The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted
By Bridget Asher
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780385343916, 448pp.)
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
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“Every good love story has another love hiding within it.”
Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to the small village of Puyloubier in the south of France, where a crumbling stone house may be responsible for mending hearts since before World War II.
There, Charlotte confesses a shocking secret, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother’s “lost summer” when Heidi was a child. As three generations collide with one another, with the neighbor who seems to know all of their family skeletons, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, Heidi, Charlotte, and Abbot journey through love, loss, and healing amid the vineyards, warm winds and delicious food of Provence. Can the magic of the house heal Heidi’s heart, too?
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Bridget Asher is the author of My Husband's Sweethearts and The Pretend Wife. She lives on the Florida panhandle but is always happy to do research in Provence.
"Fans of Under the Tuscan Sun will adore this impossibly romantic read."—People magazine
“Unabashedly romantic and unafraid of melancholy, Asher’s book is a real charmer about a Provencal house that casts spells over the lovelorn.”—Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who enjoy...Lolly Winston’s Good Grief and Jane Green’s The Beach House or travel-induced transformation books like Frances Mayes’s Under the Tuscan Sun and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love will find common themes in Asher’s engaging third novel...and become quickly invested in the lives of the deftly drawn characters."—Library Journal
"A beautiful, tender book about love and loss that will touch your heart...Verdict: five-star weepie."--Herald Sun (AU)
"Like a dip in a cool pool, Bridget Asher’s The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is a refreshing escape."--Campus Circle
“An enchantment of a book, woven out of Bridget Asher’s tenderness toward her characters, her love of the French countryside, and a gentle faith in possibilities. It held me spellbound from the first word to the last, when I put it aside with a sigh of both regret and deepest satisfaction….I madly, madly, madly loved this book!”
—BARBARA O’NEAL, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life
“The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted will have you canceling dinner plans, staying up all hours and flat-out ignoring your family, just so you can keep reading...An absorbing, beautifully written tale about life, death, love, food, and the magic of new possibilities.”
—J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN, author of Commencement and Maine
"[A] great read...This book was difficult to put down."--The Pilot (NC)
"Will touch readers long after the last page is read. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted would make an excellent book discussion pick or a perfect choice for a book to read during spring break."--Rundpinne
"I found myself racing through this novel, gulping it down and immersing myself in its comforting words. Julianna Baggott writes from the heart. Her prose is deeply felt and honest. I loved her descriptions of the French countryside, her understanding of her characters, and the way she was able to merge the stories of multiple characters into a cohesive and compelling novel."--Caribousmom
"An amazing story...The characters drew me into a world of love, tenderness and melancholy in such a way that when I finished the story, I kept looking for more...I don’t think that I will ever think about life, love and one’s heritage the same way again."—Night Owl Reviews
"Perfect for curling up with on a rainy night or savoring with a cup of tea beside you."—Northside (Australia)
"A thoroughly delightful, emotionally satisfying story...[Asher] skillfully evokes the emotions her characters are feeling in her readers...[including] quite possibly one of the most romantic scenes ever committed to the printed page...The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted gets my highest recommendation. It is easily one of the best books I have read so far in 2011."--Colloquium
"Love and its sweet secrets bloom gloriously in The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. Bridget Asher offers up a sumptuous exploration of how grief, love, and joy, when stirred just right, ferry us home to the people and places we most cherish. Asher’s novel brims with wisdom and laughter, teaching us anew that hope resides in unexpected places: a charred box of beloved recipes, a troubled child’s earthy wisdom, an ailing house in need of an artful hand, a mother who listens to a silent mountain, and a kiss that unlocks the puzzle of what forever truly means.”
—CONNIE MAY FOWLER, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly and Before Women Had Wings
“I enjoyed The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted so much—it's well written, beautifully characterized, extremely atmospheric and at times very touching—an enchanting and compelling tale.”
—ISABEL WOLFF, author of A Vintage Affair
"Bridget Asher has exceeded [Peter Mayle and Frances Mayes]...Blend[s] true romance with...astute observation."—Free Lance-Star
"A story full of hope, promise, and the love one feels for someone even after they are gone. It’s about families finding each other, about secrets being told, and about coming home again...A tender-hearted love story."--Lori's Reading Corner
"Home, hearth and heartbreak are the keynotes of Asher's latest. She delicately weaves a tale of love and loss with undying devotion to family and the secrets they keep...Beautiful."--Romantic Times
"Quickly has you saying ooh la la...perfect for that beach read."--Ellen Firer, director, Merrick Library
"Every now and again, a book just grabs you and won’t let go. You pop open the cover and start to read, getting more excited with each written word. And you can’t stop reading. (Not for anything! Not even reality TV--or anyone--even the husbands.) Which is exactly what happened when we read The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. It's the perfect blend of romance, humor and love."--Chick Lit is Not Dead
"A tearjerker of a novel for both foodies and fans of tightly knit family stories."—Booklist
"Charming and full of hope. For me, this novel is what I class a comfort read. I started it and was immediately taken by the story and just couldn't put it down."--Peeking Between the Pages
"An easy and enjoyable read, perfect for those dreary winter days when scenes of a Provencal summer are most welcome."--Indaily
"Engaging and hard to resist...If you like stories about characters that change and triumph with flawed but ultimately strong female characters, this is for you!"--Fresh Fiction
"The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is a charming and sweet novel, full of wonderful characters and an amazing setting. It’s perfect escapist fare, great for a quiet and cozy afternoon when a reader wants to be transported to somewhere else entirely." --S. Krishna's Books