The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher is a beautifully written novel that encompasses grief and life, love, food and can be best described as 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. Finishing this book for me was really quite sad; I was not ready to leave the lives of the people within its pages.
Heidi is still trying to get over the death of her husband Henry who passed two years ago. Thankfully she has her son Abbott who pretty much forces her to carry on but he has problems of his own – his grief is coming out through compulsive behaviors. She can’t seem to take care of the bakery she and her husband owned and hasn’t baked in ages which was something she always loved – creating her pastries. She just can’t seem to move forward because she can’t give up her past with Henry and her hope that he’s still coming back.
Her mother tells Heidi that every woman needs a lost summer for herself. It just so happens that they have a family home in the French countryside where her mother had her very own lost summer when Heidi and her sister were young. This is where her mother feels Heidi, Abbott, and her niece Charlotte should go to get away for a while and remodel the old house. Heidi leaves for Provence with the kids and while there she begins to open herself up more to life and living while, at the same time, learning some long kept secrets about her own mother that leads her to know and understand her better.
I really liked Heidi. Her grief and her struggles to wade through it made her such a realistic character to me. I liked how she encouraged her son and spoke of her husband often with him. In Provence, even while she was battling against love, she was opening herself up to it. I could feel her pain, her sorrow, and then later her happiness and faith in a better future. While Heidi was my favorite, the other characters were great as well – Charlotte was hilarious as was Heidi’s mom. Abbott was pretty cute with his obsessive behaviors and trying to get past them. As always it doesn’t hurt to have a Frenchman like Julien, who sounded like a piece of heaven in a gorgeous package.
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher is so much about trusting enough to open yourself up to love again after suffering a great heartbreak. This book is a beautiful romance and new beginnings. It’s about learning to live again and let’s face it, could there be a better place to do that in than France? I loved the descriptions of the food and the area – I could almost feel myself there (well I was definitely wishing I was!). It’s a fairly long novel at over 400 pages and not once did I feel like I wanted it to end. As a matter of a fact I kept checking to see how far I had to go and began to dread it ending. I was enjoying it that much. I laughed and I cried – for me that makes this novel a favorite! If you’re a fan of foodie books and especially the ones where someone travels to another country, then I think you’d love this book as much as I did!
I read The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridgit Asher for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Make sure to check out all the other tour stops here. You can visit Bridgit Asher’s website here and you can find her on Facebook and Twitter as well. Your own copy of The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
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