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The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,170 ratings  ·  357 reviews
“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
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sandra
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
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Sara
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
Jodi
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
Zoe
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
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Deb
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.

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María
4 de 5 estrellas.
- Lo mejor: El entorno, la maravillosa provenza francesa. La felicidad de las cosas sencillas, la forma de encontrarse, de perderse y de salir adelante.
- Lo peor: Un tanto previsible y con un toque algo dramático que entristece un poco.
- El mejor personaje: Abbot, es adorable... un niño especial
- El que menos me ha gustado: Daniel, que ser tan tan egoísta.

Lo recomiendo para estos días de verano, es entretenido, sentimental y te permite viajar a un pueblo precioso
Kimberly
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
Heidi
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.
Latarsha
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
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Lisa
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
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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
Sandra
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.
Peachyteachy
Horrible, predictable, tedious- had to force myself to finish it. So much whining- it was hard to feel anything but impatience for the protagonist.
Janelle
Very predictable, I found the characters unrealistic, unsympathetic and hard to follow at times.
Sally906
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
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*Christie*
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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MyGoodBookshelf
(This review also appears on Amazon.co.uk)

"..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
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ThePinkCarrot
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
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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
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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
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BJ
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.

Matilda
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Wisteriouswoman
I struggled through this cloyingly sappy love story. Once I got to page 240 I just couldn't take it any more. It didn't make a lot of sense and from a feminist standpoint I just didn't like Heidi.

Supposedly she was an incredibly creative baker with her own pastry shop. The author could have done so much more with that. She is constantly focused on her husband and the fact that she is a widow and she tries to keep him with her in her mind every time she does something or goes somewhere. Please..t
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tsukino
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Helen
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
Hannah
I can't say that I liked this book. The exclamation across the back calling out its similarities to 'Under The Tuscan Sun' should have clued me in. 'Under The Tuscan Sun' is everything this book is not - real. And poignant.

I found it hard to connect to the characters, and harder still to feel for them. Which is not great when they are enveloped in so much tragedy. It was too much and too little all at once. I don't feel you ever get to know the characters. Or to really see Provence, or the mount
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Lisa
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!
Erika
I think I was very generous by giving it one single star.
I dont think I have ever read a book that made me so annoyed, so frustrated!
This book has so many potentials, but it turned out was just painful.
Heidi was driving me mad! I dont think there was a page where she didnt want to cry, where Henry didnt appear.
I cant imagine what its like to loose a husband, but after 2 years Heidi was behaving like he died the day before! And she had something to live for, her son! And her family were there fo
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