For your reading pleasure …

If it’s Friday, it must be France …

If you are dreaming of spending time here …

Vieux Port,Nice-PSandPhotos
Vieux Port,Nice-PSandPhotos

Or  here …


Or here …

Monte Carlo-PSandsPhotos
Monte Carlo-PSandsPhotos

Or here …


There’s nothing like a good read to whet your appetite even more:


The Man Who Planted Trees         Jean Giono

A Year In Provence                           Peter Mayle (and any other of his long list

of books set in Provence)

The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers                           Ted Jones


La Séduction: How The French Play

The Game of Life                                 Elaine Sciolino

My Life in France                                 Julia Child, Alex Prud’Homme

Jean De Florette                                    Marcel Pagnol

Manon Of The Springs                        Marcel Pagnol

Tender Is The Night                                 F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Ladies Paradise                              Emile Zola

Loser Takes All (short story)               Graham Greene


Chocolat                                                             Joanne Harris

Seduction: A Novel of Suspense        M.J. Rose

Taking Root in Provence

Anne-Marie Simons

Words In a French Life                                  Kristin Espinasse

The Olive Farm      Carol Drinkwater

Click this Amazon link for a list of Provence Cote d’Azur tour books


Madame Bovary                    Gustave Flaubert


A Tale of Two Cities               Charles Dickens

Candide                                      Voltaire

Any books written by Victor Hugo

I’ve got more but let’s start with these.

What books about France have you read that we need to know about? Tell me any other titles you would like to see on this list and I will add them faster than you can say “baguette”! Thanks! Merci!

Tour update: Our first women’s tour to the south of France with the Womens Travel Network sold out in a flash so a second has been added from  June 25 to July 5, 2014. Call your BFF and make a plan!  Click here for all the deets! 


Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

12 thoughts on “For your reading pleasure …

  1. Some wonderful books you have mentioned above. My favorite is My Life in France! A wonderful book written by such an animated personality! She definitely was a pioneer in the early days.

  2. Here’s one of my favorites: “Everybody Was So Young” by Amanda Vaill, about Gerald and Sara Murphy’s life. It plays in part at their Villa America in Cap d’Antibes where they entertained so many artists of the day: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, Picasso etc. What a life and what a time!

    1. Thank you for that suggestion, Anne-Marie. I will add it to the next list I publish and I’m going to get it to read immediately! Amazon stopped co-operating with me when I was adding the links to this list so I am going to get back to fixing that this morning. I think the message to me was “Go to bed”!

  3. I’ve always rather liked Sartre’s “Nausea” but I would not take offense if you excluded it from your list. I think that would confirm that you’re sane. Lovely pictures.

    1. LOL! I have vague memories of that book when I was in my Sartre/existentialist phase, back in the day. The memories are vague for a variety of reasons … ah, the Psychedelic Sixties …

  4. I picked up a wonderful supplement some time ago, reading your way around Provence (it’s in French) to give you when you next visit. I am sure there will be some interesting additions, I am in London currently so I can’t go and have a look at it for you, but very soon, you will have your very own copy!

    However for a contemporary, cosy mystery you can’t beat M.L.Longworth’s Death at the Chateau Bremont, Murder in the Rue Damas and her newly published (in May 2013) Death in the Vinesall set here in Aix-en-Provence. She is a foodie and wine connoisseur (as is Judge Antoine Verlaque), so if you appreciate gastronomic delights, Provence and a cosy mystery, these books offer it all wrapped up in one!

    You can learn more about Longworth’s books on her website here, or read reviews on Goodreads here.

    1. Merci, Claire! Longworth’s books sound delicious in a number of ways! I will most definitely add them to the next list and must get down to reading them myself. Thank you for saving the supplement for me. I can’t wait to collect it from you in person in the very near future!

  5. You might also like the books of Mary-Jane Deeb. They are set in Gasse, Cannes, Nice France. They are mystery books that I think are a fun read. You can get these books from Amazon too.


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