Philippe reveals he has a troubling secret—and the couple’s new life together threatens to crumble before it can begin. Together, they savor the delicacies and splendor of life, toasting to a future filled with happiness and hope—a life far away from the heartache they both knew so well. But during a trip to the medieval village of Entrevaux, a strange note turns into a dangerous car chase.
The painful memories from her life back in toronto will never be distant enough, but Katherine Price finds peace under the autumn sky in the South of France…and a deepening, dizzying love with Philippe. Now that katherine has everything she’s ever wanted, life, is she about to lose it all?Promises to Keep is the heartfelt second addition to award-winning author Patricia Sands’s Love in Provence trilogy—and a stirring reminder that it’s never too late to be joyfully surprised by love, or even yourself.
Revised edition: This edition of Promises to Keep includes editorial revisions.
I Promise You This Love in Provence
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. 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. Staying in her childhood home full of memories, will it last? can she trust in love again?Searching her heart, Katherine wonders: Is she really ready to leave everything behind for an unknown life abroad? And if all her happiness lies with Philippe, Katherine finds the pull of the familiar is stronger than she thought.
Seeking to find her true self, she took a chance on starting over. Suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down.
The Promise of Provence Love in Provence
Can she find the courage to begin again?Revised edition: This edition of The Promise of Provence includes editorial revisions. On the evening of her twenty-second wedding anniversary, Katherine Price can’t wait to celebrate. Charmed by the picturesque countryside, the breathtaking Côte d’Azur, and the enchantment-filled boulevards of Paris, Katherine feels life opening up once again.
. She has her friends, but the future seems to hold little promise—until, her aging mother, and her career to occupy her, 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.
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. But memories of heartbreak and betrayal linger—and her former life waits for her back home. Lavender perfumes the air, and chance encounters hint at romance and passion.
The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes
Everything was going so well in Kat and Philippe’s life together. On top of that, kat had worked herself into what Molly classified as a full blown “Christmas conundrum. Kat wanted the holidays to work perfectly as she blended a Canadian Christmas with a Provençal Fête de Noêl for the first time in their new home.
Philippe hoped a weekend trip to the famous Christmas markets of Strasbourg would solve everything. Now she’d lost her confidence and, with it, the holiday spirit. Roman ruins delayed the work on the Villa des Violettes. The russian drug gang might be back in the neighbourhood. As it happened, things were about to get worse.
Then suddenly it wasn’t. The love in provence characters are back.
Back home in toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.
Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. The author of the love in provence series returns to the south of france with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself…Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt.
Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat—as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy—Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light.
The Bridge Club
If you have such a friendship in your life you will relate to the women in The Bridge Club. Based loosely on the author’s own bridge club, the story weaves the reader through a maze of life's inevitable scenarios. The bridge club emphasizes how honest and loyal friendship helped to enable these changes and how these women empowered and learned from each other in the process.
This is a novel for anyone who values friendship. Not simply the "hi, unselfishly celebrates triumphs, how are you?" type of friendship but rather the kind that weathers all sorts of storms, and hums along year after year with never an unkind word. Through laughter, tears, and everything in between the story meets life head on and affirms that building a strong foundation of friendship is a priceless asset.
Whether your bffs are in their twenties or are seniors, everyone has a story. Where can you find a story about friendship, illness and grief? For many women, porn addiction, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, it's often within their own circle of friends. Four decades of friendship.
The bridge club reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships through an entertaining and often moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. If you don't, perhaps the story will inspire you to search for it. Throughout the story each of the characters faces challenges and change in her life.
My Twenty-Five Years in Provence: Reflections on Then and Now
The beloved author peter mayle, champion of all things Provence, here in a final volume of all new writing, offers vivid recollections from his twenty-five years in the South of France--lessons learned, culinary delights enjoyed, and changes observed. Twenty-five years ago, jennie, peter Mayle and his wife, were rained out of a planned two weeks on the Côte d'Azur.
. After the coffee, you might drive to see a lavender field that has bloomed every year for centuries, or stroll through the ancient history that coexists alongside Marseille's metropolitan bustle. This thoughtful, vivid exploration of life well-lived, à la Provence, will charm longtime fans and a new generation of readers alike.
As mayle tells us, a cup of café might now cost three euros--but that price still buys you a front-row seat to the charming and indelible parade of village life. In search of sunlight, they set off for Aix-en-Provence; enchanted by the world and life they found there, they soon decided to uproot their lives in England and settle in Provence.
They have never looked back. Modern life may have seeped into sleepy Provence, but its magic remains. With his signature warmth, wit, and humor--and twenty-five years of experience--Peter Mayle is a one-of-a-kind guide to the continuing appeal of Provence.
My Good Life in France
Michael o mara books. One grey dismal day, janine Marsh was on a trip to northern France to pick up some cheap wine. Janine eventually gave up her job in London to move with her husband to live the good life in France. This was not something she’d expected or planned for. She returned to england a few hours later having put in an offer on a rundown old barn in the rural Seven Valleys area of Pas de Calais.
While getting to grips with the locals and la vie française, and with little money and less of a clue, heating, and renovating her dilapidated new house, a building lacking the comforts of mains drainage, or proper rooms, she started to realize there was lot more to her new home than she could ever have imagined.
These are the true tales of janine’s rollercoaster ride through a different culture—one that, charming, to a Brit from the city, was in turns surprising, and not the least bit baffling. Or so she hoped.
Women in Sunlight: A Novel
Who are they, an american writer living in tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, and what brings them to this Tuscan village so far from home? An expat herself and with her own unfinished story, she can’t help but question: will they find what they came for? Kit Raine, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life.
But how? with kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten—and with drastic and unforeseeable results. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women—Julia, Camille, and Susan—all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives.
Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. Michael o mara books. Susan, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, the most adventurous of the three, beautiful house in Tuscany.
By the bestselling author of under the tuscan sun, and written with frances Mayes’s trademark warmth, food, and friendship, and delicious descriptions of place, heart, Women in Sunlight is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.
She watches from her terrazza as the three American women carry their luggage into the stone villa down the hill.
The Beekeeper's Promise
The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer—and her life. In 1938, eliane martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. Michael o mara books. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.
From the bestselling author of sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within. But france’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty.
An rna romantic Novel Award nominee. Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits.
The Lost Carousel of Provence
An artist lost to history, a family abandoned to its secrets, and the woman whose search for meaning unearths it all in a sweeping and expressive story from the New York Times bestselling author of Letters from Paris. Long, lonely years have passed for the crumbling Château Clement, nestled well beyond the rolling lavender fields and popular tourist attractions of Provence.
Michael o mara books. Once a bustling and dignified ancestral estate, now all that remains is the château's gruff, elderly owner and the softly whispered secrets of generations buried and forgotten. But time has a way of exposing history's dark stains, and when American photographer Cady Drake finds herself drawn to the château and its antique carousel, she longs to explore the relic's shadowy origins beyond the small scope of her freelance assignment.
As cady digs deeper into the past, unearthing century-old photographs of the Clement carousel and its creators, she might be the one person who can bring the past to light and reunite a family torn apart.