I Promise You This
by Patricia Sands
Love In Provence #3
Narrated by Janet Metzger
Formats available: Hardback, Paperback, Electronic, Audio
Pub Date: 7.28.17 | Time: 10 hours 37 minutes
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
MP3 Audio provided by Brilliance Audio for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down. Seeking to find her true self, she took a chance on starting over. 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. Staying in her childhood home full of memories, Katherine wonders: Is she really ready to leave everything behind for an unknown life abroad? And if all her happiness lies with Philippe, will it last? Can she trust in love again?
Searching her heart, Katherine finds the pull of the familiar is stronger than she thought. 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.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34879526-i-promise-you-this
A mid-life divorce leads to a woman finding herself and a new chance at love. I Promise You This is the conclusion to Katherine’s story- her love affair with Provence, the Cote d’Azur, Phillipe, friendship, food, and photography. It was a gentle story full of warm, evocative language that paints such vivid pictures that I felt I was there. And, to top it off, Janet Metzger’s narration was stellar making an already delicious, flavorful story that much more.
Kat’s story has come full circle in this final segment of the Love in Provence series which, yes, must be read/listened to in order. In book one, she left behind Toronto- family, ex, and old time- to embrace a new adventure with Phillipe the cheese seller in the south of France where she fell in love with the life there, embracing it all so thoroughly. Book two saw her weathering Phillipe’s secrets and finding her place in her new life so that she thinks all is set in stone. But then Molly’s accident brings her back to Toronto in book three.
It was almost inevitable. She had to come back. She had to have the crisis of encountering home, her ex, a former lover, Phillipe in her home environment. I think this was the book that made it more realistic- all the beauty and color and amazing loveliness that is her last several months. It only felt real when balanced against these temptations, choices, and challenges that befall her. Oh, and more of Phillipe’s family secrets. I was so into the story that I got nervous when she started doubting nearly everything.
Still, the pull of Provence and the south of France with all it has to offer including Phillipe is there and larger than life. I loved how the author brought it all back around and closed it out just right.
Janet Metzger is a fantastic match for this series. She is Katherine to me and all her other fantastic renditions of friends, family, accents, and emotions. She made me see this book so clearly like I was right there. I think I would listen to almost anything if she narrated it.
So, I felt bittersweet when I finished this one. It’s such a lovely, colorful, and warm story about an older heroine who must make choices and take some chances to have a more fulfilling life. I will miss my visits with Kat in the south of France and Toronto for that matter.
My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
A note from Steph
I have been off with family and most of us picked up an evil stomach bug. I am thrilled my friend Sophia Rose is filling in as I get back home and adjust.