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Patricia Sands Reveals The Promise of Provence

It all started with a backpacking trip to France in 1967. Patricia Sands spent her 21st year travelling and working in Europe, taking in the sights with her peers. After those 12-months, she was hooked on travel and unaware of the promises that Provence held in her future.

Life moved forward, and Patricia became the mother of two boys. She describes that period as “happy and busy.” She was a stay-at-home mum with a wonderful husband. “We were living our dream in a log house in the middle of a five-acre forest a half-hour west of Toronto.” In November 1988, tragedy struck, and her husband died suddenly of pancreatic cancer. Patricia was 43 and a single mother who needed to reinvent herself.

“Become a Possibilitarian” is Patricia’s personal mantra.

This special lady sees nothing but possibilities in life and is helping others to do the same. Patricia went back to university so that she could be an elementary school teacher. She remarried and circled her arms around a blended family of seven children! Patricia and her husband now have six grandchildren as well.

The threads of Patricia’s latest career pursuit started at her bridge club. This group of ladies, some of whom had been friends for 50-years, had shared a lot more than hands-of-cards during those years. In 2005, Patricia began writing The Bridge Club as a bit of a lark. Encouraged by her girlfriends to publish the book she did so by following the self-publishing route. She says, “it has been a good journey for me.”

So, what is her Provence connection?

#Provence Patricia Sands Author @patricia_sands

Since her first encounter in 1967, France has featured heavily in Patricia’s travel plans. For the last 15-years, she and her hubby have visited Provence every year – often using a home exchange network.

Seriously who would not dream of 4-1/2 months in a rental apartment in Antibes? Inspired by her surroundings and the Cote d’Azur vibe Patricia began the first draft of The Promise of Provence it was published in 2013. Since that time, Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing (women’s fiction) purchased her Love In Provence trilogy and Patricia continues to write novels set in the south of France.

If you already love Provence or you are searching for the Promise of Provence pick up Patricia’s books and start packing your bags. This is what her readers are saying “The best vacation without leaving home.” Here is Patricia’s website.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).


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    December 17, 2014 at 8:01 am — Reply

    Merci, Carolyne ~ Thanks so much for inviting me to Perfectly Provence! What a pleasure to spend time with the visitors to your fabulous new site. I’m loving the variety of articles you share here!

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      December 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm — Reply

      Many thanks Patricia! I am certain that the ladies joining together for your trip to Provence in June 2015 will be in for a trip to remember. Happy Holidays.

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    December 21, 2014 at 8:29 am — Reply

    Patricia it was terrific getting to know you and your connection with Provence better through the article. We can hardly wait to meet you and your tour group (of ladies) next June.

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      December 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm — Reply

      Carolyne, I posted on my blog before your wonderful Christmas issue was online. I’ve edited the wording on this post and was so delighted to see Anne-Marie’s excerpt. Joyeux Noël!

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        December 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm — Reply

        Thanks so much Patricia! I agree Anne-Marie’s “Provence” makes us all want to move there :-)

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