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THE PROVENCE CURE FOR THE BROKENHEARTED
by Bridget Asher

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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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. Each character is drawn with painstaking detail so the reader feels the full force of their despair and passions. She has a knack for depicting the stark realities of lives and relationships. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is a beautiful depiction of three souls who travel to a faraway place to find themselves and each other amid the hardships that life throws at us.

Heidi and Abbott are still reeling from the loss of their husband and father. They are coping as well as they can, but Abbott has developed an obsessive-compulsive disorder and Heidi has grown absent-minded and secluded. Upon hearing that the family cottage in Provence is in need of repair, Heidi, along with Abbott and Charlotte, Heidi’s troubled niece, embark on a journey of love, loss and healing, with the aid of neighbors and some good French food. (BANTAM, Apr., 416 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Lauren Brathwaite

Publisher: BANTAM

Published: April 2011

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