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Secretos en la Provenza

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,884 ratings  ·  329 reviews
Heidi, con el corazón roto por la muerte de su marido, viaja con su hijo de siete años y su sobrina adolescente a un pueblecito en el sur de Francia, donde, según dicen, una ruinosa casa de piedra cura los corazones rotos desde antes de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Una vez allí, acompañados de una vecina que parece conocer todos los secretos de la familia –la madre de Heidi ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Ediciones B (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
This book touched me in a deep and personal way. 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 these
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
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.
Nikki Finn
Tuhle knihu jsem si vybrala v knihkupectví vlastně jen tak do počtu. Opravdu. Nebudu zastírat, líbila se mi obálka a taky jsem měla chuť na něco romantického a to tato kniha slibovala. Autorka mne neskutečně překvapila, již dlouho se mi nestalo, abych si přála, aby kniha ještě nekončila a pokračovala dál. Zamilovala jsem se do obou hlavních hrdinů - ovdovělé Heidy s osmiletým synem, i do Juliena, francouzského kamaráda z dětství. K oběma jsem měla velmi blízko, protože prožívali stavy, které mi ...more
If you had asked me 50 pages in, I would have said this book is a waste of time and worth about 2 stars if you're feeling particularly generous that day. Now that I'm done reading it, I would give it more like 3.25 stars.

The plot is known: Heidi Buckley is still mourning the death of her husband who passed away in a car accident the year before. Heidi's 8 year old son Abbott, has become obsessive compulsive as a way to manage his own grief. Heidi's mom is heartbroken that the family summer home
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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!
I would probably rather give this 3 1/2 stars, but as that is not an option, three will have to suffice. This book had gorgeous descriptions of food and grief, a mountain in Paris and what it can mean to love. Those things drew me in and kept me reading. What killed it for me was the ending. Is it really feasible that a woman spends two years mourning her dead husband and then in the span of less than three weeks (amid the presence of a certain Frenchman) she's just "over it"? Of course, there's ...more
Horrible, predictable, tedious- had to force myself to finish it. So much whining- it was hard to feel anything but impatience for the protagonist.
Ruth Shehigian
Here is what I know. If you've not known grief, real grief, don't comment on how other people, even fictional people, handle their grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Having said that I love a book like this that takes a person with a very personal and emotional story and travels the road back to life with them. I have been there, in an abyss, with no way out, and found my way out through happenstance and coincidence. I have travelled that road with children, believing there was no ...more
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
Feb 01, 2012 Mafi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Outro que vai direitinho para a wishlist. :)
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