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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: March 2011 ISBN: 9781470801724
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie Cornelison | 2/4/2014

    " Oh, I loved this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. But most of all it made me believe in love! Bridget Asher captured my heart with this beautiful love story. I'm sure she will capture yours as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/28/2014

    " I would have given this book a three and a half. It is certainly not great literature but just a good read. We all need a little escape and a fun fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryJane | 1/21/2014

    " A wonderful, thoughtful summer read! I'm almost done with it - torn between making it last longer and wanting to indulge in gulping it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Martin | 1/18/2014

    " This book was absolutely charming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/14/2014

    " I was almost totally depressed at the beginning of the book--I guess I was feeling Heidi's loss also, but I loved the way it ended (happily). It was a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Beyer | 1/13/2014

    " took some time to finish , a very mixed story , did enjoyed it in the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 12/9/2013

    " A nice, quiet story of broken hearts and healing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/25/2013

    " This book has a lot more substance than other typical romance books. It makes you think about your own life, where you've been and where you're headed. Highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/4/2013

    " a really great super fast luxury read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Torpey | 10/23/2013

    " An interesting twist on moving on after things do not turn out as you planned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie Crawford | 10/2/2013

    " I like this kind of story. Family and history and a connection to a special home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 9/6/2013

    " Simply enchanting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise Smith | 7/29/2013

    " This one sounded like a lovely idea, but couldn't hold my attention so I moved onto something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/13/2013

    " Light, fluffy enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelie | 11/3/2012

    " Love the romance of this story. Who wouldn't want a second chance at true love. Love the characters and the old house. Yeah! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caitlin | 9/4/2012

    " Besides being predictable, painfully sappy, and downright outlandish, the author included many false assertions such as when it is 9 am in France, it is 3 pm in Florida. This is the last time I decide to read a book based solely on the fact that it takes place in Provence! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 7/21/2012

    " I love all things French including this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Whitcraft | 5/15/2012

    " Best part was recognizing towns we visited this June while in Provence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Harding mcelroy | 5/14/2012

    " Very easy read. Loved it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 4/9/2012

    " Very predictable "women's fiction". Not much substance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bethany | 12/31/2011

    " It's the French version of Under The Tuscan Sun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/1/2011

    " Great story of a widow going to Provence to get over her heartbreak. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse Rudin | 9/18/2011

    " Fun escape. A young widow and her son escape to Provence to find herself. Entertaining way to pass the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 8/26/2011

    " It was kind of cool that the main character makes her home in Tallahassee, where I live and she references places here that really exist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 8/10/2011

    " Randomly chosen to be book 24 for 2012! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margery | 6/26/2011

    " Chick lit - a love story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 6/21/2011

    " Cute and easy beach read. No real surprises, but you'll enjoy the ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyse | 6/20/2011

    " Fun escape. A young widow and her son escape to Provence to find herself. Entertaining way to pass the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/4/2011

    " I sometimes got a little tired of the main character's cluelessness, but the setting (of course) was lovely and the child characters were a trip. "

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About the Author
Author Bridget Asher

Bridget Asher is the author of My Husband’s Sweethearts, The Pretend Wife, and The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.