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The Magic of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When Yvone Lenard returned to her native France and purchased a house in a hilltop village of Provence, an enchanted world of food, wines, and unusual adventures—including chicken rustling, flirtatious advances from neighbors, and a séance—was opened up before her. This is her account of the spell cast on her by Provence, from her first morning’s visit from a charming ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Elysian Editions
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L Greyfort
Mar 06, 2008 L Greyfort added it
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Leaves a bad taste in the mouth; TO BE AVOIDED.

Having been bitten by the travelogue bug in general, and French travels in particular, I got sucked in by this one after noticing a chapter heading referring to the perils of visiting St. Tropez. I had a messy day trip there once myself, so I thought I might have discovered a soul-mate. No such luck. The coy tone of the writing and and the self-absorbed attitudes would put off permanently anyone who has not had any experience of this exhilarating pa
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I found the stories charming, but struggled with the vagueness of her writing. It bothered me that I didn't know what decade these stories took place in or even really a solid timeline of events. There was also a vagueness in the relationships she writes about, between her and her husband and her and others. I also felt the stories were just a bit too idyllic, even if her story was about something going wrong it always works out in the end.
Denise Grinols
Oct 02, 2013 Denise Grinols rated it really liked it
Loved it! Since I can't go to France and have this experience myself I love reading about other peoples. I got a realistic sense of what it feels like to live in the village and make friends and what life might be like there.
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