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INVITATION TO PROVENCE
by Elizabeth Adler

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Adler's lyrical, romantic
writing style shines through in her latest book, set in the beautiful countryside of Provence, France. California veterinarian Franny Marten is often unlucky in love. She discovers her long-distance boyfriend, Marcus, is married. Then her fabulous one-night fling, Jake Bronson, disappears without a word.

So an all-expenses-paid invitation to Provence, France, to meet estranged family members, looks too good to pass up. Franny attends, accompanied by new friend Clare—Marcus' wife—with whom she's bonded.

They arrive at a chateau and vineyard, where family matriarch Aunt Rafaella Marten and her colorful past reside. There's also Franny's cousin Alain, the black sheep of the family, who harbors ulterior motives. But most surprising is that Franny, once again, comes face to face with Jake, who's mysteriously tied to the Marten family—and its secrets, which Franny begins to uncover.

Captivating romance, picturesque landscapes, and charming characters fill the pages of this enthralling novel of women's fiction. The suspense involving Alain's evil nature adds intensity to this top-notch read. (Sep., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: St. Martin's

Published: September 2004

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