I'm very happy to offer this excerpt from Patrician Sands' third book in her Love in Provence series. Nobody loves Provence more than she and it shows in her writing.
I Promise You This
Book 3 Love In Provence
by Patricia Sands
Suddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife was 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 is in love with Philippe and adores his idyllic French homeland, where he wants her to live with him.
But now 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 if she is actually ready to leave everything behind for a new 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 on the breathtaking French Riviera, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home.
As they entered the lobby of their apartment building, Philippe led Katherine to the antiquated elevator that they seldom used anymore. “Let’s do this again, like the day you came back with me from the air port. Now it will be even more official.”
They kissed their way to the next floor, then Philippe scooped Kat up into his arms and through their open apartment door. “Across the threshold, just like last time,” Kat laughed, “but I don’t think we’ll leave a trail of clothes to the bedroom this time.”
“Well, we could . . .” Philippe answered with a sly grin.
“Oh sure, leave it up to me!” Kat laughed as he looked at her with an exaggerated puppy-dog expression. “I know you’re dying to get to the market to meet with Gilles and get caught up. Besides, you have a case of Crottin de Chavignol you need to put in the cooler! Allez, zou!”
Philippe carried her to the closet that held their biking helmets. “And I know you don’t want to wait another moment to hop on your bike and go see Simone! Oui?”
As Philippe set her down gently, Katherine pinched his cheek lightly. “You’re absolutely right about that. What a difference a few months make in a relationship!”
They looked at each other with comfortable confidence.
“You know how it goes, Chouchou. Now I’ve got the ring—that’s it for sex!”
“Meet me at the market after your visit and we will discuss that further,” Philippe instructed, eyebrows raised. Then, with a quick bise, he was out the door.
Katherine stood still for a moment holding onto that last bise—such a simple thing—and thinking how happy Philippe made her feel.
In the kitchen, she gazed down the lane after she opened the win dow and unclasped the shutters. Leaning out, she breathed in the cool air and then ran her hand up the wooden slats of the shutters as she fastened them back to the wall. A smile played on her lips as she took in the scene.
A dog barked and another replied. Voices of children coming home for lunch would soon bounce off the uneven walls of the timeworn buildings lining the cobblestone alley. Clothes hung on lines across windows.
As the colorful items fluttered in a light breeze, Kat noted the pleasure this scene always gave her. Yes, it’s small things that help make this home to me. I should feel this is home. I want to feel it. I’ve got to let go of my fear once and for all.
About the Author:
About the Author:
Patricia Sands is a Canadian writer whose heart remains in the south of France no matter where else she may be. She has recently been signed to a contract with Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing. Find Patricia at her Amazon or Facebook Author Page or her website.
Her award-winning novels are The Bridge Club (2010, Foreward Reviews Book of The Year finalist), The Promise of Provence (2013, Amazon Hot New Release), Promises To Keep (released in Sept. 2014 as a #1 Bestseller in France Travel category) and I Promise You This (May, 2016, #1 Bestseller in France Travel category).
In June 2017, Patricia will lead a women-only tour to discover the south of France of her novels. Click here for details on her website.