The First Noël Christmas Book Patricia Sands
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

The First Noël by Patricia Sands for Holiday Reading

Published at the end of November,  is the first novella in a three-part series by Patricia Sands. The First Noël with its holiday theme is a chance to reconnect with the characters from the Love in Provence series. Or, dive into the story at this point. Giveaway! Leave a comment below …

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Virginia Johnson's Travels French Riviera
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Virginia Johnson’s Travels Through the French Riviera

French Riviera an Artistic Book Whether you have been to the French Riviera countless times or have always dreamed of the place, Virginia Johnson’s “Travels Through the French Riviera” is an insider’s guide from an artist’s perspective. Johnson is a Canadian designer and illustrator, and her book is a compilation …

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The First Noël Christmas Book Patricia Sands
Books on ProvenceKeith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & Culture

Christmas in Provence New Book by Author Patricia Sands

Book Review: The First Noël Kat, Philippe and the gang from the  three-book series are back, in a delightful new novella from Patricia Sands, The First Noël at the Villa des Violettes. Kat and Philippe are looking forward to their first Christmas together at the villa, and what should be a …

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France Book Berets Baguettes
Books on ProvenceLifestyle: Art & CultureMargo Lestz

New France Book: Berets, Baguettes, and Beyond

By Margo Lestz: I’m happy to announce that my new book, Berets, Baguettes, and Beyond: Curious Histories of France is out now. Just in time for the holidays! If there’s someone on your gift list who loves France, maybe this book would fill the bill. is a collection of stories from my blog …

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Love Stories Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Club Finds! Love Stories Inspired by Provence

Provence Love Stories A budding romance, a Provencal setting and voila – a love story. The following list of books only begins to scratch the surface of the popular women’s fiction genre. However, these are authors we recommend as they write beautifully, inviting you into the lifestyle in the South …

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Books Guide Provence Guidebooks
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Allow Books to Guide Your Travels Through Provence

Travel Guides for Provence Remember when we carried around hefty paperbacks to guide our travels? In the 1980s, long before smartphones, tourists faithfully checked these guidebooks for reviews on hotels, restaurants and the must-see sights. Backpackers conscious of space and weight often discarded the pages for a city or region …

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Provencal Cuisine Top Books Food Lovers Cookbooks
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Explore Provencal Cuisine Top Books for Food Lovers

Joy of Cooking in Provence True confession, I am a committed foodie (although the grammar checker that doesn’t seem to like the word). Maybe that admission will get me off the hook for not being able to objectively delete thousands of photos of markets. Over the years we have taken …

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Provence Inspired Memoirs
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provence Inspired Memoirs Books to Add to Your Reading List

For many, Peter Mayle’s best-selling novel “A Year in Provence“ was their introduction to the Provencal countryside. Images of the Côte d’Azur have long covered the pages of travel magazines, but it was Mayle’s descriptions of bumbling through a home renovation in the arrière-pays (translation: backcountry or hinterland) that shifted our view …

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La Petite Josette en Provence Book Cover
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

La Petite Josette en Provence a Children’s Book

Josette’s Provence Published in September 2018, “La Petite Josette en Provence” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book based in Provence. The book is the result of a mother-daughter collaboration that took  3 and ½ years to complete. This children’s story is written primarily in English, but with plenty of French …

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Chef François de Mélogue Cuisine of the Sun, A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Provencal Cuisine of the Sun by Chef François de Mélogue

Provencal Cuisine ‘Cuisine of the Sun, A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate,’ the first cookbook by Chef François de Mélogue, wraps you in a culinary bear hug. The book is seductive, filled with beautiful photography that will make you hungry. Even if you just ate. You need to have …

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