mouth but that only made me like her more! There were also many fantastic people that Katherine meets as she travels in France, they were so charming and interesting! There is some romance along the way as well, but I won’t tell you with whom, you’ll have to read and see for yourself.
It was very clear that Sands has a deep personal connection to France and Canada, her passion was apparent in her gorgeous descriptive writing style. In her authors note she calls the book her love letter to France and that’s an apt description. The food described was stunning and had me practically drooling several times and the imagery she conjured really brought the setting to life. I had such a great time following Katherine on her adventures as she experienced highs and lows and can’t wait to reconnect with her in the second book.
Overall rating: 4/5
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, for her annual visit.