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Amour Provence: A Novel by Constance Leisure
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Amour Provence: A Novel

by Constance Leisure

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A delightful yet thoughtful novel about the meaning of family, commitment, love, loss and search for self. The story is set of interconnecting vignettes of various characters that illustrates small French village life from WWII to the present. The author does an exceptional job of evoking the landscape and expectations, both of which can be harsh, on those living in small villages. But it the little acts of unknown kindness, secrets, and longings that make this novel heartwarming. Beautifully written and just like real life makes this the perfect story to savor.

If you like to people watch and wonder what is behind a smile or frown of people you glance at for a moment or two - this might be the book for you.

This book was provided to me by the publisher and BookBrowse in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  bookmuse56 | Apr 30, 2016 |
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"Didier and Gilberte have known each other since childhood, but their lives have taken different paths while remaining intertwined with those of their neighbors and friends. Their old schoolmate Jeannot, an artist living on the margins, struggles to impart his vision of a worthy life to his angry and rebellious son. His elderly neighbor, the penniless aristocrat Madame de Laubry, now spends her days gathering wildflowers and food in the mountains. There, she befriends Hamidou, an Arab immigrant whose wife defied him by going to work for the village's richest landowner. All of these people know a great deal about one another's hidden attachments, age-old resentments, and closely guarded secrets, so when Didier and Gilberte finally come together after many years, there is almost too much between them to discuss, except perhaps late at night over a glass of late harvest wine-- the vendage made from the sweetest grapes" --Book flap.… (more)

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