• Summer in Provence

  • By: Lucy Coleman
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (592 ratings)

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Summer in Provence

By: Lucy Coleman
Narrated by: Lucy Scott
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Publisher's Summary

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on travelling the world. 

Fern’s not much of a backpacker so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out. 

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart?

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure. 

©2020 Lucy Coleman (P)2020 Boldwood Books

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Summer in Provence

Summer in Provence, Purchased this based on sample. I started to listen to it. It was nothing like the sample and I fell asleep listening to it. Tried again just not my kind of book. I thought it would be about Provence but does not seem like it to me. I am returning it.

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Cute book that handled darker topics with grace

Why don’t all books end with a nice little chapter that wraps up all the loose ends and let’s you know what happens to each character?! I very much appreciated that. Good book.

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Peaceful and intriguing

Nice read. very good writing and description of each scene. would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet read.

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i enjoyed it

It was a good book to me. I enjoyed the narration. very well done. the story started a bit slow but it was necessary to the story line.

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Fantastic !!

I loved the characters and the story was enchanting with great visual descriptions
I loved the adventure in Provence

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An absolute joy to read

This book is a truly exquisite. The characters are colorful and complex. The story is thoughtful and deep. It leaves you really thinking about your own life.

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Too long

The story premise was fine but it was too long and drawn out and the main character did not have any flaws so not believable

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Love the author and the reader . The voice of the novel!

I love this author of summer in Provence .
But I must tell you how much I love Lucy Scott’s voice in this book and the villa . The author and reader work so well together . Thank you so much

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Light-hearted romance- Artsy

Loved the angst of the year apart but joy as they each set on their own journey.

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Easy, light summer read

I honestly wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started this book. I enjoyed the storyline and the narrator was good, except sometimes she'd get breathy and be almost whispering.
I only gave the book four stars because I'd have like to have seen the author elaborate a bit more on some of the storyline. I felt it fast forwarded to future days and you'd all of a sudden be three years later with major life differences and confused. Otherwise I was happy with in choosing this book to listen too. It was nice to listen to a story without vulgar language and sex scenes.

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  • Kerrie
  • 05-11-21

Dreadful

Chosen for some escapism - disappointed, made it to chapter 8 couldn’t take a anymore. Every cliche imaginable ! The almost thirties sound nearer to 50 !!
Everything is over explained!
Terrible narration, the most excruciating ‘voices’ for different characters. Don’t waste your credit! Wish I’d chosen a Jo Thomas novel 🙄

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  • MISS JUDITH C WILLIS
  • 08-25-21

Disappointing

I haven't read any of Lucy Coleman's other books, but tried this as it was free on Audible.

The writing was quite jarring, with everything being long-winded and overly explained. There was also something really unnatural about the dialogue: the characters are supposed to be in their late 20s, but they speak as if they're in their dotage and from another era! What 20-something in this day and age would say to her husband, on his backpacking adventure down under, "This incident proves that you must be vigilant at all times." Seriously, who talks like that?! It felt archaic.

I felt no connection or sympathy for any of the characters and the narrator's voices grated after a while, especially the teenage girl with her annoying upward inflection at the end of every single sentence...

Sadly, I gave up halfway through.

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  • robert m.
  • 09-29-20

The romance of Provence

Well constructed story that was easy to follow and drew you in from the start. Characterisation was spot on and you couldn’t help liking them all
Lucy Scott’s reading of it is first class please read some more Lucy

I go to france every year and this really encapsulates the romance of provence

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  • Amanda
  • 08-13-21

Fabulous

Beautiful beautiful loved this and thanks really a story of soul discovery lessons to be learnt

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-22

Overall, Quite annoying

I don’t want to be rude and I did listen to the end so there was something in story that encouraged me to continue.
Towards the end I found myself expressing out loud my disbelief in the way the main character behaved. Rather than a woman in her late 20s, she acted much older-and not in a good way! I felt like shouting at her to let loose a little, she was so up tight. Her husband Aiden suggested a gap year and I think he did the best thing getting on a plane far away! At least he has something about him.
I found it unbelievable that such a pious and frankly boring personality could not only be so creative and artistic, but could capture the eye of the gorgeous and talented Nico within a day of meeting him. Her in depth analysis of her fellows was exhaustive and some of the scenes were frankly laughable.
Sorry, just being honest.

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  • Pauline
  • 09-01-21

hours of my life I will never get back 🤣

I should have returned it. time I never can get back unfortunately 🤷‍♀️ 🤷‍♀️

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  • Karen
  • 08-15-21

Good story well told

Really enjoyed this. Good modern love story. Well described characters and realistic relationships. Narrator did very well with a range of accents and voices.

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  • JC
  • 11-27-20

BEAUTIFUL 😊 👏

Really enjoyed listening to this book it was a lovely story beautifully written and narrated.

Definitely one to keep in my Audio Library. I really do wish that all similar books ended like this.

After getting to know all the characters it was awesome hearing what happened to them at the end.

Thank you for the enjoyment that it gave to me, 😚 👍 👏

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  • Stephen Thomas Blackman7
  • 05-28-22

Brilliant Not what I thought it would

Very introspective, appealed to my artistic side, well read as if it was the person who had written it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

Fragrant Provence

Glad I listened to this. wanted to finish within the day. A pleasurable listen. Not overtly romantic but compelling and relatable.

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  • Sam Adams
  • 11-18-22

nice

Nit, nice, nice. A feel good, safe and mild story. The main character was dull at times, however always nice and likeable. Surprisingly the story was enjoyable.

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  • Elaine
  • 11-12-22

A bit contrived

The story felt a bit clumsy and contrived at times, and very introspective. I would have said it was a good first novel but I see that the author has written numerous books. Does a lot of telling rather than showing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-22

fantastic!

a lovely little surprise. Wasn't expecting much but I absolutely loved it.
Great story line

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-22

love story

What a beautifully written piece. So enjoyable to listen to. Loved all the characters Fantastic

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-22

Wonderful

An entertaining story that sees you following Fern closely and wanting nothing but the best for her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-22

Inspiring

I truly loved this book, the interwoven stories of various characters gave depth and Lucy Coleman’s descriptions are always captivating. And as always Lucy Scott does a phenomenal job narrating, her voice is soothing, and her accents really help you feel you are right there in the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-22

It snuck up on me

This book was good, I could put it down but I always wanted to pick it back up. The story telling made it feel like a insightful and relaxing reading experience, quite apt considering the content. I especially love that she finished the story for us! I will go in search of this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-22

Bad performance, unrelatable story

The voice for this book was very strange and made the characters unrelatable. For someone in their late 20's who didn't come from money the main character sounded old and uptight. The younger characters were worse, with every sentence inflected like a question which made it really hard to connect with them. The story itself was predictable and unrealistic. Also how the back story of the main love interest was delivered strangely as you got told 99% of the story in the first telling and then were made to feel like each time it was brought up again it was supposed to be a revelation even though we already knew it all.

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  • Susan Broad
  • 05-30-22

Interesting

Whilst it took me a little while to get into the book I then found it interesting. It was a lovely read. I loved the way this book ended. Hats off to the author who gave an insight into how and what happened to the others characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

Loved this book!

The storyline, the characters and the way it was all woven together was excellent - I truly loved this journey.