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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bridget Asher Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of My Husband’s Sweethearts and The Pretend Wife comes a moving novel about love and hope in the face of loss, in which a small house in the French countryside may be responsible for mending hearts since World War II.

Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbot, her obsessive-compulsive eight-year-old son, and Charlotte, her intolerably jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to spend the summer repairing their family home in a small village in the south of France. There, thousands of miles from home, Charlotte makes a shocking confession, and Heidi learns the truth about her mother’s “lost summer” when she was a child. As three generations collide with each other, the neighbor next door—who seems to know all their family secrets—and an enigmatic Frenchman, they’ll journey through love, loss, and healing amid the lavender fields, warm winds, and pistou soup of Provence.

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  • The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted will have you canceling dinner plans, staying up all hours, and flat out ignoring your family, just so you can keep reading…An absorbing, beautifully written tale about life, death, love, food, and the magic of new possibilities.”

    J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A wicked sense of humor and multilayered characters…Asher is especially adept at portraying Heidi’s dry wit and Charlotte’s sullen sarcasm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers who enjoy widow lit like Lolly Winston’s Good Grief and Jane Green’s The Beach House or travel-induced transformation books like Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love will find common themes in Asher’s engaging third novel…and become quickly invested in the lives of the deftly drawn characters.”

    Library Journal

  • “A tearjerker of a novel for both foodies and fans of tightly knit family stories.”


  • “Unabashedly romantic and unafraid of melancholy, Asher’s book is a real charmer about a Provençal house that casts spells over the lovelorn.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Lovely, pointed, and poignant, filled with specifics about love and grief presented gorgeously.”

    Rachael Herron, author of How to Knit a Love Song

  • “An enchantment of a book, woven out of Bridget Asher’s tenderness toward her characters, her love of the French countryside, and a gentle faith in possibilities. It held me spellbound from the first word to the last, when I put it aside with a sigh of both regret and deepest satisfaction…I madly, madly, madly loved this book!”

    Barbara O’Neal, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life

  • “Love and its sweet secrets bloom gloriously in The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. Bridget Asher offers up a sumptuous exploration of how grief, love, and joy, when stirred just right, ferry us home to the people and places we most cherish. Asher’s novel brims with wisdom and laughter, teaching us anew that hope resides in unexpected places: a charred box of beloved recipes, a troubled child’s earthy wisdom, an ailing house in need of an artful hand, a mother who listens to a silent mountain, and a kiss that unlocks the puzzle of what forever truly means.”

    Connie May Fowler, author of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly

  • “I enjoyed The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted so much—it’s well written, beautifully characterized, extremely atmospheric, and at times very touching—an enchanting and compelling tale.”

    Isabel Wolff, author of A Vintage Affair

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Kind of an Under the Tuscan Sun knock off but I loved the French setting and the food was fascinating. There were some objectionable words and scenes (1 or 2)for those of you who don't like that but nothing graphic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diana | 2/12/2014

    " Really really enjoyed it. Beautifully written but still very easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chrissy | 2/9/2014

    " I liked this. Deeply moving. The passages on grief almost made me ache. . . but it was raw and real. And I loved the almost magical quality that the house and food took on. . . kind of like hints of Chocolat or Like Water for Chocolate in that way. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/7/2014

    " Oh, my! Two years after her husband's sudden death, Heidi focuses on keeping him alive through her memories rather than trying to move on. Her young son has issues of his own. And then it's off to the South of France where her mother owns a house with "magical" powers, and we can all see where this is heading! I found the story a little melodramatic, and the ending is quite predictable. Heidi's sister's name is Elysius - you don't hear that very often! "

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About the Author
Author Bridget Asher

Bridget Asher lives on the Florida panhandle with her husband, who is lovable, sweet, and true of heart—and who has given her no reason to inquire about his former sweethearts.