Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

I checked out this book from the library about a month ago, and never found the time to read it.  After finishing a book that Kristyn suggested last week about a man's trip in central Africa (very good as well, called Malaria Dreams by Stuart Stevens), I got back into my reading spree.

I picked up this book on Monday night and finished it yesterday.  It's really hard for me to put a book down once I start.  And this book was no exception.  It was wonderful.  I'm more drawn to novels of another era, so for me to check this book out, one written in the 21st century, was a big step.

The book is about loss and love and the inbetween.  The woman lost her husband that she was madly in love with to a tragic accident.  The way she depicted the relationship between her husband and herself was almost pinpoint on how I view my relationship with my husband.  We belong to each other, meant to be together, are each other, love each other.  After 2 years she is still grieving intensely and has an 8 year old son to take care of, even though she can barely take care of herself.  Her family concocts a plan to send her to her mother's childhood home in the south of France, so that she can get away from his memories and start to breath again.  It was a beautiful book and I cried my eyes out several times, but in a good way.

If you are looking for a book to read in the shade of a tree this summer, then I suggest this one.  It's beautiful.  It's a love story told backwards.


Jane said...

Marlan and I can't wait to get the book and read it so don't tell us anything else. LOL We are having fun and wish I could say wish you were here but we really, really, really needed this time alone.... We just VANT to be ALONE!!!! Love you baby girl.

Speckled Kat said...

Oh yay! Definitely read it! Yeah, you 2 did need this time, I'm glad you are having lots of fun! Can't wait to hear all about it :)

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Katie. Love your description of the book, sounds like it would be great. And the blog's new look is really cool. I can't believe you and your friend have read "Malaria Dreams"! I picked that book up in a coffee shop swap yeeeeeears ago and have never seen it anywhere else. Love that book!

Speckled Kat said...

Katie, Malaria Dreams was awesome. Kristyn, my sister in law, lent it to me. She loves all things Africa and hopes to make it there some day. The next time we are all in NY you should tell her about yours and Sharon's trip. I know she'd love to hear about it!

Jessi Brown said...

That is SO weird!!!! I am reading it too!!!!! Just started it recently. :D