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The Promise of Provence (Love in Provence Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00U6IQFKU
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (6 October 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 2695 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 466 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 65,697 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yes, this is another story about an unsuspecting wife (though at fifty-five, she's a little older than most) having to pick herself up after an unexpected divorce and figure out who she is. And yes, she will survive. The heartbreak doesn't start here, so after a dreadful winter, where everything goes wrong she agrees to do a house exchange holiday in the South of France. Not an uncommon plot for sure, but the thing that sets this book apart from the rest is the loving descriptions of the places mentioned. Not only France, but also of Canada where Katherine lives, of Auschwitz where her mother was a prisoner during WWII, and of the Riviera. Provenance of course sounds breathtaking in every way, the flowers, the vineyards, the castles, the wines, the cheeses, the hills, the beaches, the marketplaces, they are all beautifully and vividly described. I also liked the way the author portrayed Katherine realistically growing from feeling lonely and out of place to the newfound joy that takes her over as she begins to fit in, make friends and develops a love affair with Provence. While there is romance in the book, the main romance is the one that Katherine begins with Provence. The feeling is contagious and after reading this book I want to visit the south of France.
My Favourite Line From This Novel is “one joy scatters a thousand griefs”. Even though a great travelogue - this Novel is truly a beautiful gift and everyone should put it on their list to read!
I have read Peter Mayle's The Provence Trilogy, the humour was brilliant but it was the villages and the people that stayed with me and I just wanted to read a book that took me there again and this book did it. I am now reading the sequel and hope it is as good.
Where as bad language has a place in emotional descriptive conversation the constant swearing of Molly even when her character is happy and enraptured was very wearing and unnecessary...
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however, i found it a bit disappointing for many reasons.
first off was that it was a Mills and Boon in all but name with coy references to his hand find his way between her legs etc and it is really just an old-fashioned love story dressed up with a bit of culture
somewat astonishingly, whilst the hero is honest enough to say he has not had sex for many years so will be free of std's she omits to mention that she slept with someone just a few nights before who we know has had an active sex life!
also the book does read like a partly digested travelogue in places with lots of historical facts and mentions for restaurants which could have come straight of Fodors or berlitz and are just dumped in the book with little attempt at weaving the info in.
also Katherine eats for Britain (or Canada!) and it seems like we are told the details of each meal or snack and this does become serously irritating.
also hard to believe that suc a feisty bright woman was really so passive in her marriage . not hlped as we didn't get enough of the back story and maybe would have been more complete if we had found out how life went forward for the renegade husband rather than him just disappearing
also found her friend Molly seriously irritating with her use of 'feckin' and shed load of loose ends.
despite the above, it hooked me in sufficently for me to have bought book2 to read although I'll leave it a while for the oversweetness and folksiness to wear off
Why did she go to the trouble of carrying her kindle and then regret she had no camera with her?
Why did she buy a French pay as you go phone when she had already texted a friend with her mobile? When she arrived at the second house why did she have to buy a new service for a pay as you go phone?
Why did the author frequently write French phrases and words outside of conversations - not every reader understands French?
Why did the first house not have Wi-Fi as the owners clearly used the internet to arrange home exchanges?
How did her friend manage to buy her an iPod when she is struggling financially?
Why is the reader subjected to so much bad language from one character - if it's essential to write such a character some words could have been replaced by asterisks?
How was the font used for letters chosen? It is so difficult to read.
Why did she feel 'empowered by her actions' when she had undertaken a petty act of revenge rather than reporting Matt so that someone else would not suffer as she had?
A patient would be encouraged to move around to aid recovery after a heart attack and surgery not confined to a wheelchair without standing up for a month.
So much of the book seemed to be unrelated plotlines, such as the mother's letter which created a lot of upset when read but had no other impact. I persevered with this book until I had read 75% but realised it was not improving and I was too bored and uninterested to continue with it or the remainder in the series. I really cannot find anything to recommend it unless you want suggestions of what to see when travelling in the area, but Peter Mayle did it so much better. I will not be reading anything else by this author.