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Patricia Sands

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October 2-13


Drawing Lessons

Drawing Lessons

(women’s fiction)

 Release date: October 1, 2017
at Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 978-1542045872
352 pages

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The author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself…

Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.

Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat—as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy—Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light.

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I Promise You This Patricia SandsPatricia Sands
lives in Toronto,
but her heart’s other home is the South of France.
An avid traveler, she spends part of each year
on the Côte d’Azur
and occasionally leads groups of women
on tours of the Riviera and Provence.
Her award-winning 2010 debut novel, The Bridge Club,
is a book-group favorite,
and The Promise of Provence, which launched her three-part Love in Provence series
(followed by Promises to Keep and I Promise You This),
was a finalist for a 2013 USA Best Book Award
and a 2014 National Indie Excellence Award,
was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013,
and was a 2015 nominee for a #RBRT Golden Rose award in the category of romance.
Sands also contributes to such Francophile websites as The Good Life France
and Perfectly Provence, and she appears as a public speaker for women’s groups.

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Locks, Hooks and Books

It is so well written and has become one of my favorites of the year. I want to read more from Patricia Sands in the future. Most definitely a must read.
Highly recommended.
100 stars.

The French Village Diaries

The descriptions of Provence, the colours and scents of the markets, the history, the beauty of the wild Camargue, as well as the food, as seen through the artist eyes of her characters was sublime; I could reread this book again and again.


As a minister and elder advocate, I applaud Ms.Sands treats these subjects with tenderness. Having read almost everything she has written, I am in awe of the mirror she holds up to the human psyche.
This is a book to be cherished. 5+ Stars and a spot on my list of the best books of 2017.

An Accidental Blog

Sands is a connoisseur of France, carefully taking us along on the sensory journeys in France, from the Roman ruins in Arles to the delicate taste of wine and each scrumptious meal.
I enjoyed this novel and felt refreshed afterward


The description the France, the local food, the culture, Vince Van Gogh’s paintings and the illness, all are just perfectly done.
A beautiful read!

I am, Indeed

Sands does so many things right in this book.
Sands brings the place, scents, tastes and magic of Provence to your fingertips, spurring you on for your own sojurn to the south of France.

Grass Monster

Set against the beautiful backdrop that is Provence in France, Patricia Sands has filled this story with such vivid descriptions and its wonderful surroundings.
There are some great characters in this and they really come alive as we progress through the story.
A beautiful written book with a mixture of sadness, joy and self discovery.
Looking forward to more from Patricia Sands.

Musings of a Writer & Unabashed Francophile

Her descriptions of France and of her characters are so vivid that I find it quite easy to bring them all to life in my mind.
This book was on the quieter, introspective side, and it was just what I was looking for.

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