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.
Title: I Promise You This
Author: Patricia Sands
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Published on: 17 May, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours (est)
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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.