I Promise You This: Love in Provence #3 by Patricia Sands with Giveaway

I Promise You This: Love in Provence #3 by Patricia Sands with Giveaway

Being bold enough to make a second (or third) life for yourself is the highlight of the  Love in Provence series from Patricia Sands.  A lovely woman’s fiction title that explores options and choices, this story is redolent with atmosphere and heart. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of 10 (ten) copies of I PROMISE YOU THIS in paperback (US Only) or eBook (International).  But first…

I Promise You This

The three stories in this series are now coming full circle, and this is best read in series order!  Kat had fled Toronto after her marriage dissolved, and now she is returning to help her friend Molly after an accident.  She’s found what could be a new life in Provence, one that includes her new love Philippe, the wondrous country and all of the new places to explore. But, being back in Toronto around all of the familiar places, family, friends and smells, she’s wondering if the next stage of her love should be in France.

She doesn’t doubt her love for Philippe, but the familiarity of coming home to the place she’d known so long is compelling, and leaves her with decisions.   I adored Kat’s journey here, not so melancholy or hurt now that time has passed, but she’s been bold, if running scared, in her choice to head to ‘somewhere else’.  She (and we) are just fortunate it was Provence.

The scenery here breathes through the story, the familiar landscape of Toronto with its sights and sounds juxtapose against the newly discovered Provencal sights, and she is clearly torn.  With Philippe making a grand gesture to follow Kat and see what their future holds, I couldn’t put this book down.

Sands uses the good (and bad) of all Kat’s experiences to help inform her decision: it is always scary to make large changes in your life, and while the first steps on her journey were made with tears in her eyes and a determination to be anywhere BUT where she was, there has been time and distance for Kat to finally choose the setting for the next chapter in her life.

Soft and warm, this story is easy to follow and full of characters that appear real and present in the room as you read.  To gain the best perspective, this is a series that is best read in order – and that will be no great sacrifice.  A wonderful summer read that will have you transported to worlds and places far away.

I Promise You This: Love in Provence #3 by Patricia Sands with Giveaway

Title: I Promise You This
Author: Patricia Sands
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
ISBN: 1503935728
Published on: 17 May, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 334
Audio Length: 9 Hours (est)
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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Suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down. Seeking to find her true self, she took a chance on starting over. A year later, she is certain of this: she’s in love with Philippe and adores his idyllic French homeland, where he wants her to live with him.

But all that feels like a fantasy far removed from Toronto, where she’s helping her friend Molly, hospitalized after a life-threatening accident. Staying in her childhood home full of memories, Katherine wonders: Is she really ready to leave everything behind for an unknown life abroad? And if all her happiness lies with Philippe, will it last? Can she trust in love again?

Searching her heart, Katherine finds the pull of the familiar is stronger than she thought. An unexpected meeting with her ex, the first time since his cruel departure, and a stunning declaration of love from an old flame spur her introspection.

With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as breathtaking as the beaches of Antibes, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves that a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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Once home and putting away the food, she marveled again at how much her traditional, woven wicker basket could hold and never feel heavy. Such a simple thing turns buying food into a completely different experience than wobbly shopping carts and plastic bags. I love my panier!

 

The next two hours were spent unpacking from the trip, re-organizing and finding just the right spot to set the special framed photos she had brought back with her. The crate they shipped would take a couple of weeks to arrive.

 

Kat was just beginning to wonder what was keeping Philippe when he burst in. “Sorry to keep you waiting. It seemed we had one thing after another to deal with … and a lot of curious customers! Still want to cycle? I rode yours home. Let’s pick a route and then end at the villa. Didier wants to meet us there and introduce his “équipe” as he called it.”

 

Laughing, as she got ready to ride, Kat said, “His team? It’s all go, isn’t it? I can’t wait to see what’s happening on the Cap.”

 

“Don’t get your hopes up!” he cautioned. “Best to be pleasantly surprised. The way repairs and renovation go in France, there’s never a guarantee about anything.”

 

They chose a short hour-long route that would take them west toward Cannes, but not up to a challenging elevation. “We better take a while to ease into those hills, ma belle. This will be a good beginning.”

 

They put their heads down and focused on cadence and breathing. Kat’s legs responded to the challenge as they picked up speed. She wondered if she would pay a price the next morning after over a month without any exercise. She had already promised herself she would get back to her yoga routine the next morning and had left a voicemail for Annette to say they should do lunch after their session.

 

Now she felt the familiar buzz of elation that always accompanied the liberation her cycling delivered.  Philippe led the way, his powerful legs pumping rhythmically.  He kept an eye on Kat’s lag time and was impressed that there virtually was none.

 

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About Patricia Sands

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.

As of January, 2015, along with being a proud indie author, Patricia is also delighted to be under contract with Lake Union Publishing for her Love In Provence series. This is the women’s fiction arm of Amazon Publishing.

With a focus on travel, 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

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