Book Tour: The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher

“Every good love story has another love hiding within it.”

Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to the small village of Puyloubier in the south of France, where a crumbling stone house may be responsible for mending hearts since before World War II.

There, Charlotte confesses a shocking secret, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother’s “lost summer” when Heidi was a child. As three generations collide with one another, with the neighbor who seems to know all of their family skeletons, and with an enigmatic Frenchman, Heidi, Charlotte, and Abbot journey through love, loss, and healing amid the vineyards, warm winds and delicious food of Provence. Can the magic of the house heal Heidi’s heart, too?

Do you believe the premise of this story that a place can help heal a person’s head and heart? We believed it in Under the Tuscan Sun, and Eat, Pray, Love, and one I recently reviewed, The Tapestry of Love. It’s probably easier to buy the theory if it’s a beautiful place like Tuscany or Cévennes or, in this case, Provence.

Actually, I’ve seen people heal in places around my own country. My mother is a good example. My dad died one month short of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. I was living in the midwest and she decided, at the age of seventy, to drive herself from southern California back to my place – yes, by herself. We visited Amish country and various quilt shows and shops. Being in a new environment helped her heart to heal. It gave her a new determination to go on living. She thoroughly enjoyed herself for the next twenty years.

So, yes, I do believe in the power of a place to work it’s magic. In The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, it worked on Heidi. I felt so sorry for her as she truly lost a wonderful man when her husband died. She was nearly dysfunctional; she couldn’t remember simple things and had no energy for her beloved pastry work. She managed to do a good job with her little boy but he was desperately trying to help her. They both needed help.

When the two of them were able to get away, along with Charlotte, it was the beginning of their healing process. When the threesome got to Provence, that’s when the book became fun, at least for me. I thought it took the author a long time to lay out Heidi and Abbott’s pain and dysfunction – over a hundred pages. I guess I was anxious to get to Provence. But once there, the descriptions of the landscape and the food were good. More importantly, it was a beautiful description of how Heidi, Abbott, and Charlotte were able to turn their hearts around.

This book will appeal to readers who like the heal-while-traveling genre. I’d also call it a love story. It was beautifully written as well. Bridget Asher is the pen name for Julianna Baggott. As Bridget Asher she has written The Pretend Wife and My Husband’s Sweetheart. For more information about this fine author, visit her website here:  Juliana Baggott


The publisher, Bantam Books/Random House, is offering an extra copy to one of my readers (US only). Indicate your interest in the comment section. I’ll announce a winner on  April 22.

I’m reviewing this book as part of the TLC Book Tour. There are nine bloggers who reviewed the book before me. If you’d like to visit the other tour stops, the schedule is here: TLC Schedule.


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19 Responses to Book Tour: The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher

  1. rhonda says:

    sounds wonderful,would love to read it.

  2. Great review and interesting question, about whether places make that much difference. To me, it seems like I (unfortunately) bring ME with me wherever I go! :–)

  3. Barbara says:

    I’ve long been convinced places heal. At low points in my own life, all I had to do was travel to Bar Harbor, ME or the lower Maine coast, to sit and contemplate the ocean. It put everything in perspective and cleared my mind so I could think straight and heal my soul.

  4. Of course place can help heal someone. I think we all get our strength and determination from different places. This sounds like a really sweet book.

  5. Kay says:

    I firmly believe that places can heal. I remember last summer sitting in our vacation rental house staring at the Pacific Ocean. I did this for probably the first 3 days of our time there. I kept trying to read, but I was just mesmerized. And I’m not a beach person. But the sounds, the rhythm – it was soothing and healing. Yes, I believe. I’ll be reading this book. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Martha says:

    Thank you for sharing your mother’s story. I do believe places can heal, thank goodness. This sounds like a wonderful read. I think I would want to read it no matter because I love the cover but it’s good to know it’s a good read. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  7. kaye says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, especially about your mother. It sounds like a good read.

  8. Nan says:

    I tend to not read ‘grief’ books, but you’ve made this one sound most appealing. I do believe places are powerful. I think there’s a whole school of thought about this -negative as well as positive places. Of course, each person’s place would be different depending on the kind of weather, city vs. rural, etc. that is important to her. I think there are also degrees of sensitivity to places. I know there are roads I travel that give me the creeps, while other landscapes open my heart. I find it fascinating. It is sort of a feng shui of locales!

  9. Staci says:

    I so loved the way you made this story personal. I believe in the healing factor in places too. This one sounds wonderful especially because I loved Under a Tuscan Sun, Eat,Love, Pray, and of course, The Tapestry of Love. Our tastes are so similar when it comes to this genre that I will have to read this one for sure!!!!!!!

  10. JP says:

    I’d love to read this book! I’ve had my eye on it for awhile.

  11. stacybuckeye says:

    A beautiful cover and everything is better in Italy, so this one appeals to me 🙂

  12. Annie says:

    I like your review, Margot. And, yes, I think as you that i’is place where healing is easier. Not always sunny places but the place where you could feel good. Everybody has one or more !

  13. Tea says:

    I would luv to read this one. That place can serve as a healing force is something I keep running into in my novels. Last week I finished Angel Harp by Michael Phillips. Marie Buchan is struggling with the loss of her husband. She leaves Canada. Then, goes to Scotland where her life and thoughts begin to change. I hated for the book to end. Would luv to read your book about “place.” Thanks for entering me.


  14. Amused says:

    This book sounds wonderful! I love books like this! Thank you for offering a giveaway.

  15. It’s on my Kindle, but I’m saving it for traveling (just back to Oregon — not to Provence ;>) ) I looked it up after reading yesterday about Charlotte’s remarkable vocabulary (LOL) — your review today would have cinched it if I hadn’t already added it.

  16. PS: I really really do believe in the power of places to heal — I’ve also seen examples.

  17. I love travel-memoirs/stories/books!! I added this to my Goodreads list a week or so ago…thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I definitely do think that a place can help a person recover from something. I’m glad this book is beautiful. I’d love to enter the giveaway!

  19. Bonnie says:

    I do believe that places have the power to heal as they can have such an influence on the body and mind. I love the cover and the premise of this book. Thanks for sharing your personal connection to this books. I’d love a chance to win a copy in the giveaway.

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