On the day of Katherine’s 22 wedding anniversary, she walks into her kitchen and smiles at the bouquet and note left for her by her husband, James. He obviously has some sort of surprise for her. He does. He is leaving her for his pregnant girlfriend. Katherine is stunned. She takes a few days off of work to make her self presentable and stable enough to be able to tell people what happened.
She goes back to work and with the help of her friends (friends that she had neglected during her marriage), she slowly starts to rise above the grief. When someone suggests a home exchange, she finds a house in France with a couple who would like to stay at her house in Canada.
She heads off to France for two weeks, unsure of how she will do traveling along. There she finds gorgeous countrysides and friendly people. She makes friends, eats well, and explores the cities. She has a blast and when given the opportunity later, heads back again for a longer three month stay. Through it all Katherine learns to be herself again, to trust again.
The Promise of Provenceis filled with descriptions of luscious French countrysides, lifestyles easy and laid back with long conversation filled meals. It is a happy feel-good book. One that makes you want to hop on the next plan to France!
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