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Monday, October 28, 2013


The Promise of Provence: A Novel

This was a win from the author herself. We lost the first book in the post and she ordered another and then it came! Very seldom do I lose books in the mail and it would have been really sad to not get to this story.

A sort of a love story but the main story is about Provence. I fell in love with Provence, South of France et al when I read Peter Mayle. I also fell in love with the theory of dropping everything and settling somewhere absolutely gorgeous (like Provence) from Under the Tuscan Sun. Both highly improbable or rather impossible. But one can dream can't one?

Anyway set alternately between Toronto where our heroine comes from and then to Provence where she initially does a house exchange stint we have Katherine recovering from a divorce, a faithless husband and just wanting to find herself. She succeeds very well in this. She emerges brighter, stronger, independent and fearless though it takes a lot of hard work. On the way she meets up with two charismatic men - Nick and Phillipe who both woo her and she does fall in love.

I'd like to recommend this book as a romance but more importantly for those who like detailed travelogues or a memoir of Provence taken from an insider view of someone who lives there and gets to know the place well.

Thank you Patricia for sending the book to me.

Away from Colombo for three days and away from blogging, Internet sigh sigh!!!


  1. Sounds like a book I'd love! I loved Provence when I spent a week there three years ago.

  2. This book is right up my alley too!! I love Peter Mayle and I love Under the Tuscan Sun as well. :) I will have to write this one down, I love to read books like this in the middle of winter and dream. :)

  3. Looks like a gorgeous read. Enjoy! And thanks for stopping by my blog.

  4. I loved Peter Mayle's book in Provence too. This sounds terrific as well.