Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT I PROMISE YOU THIS by @patricia_sands #Romance #Provence

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‘I Promise You This’ (Love in Provence Book Three) by Patricia Sands

I read the first in this trilogy ‘The Promise of Provence’ last year and very much enjoyed it. Although I haven’t read the second book, the author does a good job of letting the reader know what has happened since the end of Book One, so it wasn’t too difficult to pick up the threads of the story.

Katherine is back in Toronto, taking care of her friend Molly who has suffered severe injuries in a car accident. Being back in her home city with her family and friends and her memories, and being away from Philippe makes Katherine begin to doubt her certainty that France is where she belongs. She loves Philippe, but she wonders if that is enough.

What I really enjoyed about the first book was that Katherine had a humanity to her – she wasn’t perfect, she didn’t find things easy, and she suffered, like we all would, when her world came crashing down. I was happy that she was happy at the end of the novel. She deserved that happiness. In this book, however, I felt that the relatable and human side to her wasn’t as well-drawn. She was a bit too perfect, a bit too wonderful and kind and desirable. It didn’t feel real. Her relationship with Philippe, despite her cold feet, was also too perfect; he was too perfect. While I enjoy a bit of escapism, I do like to be able to identify with, sympathise with and relate to characters. I found that quite difficult to do here. The other characters all seemed far too kind-hearted and generous and supportive too. While people can be all these things, they aren’t all of them all of the time, and for me that meant the book lost the edge of the first n the trilogy.

I also felt that a lot of the dialogue was unrealistic. There were a few occasions, particularly at the beginning, where it seemed to be used to pass information to the reader.

That said, the descriptions of France, as in the first book, were wonderful and engaging and very enjoyable to read. The ending, while sentimental and beautifully soppy, was lovely, and absolutely perfect for the trilogy. I may even have had a tear in my eye. But for me, the book didn’t work as well as the first.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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PLAINT FOR PROVENCE by Jean Gill #BookReview #HistFic

Plaint for ProvencePlaint for Provence by Jean Gill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Plaint for Provence is book 3 in the series. It is set in the 12th century when the present day departments of France were not all under one umbrella.
The Red Queen Alienor has had her marriage to the King of Paris annulled and she is now associated with Henri Courtmantel – Duc d’Anjou. Fearing internal reprisals Alienor sends a message to the knight Dranognetz Los Pros requesting his support at her court.
Actions of “France” don’t bother locals in Provence and supporters of the Lady Baux have their own message for Dragonetz. He is needed by Lady Baux who wishes to impress the current overseer of Provence, the Compte de Barcelone, a fearsome ruler who must placate local Lords.
Dragonetz’s lover Estela de Martin, a singer, is also invited to court. Pulled in many directions, Dragonetz struggles with an opium addiction from his time fighting in the Holy Land. His downfall begins when a no-show at the court of Alienor has her declaring him an oath-breaker and his family thus disinherit him.
There are many characters in this book, often with several names and titles which make it hard to follow. The storyline is slow at times, perhaps reflecting the fact that this is part of a series.

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A Spell In Provence by Marie Laval

A Spell in ProvenceA Spell in Provence by Marie Laval

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Spell in Provence is a romantic suspense set in Provence, France. Amy Carter has left her life in England and come to set up a hotel providing homemade organic food at Bellefontaine. During the purchasing stage the estate agent filled her in on the local stories which surround the house, local legend and some quite scary rumours yet it didn’t put her off.

On her very first day she meets local landowner Fabien Coste who runs Manoir Coste an upmarket hotel and whom the locals call Le Duc. He warns her of the hardships of setting up a hotel business with no experience at all, but he also offers his assistance and friendship.

Whilst clearing her garden Amy discovers a statue and calls in some archaeologists who find evidence of a Roman temple and the connection to the cult of Bona Dea. But Amy has run after run of bad luck and sinister experiences. Locals tell her it’s the curse surrounding her house and it’s connection to the Coste family.

When her opening party is sabotaged, guests leave early and Amy wakes up in her nightdress in the forest it’s time to find out more about the mysterious Goddess and an ancient Gallic tribe.

Lots of sinister events happen in this book to keep you on your toes.

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With few roots in England and having just lost her job, Amy Carter decides to give up on home and start a new life in France, spending her redundancy package turning an overgrown Provençal farmhouse, Bellefontaine, into a successful hotel.

Though she has big plans for her new home, none of them involves falling in love – least of all with Fabien Coste, the handsome but arrogant owner of a nearby château.  As romance blossoms, eerie and strange happenings in Bellefontaine hint at a dark mystery of the Provençal countryside which dates back many centuries and holds an entanglement between the ladies of Bellefontaine and the ducs de Coste at its centre. As Amy works to unravel the mystery, she begins to wonder if it may not just be her heart at risk, but her life too.

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Originally from Lyon in France, Marie studied History and Law at university there before moving to Lancashire in England where she worked in a variety of jobs, from PA in a busy university department to teacher of French in schools and colleges. Writing, however, was always her passion, and she spends what little free time she has dreaming and making up stories. Her historical romances ANGEL HEART and THE LION’S EMBRACE are published by MuseItUp Publishing. A SPELL IN PROVENCE is her first contemporary romance. It is published by Áccent Press.

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