The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted
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The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

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“Every good love story has another love hiding within it.”

Brokenhearted and still mourning the loss of her husband, Heidi travels with Abbott, her obsessive-compulsive seven-year-old son, and Charlotte, her jaded sixteen-year-old niece, to the small village of Puyloubier in the south of France, where a crumbling stone house may be responsible for mending hearts since bef...more
Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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This novel has been compared to Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir that I absolutely hated. Thankfully for The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, this novel was everything that Eat, Pray, Love wasn't. It had characters that I cared about and a plot that actually moved. By the end of the book I wasn't happy it was over; I was sad there weren't more pages to read.

Two years after her husbands tragic death, Heidi is still struggling to come to terms with it. Then, when her family's home in southern France...more
This book touched me in a deep and personal place. I have seen countless portrayals of love; most are simplistic. All of Bridget Asher's books manage to capture this elusive concept in staggering detail and complexity. With each passing book her storytelling skills increase and she is able to reach ever higher levels of truth.

In addition to love, her books give equal attention to loss and grief. Most, if not all, of this complexity comes from the melding, blending, and transforming power of the...more
I know this book has gotten a lot of good reviews but it bordered on drivel. Part of that is because while I am the first to say that recovering from grief takes as long as it takes, you have to have some desire to stop wallowing in it, bathing it in, reveling in and defining yourself by it. And that's what Heidi does. Her husband was killed in a freak accident 2 years earlier. Her business (a pastry shop) is alive only because of her business partner. Her son has become extremely neurotic. And...more
Heidi is brokenhearted and lost after the death of her husband and soul mate Henry in an auto accident. Her mother "sends" her to renovate and repair the broken down family house in a small village in Provence, along with her 7 year-old obsessive-compulsive son and her teenage niece, also suffering some heartbreak of their own.

I will be reviewing this book in more detail for a Book Tour in March but I really enjoyed it. Well-written, good characters and a good blend of humor and sadness.

This book did not begin until page 130. Yes, that is right, you have to wade through that many pages for the story to really get its start, to become interesting. The first hundred pages deal with the depth of grief a widow has over her deceased husband and how every moment is consumed with thoughts of him and protecting their young child. The grief was overwhelming and strong and had me thinking that this was not the book that I wanted it to be. Finally, after page 100 or so our widow and her s...more
Lisa Christen
This is a good ole easy read which is good for a sunny day (or cloudy as we have in the Pacific Northwest) when you need to feel some love!!

This story is about Heidi who has recently lost her husband, Henry, and is now lost in a cloud of sadness and remembrances. Fortunately she has her son Abbott, who I am sure keeps her grounded. Heidi's mother and sister, seeing that she is in the rut that she is in, "force" her to go to the family home in France (you wouldn't even have to think about forcin...more
I loved this novel. It's aimed at the heart, big-time. I teared up so many times reading it. I adored being back in France; Asher evokes that setting wonderfully, the food, the light, the French. She is especially spot-on in bringing to life the sweet and sad complexities of family life. Three thumbs up.
What a wonderful story. Heidi is still mourning the tragic death of her adored husband Henry in a car crash two years before; she constantly thinks of him; she still weeps constantly over her loss. Heidi's seven-year-old son, Abbott, also has never stopped missing his father and has become an obsessive-compulsive over germs. Heidi’s sister and mother think that enough is enough and that it really is time for Heidi to start to live again. There is a house in Provence that has been in the family f...more
Ricki Jill Treleaven
This week I read The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher. I know many of you have emailed me about this book, wondering when I was going to read it. I finally got around to it, and I love it.

I want to warn you that if you have been grieving lately, the first 124 pages of the book might be a bit too intense because Heidi, the main character, is grieving over the death of her husband who died two years previously. They truly had a great marriage and loved each other very much. Som...more
If you can read this book and not be full of longing for Provence then there is something terribly the matter with you!

I savored every minute of this book. I allowed the ideas to soak into my heart and I really feel blessed to have been able to read it. The characters are delightful, unpredictable and beautiful. I truly felt like I was being taught how to write as I read. A wise author, Julianna Baggot, :), once told me that to create beautiful writing you have to blend the good with the bad; m...more
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"..We were told the house could make love manifest. It was capable of performing miracles."

I have to say first of all that even though this book was well written it was actually even more depressing initially than I expected from the title! I wasn't expecting a wholly happy story, obviously- but this book was a bit of a slog to get through from the go and I did wonder if I should continue to persevere with it. I was having a fairly happy Friday- until I...more
Does this book make everyone think of their own heartaches? their own losses in life? While reading this book I allowed myself to wallow in sef-pity for the exquisite and sharp pain of being abandoned and left with two children to raise, alone. To remember the hurt that they felt, that they still feel of being abandoned too. I've had that argument in my own mind, the one with Heidi and Julien (I love that name...a memory from my 19-year old self buying a Julien Clerc record on the Champs Elysees...more
Regina Spiker
A lovely little book that tugs on your heartstrings and pulls you into the characters and setting...

A young widow, Heidi, with a son, Abbott, can not move forward after her husband's tragic car accident. Her mother and sister thrust her into as what they describe as a "needed lost summer" at their homeplace in Provence, France in hopes that the magical stone house and countryside will bring her back to life. Heidi also takes her niece, misunderstood 16 year old Charlotte, along with her. The lov...more
Elphaba J
Um amor eterno foi perdido, abruptamente, antes do tempo sem que jamais possa ser recuperado e ausência, oca, cumpre-se através de uma saudade que jamais se desvanecerá.
Num local sublime, uma mulher perdida, terá de reflectir sobre o passado e encontrar na vida a magia necessária para cumprir o seu futuro.

Provença O Lugar Mágico Onde se Curam Corações Partidos é um livro que se encontra dividido em duas partes destintas. Uma primeira parte confessa a mágoa, as cinzas, deixadas pela dor e pela pe...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I love the premise that a home or a place can have healing powers. Heidi's family home in Provence, France has always had the power to do just that. Heidi's mother escaped there one summer after a heartbreak and came back whole. Heidi's sister escaped to Provence with her boyfriend and came back engaged. When Heidi finds herself in Provence with her son and niece, she isn't so sure that the house will work its magic on her.

Bridget Asher captured a wonderful character in Heidi's voice. I could re...more
I just have to finish what I start which is how I got the end of the book. This book is a great example of why first person narrative can be frustrating; Heidi has lost her beloved husband, Henry to a freak car accident...and Heidi's narrative meanders all over the place, illustrating how her life is out of focus since Henry's death...I just found it tiresome instead of feeling her grief. I was on page 70-something and considered giving it up...but I liked the character of Charlotte, the teen wi...more
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted" by Bridget Asher was a book I really enjoyed. Most of the book is set in Provence, France which I loved. The main character, Heidi, owns a bakery called The Cake Shop. After her husband dies in an unexpected accident, her mother convinces her to take her young son and her sister's step-daughter to a house that her mother owns in Provence to oversee some remodelling. The house has a personality of it's own and Heidi has grown up with stories of love made r...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Bridget Archer has done it again. She has written a book that makes you look at your own life while immersing yourself in her character’s lives. The lure of two cultures connecting, of love and heartache becoming one, of healing and of joy is what The Provence Cure For the Brokenhearted is all about and more. A book worth sharing with friends.

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It took me to well over half way through this book to forgive the author for making this a sappy romance instead of a book about Heidi going to France to put her mother's house and herself in order. It was in my humble opinion for too heavy on Heidi's grief which she obviously wanted to keep hold of instead of living. I thought the book was just okay and cannot say I would recommend it to anyone.
Lance Carlson
never rose above chicklit.......i shoulda checked reviews before reading. when women write romantic novels the men are always reduced to incredibly handsome, sensitive, always concerned about the women's needs and never theirs......should be in the fantasy genre.
ah...well......on to something better and slightly less ensconced in romantic fog
There are no surprises in this book except for the quality of the descriptions...'grief is a love story told backwards.' Or "ever since Henry's death, I'd been losing things. i lost keys, sunglasses, checkbooks. i lost a spatula and found it in the freezer, along with a bag of grated cheese.' I wish that Heidi would obsess a little less about lost love, but, thank goodness, what do i know about the pains of widowhood and how long they last? and, that she finds love in the end, is foreshadowed by...more
In this tender novel, Bridget Asher has perfectly captured a young widow's great love and loss. In Heidi Buckley and other memorable characters, she has created a moving portrait of recouping after loss and secrets. Being able to spend time in Provence isn't too shabby, either!
Horrible, predictable, tedious- had to force myself to finish it. So much whining- it was hard to feel anything but impatience for the protagonist.
Very predictable, I found the characters unrealistic, unsympathetic and hard to follow at times.
Kathy Rogers
I almost read this book in one setting - engaging, emotionally satisfying. Basically a story of healing and coming back to life after horrible loss.

The heroine is a widow with a young son who is still wrapped up in her grief two years after her husband is killed in a car crash. Her family tries valiantly to help her overcome her grief with little effect until she returns to the family home in Provence, where circumstances intervene in her return to happiness. The device of a house as healer is a...more
Feb 01, 2012 Mafi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Outro que vai direitinho para a wishlist. :)
It's a sweet book,to begin with!
The story is basically simple-Despite the fact that the plot gets quite complicated according to Heidi,the novel's main protagonist.You read similar stories by many female authors who believe in happy endings!
All in all,it makes for a good read;I won't call it a must-read but you won't regret reading it,in any case :)

It's not all that intense but you sort of get into the story and its setting(I love the setting); a sweet love story,and yes, you'll enjoy it,I promi...more
Vmichelle Skinner
To be fair, I should probably say "half-read" or "skim read the second half" - I suppose I wasn't that enchanted with it, which is why I found myself skimming the second half. I can't accuse it of not being decently written. I'd say the writing style is long the lines of women's fiction. Not quite upmarket, but higher than mainstream. I think what got to me, honestly, was just too darn much heartbreak in the beginning. It's the dwelling and dwelling and dwelling on her relationship with her sadl...more
I think The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is a beautifully written book with wonderful characters. I connected to the story so much that I had a hard time reading it because I didn't want to know if anything bad was going to happen. I didn't want the characters to hurt anymore or experience any more grief in their lives.

The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted is about a woman's travel to south France to a house that has been in her family for many years and is purported to work great love...more
In the wake of her husband's death, Heidi and her 8 yr old son Abbot are lost. Struggling to get through an ordinary day, the offer of a change of scenery seems like just what they need. Heidi's mother quickly arranges for them to spend the summer in Provence, fixing up an old family home, and for them to take the inconvenient stepchild, 16 yr old Charlotte with them. It becomes a summer of healing where secrets past and present are revealed and all three of the travelers discover hidden sources...more
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