About my novels

About The Promise of Provence

The Promise of Provence is  available in onAmazon.com,  Amazon.caAmazon.co.uk and Amazon.co.fr.  In Toronto, you will find it on the shelf in Ben McNally’s beautiful bookstore at 366 Bay Street and in the intimate and welcoming A Novel Spot at 270 The Kingsway (Humbertown Plaza). 

If you are lucky enough to be in the Collingwood/Thornbury area, pop into Jessica’s Book Nook  or Happenstance Books in Lakefield, ON! My books are there too!

You may also order The Promise of Provence from any of your local bookstores by giving this ISBN 9780991931316.

Thank you to all the readers who have already taken the time to post a review or have e-mailed me to say how they loved the story. There is no greater reward for an author and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Synopsis:

June in Provence is full of promise when Katherine arrives from Canada, eager to feel renewed by her surroundings. Endless rows of lavender prepare to burst into pink and purple blooms. Fields of sunflowers flow in golden waves among vineyards and olive groves overlooked by ancient hilltop villages. It’s the postcard setting she envisioned, but is that all she needs?

After a year of heartbreak, Katherine has impulsively agreed to a home exchange in the south of France. Colorful locals, a yellow lab named Picasso, and the inspiring beauty of the countryside breathe new life into her days.

Seeking to shed the pain of betrayal and loss, she struggles to recapture her joie de vivre and searches for the answer to a haunting question: is it too late to begin again?

“Be prepared to fall in love with Provence! This is a story that will draw you in with its vibrancy in setting and characters. A must read for any woman with a desire for romance and travel.”     Steena Holmes, author of Amazon bestsellerFinding Emma

 

THE BRIDGE CLUB

How far would you go to help a close friend? Is there a place where you might draw the line and simply have to say no?

The Bridge Club is an entertaining and often moving tale through four decades that span the segments of a woman’s journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years.

The story meets life head on, affirming that true friendship is a priceless asset.

Don’t be confused by the covers! The story is exactly the same but the e-book (on the left)  has its own cover and we had fun designing something with a totally different look.

Keep reading below if you would like to know more about the story.

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Where can you find a story about friendship, laughter and the good things in life that also touches on alcoholism, infidelity, porn addiction, terminal illness and grief? For most women, it’s often within their own circle of friends. Author Patricia Sands reminds us of the complexities of women’s friendships in her new book, The Bridge Club, a moving tale of eight women whose lives intersect once a month initially to play the game of bridge. What began as one night turns into four decades that span the segments of a woman’s journey from youthful optimism to embracing the challenges and opportunities presented in life’s later years.
Based loosely on her own bridge club, Sands weaves the reader through a maze of life’s inevitable scenarios as the club bears the death of a member’s spouse, one woman’s meeting with her biological mother, the inevitable marital and health issues, and another’s final chance at freedom through a surprising and controversial decision.
“There are many subjects I address in the book that are controversial. Some people may wonder if they were chosen to thicken the plot,” says Sands. “Although I have taken liberties with the actual events, and it is truly a work of fiction, most issues faced by the characters in the book were experienced in my own bridge club. The bottom line of the story is a testament to friendship and hope.”
The final chapter of The Bridge Club challenges our principles as one woman begins to descend into dementia.
The Bridge Club is a 1000 GIRLFRIENDS’ BOOK OF CHOICE. We highly recommend this remarkable story of friendship. It’s the PERFECT book club choice.
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For more than forty years, the mantra of the eight women in the Bridge Club has been “one for all and all for one.” Beginning their monthly soiree in the psychedelic Sixties, unpredicted twists of fate weave through the good times and strong friendship they share as the years pass. The constant from one decade to the next is loyal and nonjudgmental support, even when agreeing to disagree is the final solution. From the exhilarating cultural changes of their early times together through the “zoomer” years, their connection never falters.

As they celebrate turning sixty (give or take a year) at a group birthday weekend, each woman recalls a challenging time in her life when the Bridge Club came to the rescue. After tossing around ideas mixed with a generous helping of common sense and a large dose of laughter they decide to refer to that time as their “SOS”. Eight chapters document each one’s story.

Everything is put into perspective and the strength of their friendship is truly tested when one of these women faces a life-altering decision. Her choice profoundly affects all members of the group, pushing the limits of their beliefs and values. The unique alliance they share is confronted with a crisis none of them might have imagined.

29 responses to “About my novels

  1. Checking in again and dismayed to see that I must have done something wrong when I submitted my comments because they are not staying on the blog. :( I really want to register my congratulations to Pat, on the publication of ‘The Bridge Club’, so here goes again. ‘The Bridge Club’ has been a few years in the making, and is proof of Pat’s dedication and determination to share some of the stories from a very special group of friends. Most of us known one another for almost 50 years, and a few have been friends since birth. ‘Special’ is hardly adequate to describe the group, and ‘unique’ only begins to suggest the blend of personalties, challenges and adventures. It’s very exciting to now be holding a copy of the book in my hand! The story is an amazing blend of fact and fiction, that only begins to hint at the strong friendships and intangible ties that exist in our special group of 10. Well done Pat, and thank you!
    Jinty :)

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  7. It was a pleasure meeting you today. Merci Beaucoup for the ride. Looking forward to reading your book(s).

  8. Hello again, you have an outstanding blog, I can only hope someday to figure out all of what blogging entails. I am going to enjoy following you because you are right, we have a lot in common. Glad to meet you.

    • Thanks, Kathryn. I’m sure the ladies of The Bridge Club may well bring back some memories. The final chapter is controversial and thought-provoking and a true testament to the power of friendship. I hope you enjoy the read!

  9. Thank you so much for your wonderful gift! What a lovely surprise. I am so excited to read it — and I would be more than happy to write a review. I also want you to know that I am touched and flattered to hear that you find me inspirational, especially because I am also inspired by you.
    Thank you so much — I look forward to disappearing into the pages of The Promise of Provence. xo

  10. I loved the Promise of Provence!! I keep waiting for the sequel which you mentioned at the end of it. You said it would be out in December, but it is now March and no follow up. Please let us.when it will be available. Thanks.
    Sandypries@comcast.net.

    • Hi Sandy, I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Promise of Provence. I know I did mention I hoped the book would be out by December. However, initially this was just going to be a novella and it has since turned into a full-blown novel, thanks to unexpected adventures Katherine and Philippe have taken me on! I have been keeping readers advised through my newsletter which readers subscribed to by contacting me at the end of the book. I will add your name immediately. I actually gave my readers a sneak peek at the first 20 pages of the new book a while ago, so will send you the link to that as well. Thanks for your patience!

  11. You have ruined my sleep. Just that quick. I ordered The Promise of Provence yesterday, I finished it this morning. Wow, just wow. I cried, I laughed and I fell in love. I am so glad Nick got out of the picture. Too pushy, smarmy, flashy… Too something. Philippe is the real deal, and I love how he loves his family. I want to live near Joy, I want Pico by side and I want to hear and look out to goats in the yard. I want to walk through the grape vines, I want to see fields of lavender and sunflowers. I want to ride a beautiful rusty old bike. I want, I want, I want! ;-) I was very upset after looking on the map and not finding Sainte Mathilde in between Gordes and Roussilon. Funny, I would rather live there than on the coast. To me it was more magical. Although, I have to say, loved the fun the Brown’s had with leaving that big huge key! Loved what Kat did to John’s bike. Very fitting! I think she should have kneed Matt in the pool. It that is just me, in same situation who knows how I would react at the time. I cannot wait to read more about Kat and Philippe, hopefully more about Joy, Pico and Sainte Mathilde. Yes, I fell in love. Thank you!

    • Oh my goodness! I am sitting here grinning from ear to ear! What wonderful comments! It’s such fun to hear from readers who became so involved in the story. I felt the same way … and fell in love with my characters as I was writing the story. I’m having a great time spending time with them now as I finish the first draft of the next novel. It will be out by July. If you have time, it would be wonderful if you just copied what you have written here and pasted it as a review on my Amazon, B&N and Goodreads sites. I will be happy to send you the links. Merci mille fois for sharing your thoughts with me. You made my day!

      • I would be more than happy to post my comment over on Amazon. :-) I am not a member of Barnes and Noble nor Goodreads, but you have my permission to use it, wherever. If you make a million dollars off of it, just remember me! ;-) I am glad that I was able to bring you a grin, just like you brought me while reading. Take care! Christine

  12. You have inspired me so much Patricia! Thanks so much for coming over to my blog and for leaving your message. I’ve just shared my writing process and my memoir book blurb. A very different story and hard-hitting but a story I must tell. I will keep going and believe that I can do it. Many congratulations on your book publications – just wonderful :-) – Sherri

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