Book Review: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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A year in Provence is some sort of a personal memoir written by Peter Mayle.

Describing how his first year living in the French countryside had turned out to be for him and his wife. In which such details were divided into twelve chapters in the book – from January to December.

Actually this decision was something that both of them had been wanting to do. To retire early, and to live a simple life in a small town community. So they’ve packed most of their important belongings and moved into an old farmhouse in the Luberon mountains between Avignon and Aix.

But on their first month in Provence, they were welcomed by the cold winter season. Plus, the house needs a lot of improvements. Which was truly a real struggle for them, and an experience that they were not used to since they usually come to visit the place during the tourist season.

However, despite all of that, Peter and his wife really knew for sure that everything is really going to be worth it. Because Provence is the kind of place that really attracts its visitors of its stunning views of the mountains including its surrounding farms and its vineyards. Another thing is that there’s just something quaint and vintage about its small villages that it tends to feel like you’re on the other side of the world.

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So why do I have an idea about a place that I still haven’t got that chance to visit (but seriously been wanting to)?

Well, before I’ve decided to read the book, I had to make sure that I will have an overview of Provence. So I had to see the film adaptation of Good Year (a novel also written by Peter Mayle) in order to properly visualize this famous countryside, and also to get an idea of some of the important details that might be mentioned in the book – like their usual greetings, the culture of its community, and also their local dishes.

Then by the time I started reading it, I was entirely fascinated by the author’s writing style, for it was very detailed, affable to read, informative, and simply captivating. And even if this was written for almost three decades ago, and that times have already changed since then, I still think that this book is a wonderful reference for anyone who has any plans of visiting France, specifically Provence. In addition to that, it has also a very thorough seasonal account of the place, including those highly recommended restaurants to dine into, and not the usual and overrated restaurants for its tourist.

A year may seem like a short period of time, but a lot has happened since Peter Mayle and his wife had decided to live abroad, and experienced the real charms and frustrations of living a Provencal life, because they’ve truly fallen in love with the place; its people, the food, and how they’ve taken such importance of leading a quiet and meaningful life.

For someone who’ve been wanting to visit France one day, I’ve felt a real connection while reading the author’s personal account of his experiences in living there. And for one moment, it was like I was actually in Provence – living the dream.

Hopefully, one day, I’ll have the chance to go to this breathtaking and beautiful countryside.

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It was a very insightful one to read. In addition to that, I’ve also learned that the author wrote this book so that its readers may know that there’s more to Provence than what we tend to hear from those people who’ve already visited there. Well, of course, it’s a very stunning place. But it’s the kind of a countryside in where its local knows the importance of living a good life and eating a good food with your loved ones. And it’s not about being lazy, it’s just that these people just knew what they truly want in choosing to live a quality life with your friends and family.

The kind of book that after reading will leave all of its readers wanting for more, because getting into the world of Peter Mayle is like they’re on a year-long vacation from France, and would love to extend their stay there.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it for now, and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading!

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Book Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

a22ee4224c6fc7a20ab86699469cf0cfAs expected, this book entitled Easy by Tammara Webber is such a beautiful story that it got me hooked on reading it in just a short period of time. And I’m so grateful to Goodreads for letting me discover this wonderful novel.

I think it was at that time when I was surfing the site for an interesting but unfamiliar book to read that I found this. But it took me awhile before I’ve decided to read it. I guess its because I was never keen on reading college romances.

Anyway, the beginning of the story was certainly an unusual one. For it was really interesting, suspenseful, exciting and catchy. The story of Lucas and Jacqueline is definitely one of my favorites, and reading their emails and text messages were so much fun. Plus what I like about the story, aside from the fact that it’s actually my first time to read a college romance, is that, on how both of them have found each other.

So even if both of them were kinda lost, but fate had stepped in so that they can learn from each other, and support one another with all the love growing between the two of them. I’ve also learned from reading this story is that when it comes to loving someone, it’s not about giving up what you really want in life just for the sake of your loved ones, for it’s all about balancing everything to support one another (but of course, not that one-sided support).

Because doing so would be like you’re evolving your life for that someone alone, which shouldn’t be the case since you have to retain your individuality as a person.

All in all, it was definitely a page-turner and I had so much fun reading it.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it, until my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

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Book Review: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

 

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is a beautiful story about Angelo Bianco, a young priest, and his childhood friend, a violinist named Eva Rosselli.

Set in Italy during the German Occupation, this is a tale of a passionate and forbidden love in a time where things were so uncertain, and full of obstacles.

The kind of novel that I had never thought that would make me feel so emotional while reading it. Seriously, it was that engrossing and heartbreaking to read.

Furthermore, the author of this inspiring story had captured its readers by giving them a glimpse on how these people from all the countries that were invaded by the Germans lived during those times. So as a reader, I was painfully hit hard of the idea on how arduous it is for them to live a life in fear, but at the same time, trying to be brave and strong as they cling to the hope that one day, they will be able to see the light of a newer and brighter world. A world in which everyone would live in peace and harmony – without any judgment or discrimination just because they have a different race or religion. And that it also doesn’t matter who they are because what matters most is the sense of respect, kindness, and love for one another.

For sure, every reader who have already read the book, knew that the story of Angelo and Eva is something that they will never ever forget. Not just because of their love story, but more on how this couple have been such an inspiration, and despite the fact that Angelo is a Catholic (and a priest), and Eva being a Jewish. Such obstacles have really been a test on how strong is their love for one another. Using that love not just for themselves, but also offering it all to God; asking for the strength and courage to guide them in helping the Jews in their community. Risking their lives because they want to fight for justice because of all the inhumane and cruel things that they’ve witnessed from the German soldiers and officials.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

So before I wrap it up this blog of mine, I would like to share that before I’ve finished reading the novel, I already knew that this one have definitely made it at the top of list as one of the best books that I’ve ever read. For it was so heartbreakingly beautiful, and I still haven’t recovered from it. And just thinking about it every now and then gives me that emotional feeling that I just couldn’t entirely explain.

Well yes, it’s a fiction, but all the details about the invasion that were described in the story were true. A reminder, especially after so many decades had passed, that one should always hope and pray that something like that should never happen again, and to keep the faith that the good will always triumph over evil.

Plus, even if I’m a person who doesn’t entirely practice her religion, but I faithfully believe in God. That I believe, not in its traditions, but in humanity’s faith to do good things.

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And as a bonus, below are the following quotes that I’ve highlighted while reading the book.

“They can take our homes, our possessions. Our families. Our lives. They can drive us out, like they’ve driven us out before. They can humiliate us and dehumanize us. But they cannot take our thoughts. They cannot take our talents. They cannot take our knowledge, or our memories, or our minds. In music there is no bondage. Music is a door, and the soul escapes through the melody.”

“Love had not made them poor. Love had made them wealthy. In that moment, they were royalty, a king of fortune and a queen of destiny, embracing a tiny prince of peace.”

“God makes me strong. He gives me courage. He gives me peace. He gives me purpose.”

“Sand and ash. The ingredients of glass. Such beauty created from nothing. It had been something Babbo had marveled about and something she’d never understood. From sand and ash, rebirth. From sand and ash, new life. With every song and with every prayer, with every small rebellion, Eva felt reborn, renewed, and she vowed to press on. She vowed to push back, to make glass from the ashes, and that courage was a victory in itself. Eva”

“Does it matter how we pray, if our devotion is pure, if our love for him leads us to love and serve and forgive and be better?”

“But we have to live in order to learn. And sometimes we have to fight in order to live.”

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well that’s it for now and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Highlighted Poems: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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“Poetry is what happens when your mind stops working, and for a moment, all you do is feel.”

-Atticus

For my first blog post for the month of November 2017, I’m going to share with you those poems that I’ve highlighted and saved while I was reading Ms. Rupi Kaur’s latest collection of poems.

In which by the way these poems have been a very inspiring and mind-boggling one to read. And it’s like getting into a glimpse into the poet’s vulnerability, and because of that, she was able to flow such thoughts in a writing that had resulted into creating such poems that a lot of modern women can truly related themselves into.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

Furthermore, it was very thoughtful of her, to dedicate it to her dear mother – the woman who was braved enough to leave behind her family and country in order to pursue a better life with her husband and children to a place that is culturally different than what she was used to.

In addition to that, ever since Rupi Kaur had been a child, she had always looked up to her mother as a source of strength and inspiration in becoming the kind of person that she wanted to be. Someone who is independent and knows her worth as a woman.

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

And if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur