|Taking Root in Provence|
Today I am taking part in a
virtual tour and giveaway in association with France Book Tours
for the novel
Taking Root in Provence
by Anne-Marie Simmons. To enter the giveaway for a
copy of this book please email email@example.com
with Taking Root in Provence
as the email subject. This is a worldwide giveaway
open to anyone. The winner will be the first name drawn on 3rd
December 2013, good luck.
Two expatriates left Washington
DC in search of the ideal place to retire where climate, culture, accessibility
and natural beauty all had a role to play. Curious about the vaunted quality of
life in the south of France, they traveled the length and width of Provence
where, preferring the city to the countryside, they decided to settle in the
ancient town of Aix-en-Provence. That was in 1998 and Taking Root in Provence
is the story of their slow integration into the French mainstream — both easier
and more difficult than expected but ultimately successful.
In a series of vignettes
Anne-Marie Simons gives us a warts-and-all picture of life among the French and
with warmth and humor shares her lessons learned. Contrary to most publications
about Provence, this book focuses on life in the city rather than the quiet
countryside, and promises to be both informative and revealing to those who
want to spend more than a passing holiday here.
I have to admit to becoming
totally absorbed in this gentle read that draws you into discovering a new life
in Provence. I have new places I now want to visit and certainly fêtes and
festivals I want to experience. Who knew there were so many fêtes to be
celebrated in one smallish area of France? It was great to have an insider
guide to so many cultural events and shows just how well Anne-Marie and her
husband have integrated into the area. I did feel that my little corner of
Poitou-Charentes is most definitely lacking in the fête department.
is not just an exploration of a beautiful part of France, but a thoughtful look
at the people they meet too, whether new friends and neigbours or market
traders happy to share a recipe or advice on cooking the produce. France, the
French and some of their unique characteristics are explained with a touch of
humour from the author’s perspective in this book that I thoroughly enjoyed
I also loved the recipes from her
husband Oscar, which include some real Provancal delicacies, and I will be
giving the pissaladière a try, as it is one of my favourites. This book really
does have a little bit of everything from food, to people, to discovering an
area and it’s traditions.
About the author:
Anne-Marie Simons has worked as a
translator, teacher, journalist, sportswriter (covering Formula 1 races), and
director of corporate communications.
Her Argentine husband, Oscar,
left a career in international development banking to become an expert on
Provençal cooking and other local pleasures. You can find Anne-Marie at her
. Taking Root in Provence
is published by
Distinction Press and is available in paperback and ebook format. Links to
Amazon are below. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to be in with a chance of
winning your own paperback copy of this book.