About the Book:
- Title: Prodigals in Provence
- Author: Kyle Hunter
- Series: Provence Series
- Genre: Contemporary Romance
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Publisher: Monceau Publishing (May 3, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2018
Bree and Lauren own and run Le Bon Voyage, a travel company specializing in tours to charming Provence, France.
Travis is a TV travel critic accustomed to crossing the globe to film documentaries and write books. But he’s been in a spiritual desert ever since losing his marriage and ministry five years earlier.
Between film projects, Travis plans to accompany his elderly mother on a tour to Provence, a long-term dream for her. Bree tries unsuccessfully to block him; sure he’s coming to spy on the struggling company for one of his exposé articles.
A diverse group of tourists arrives at the rented villa to spend the week and discover the spectacular villages, vineyards, and history of the Lubéron mountain region of Provence. Amidst a series of problems and relational tensions, Bree thinks she has all she can handle . . . until she becomes attracted to Travis.
As Bree and Travis are drawn together, will their hidden wounds drive them apart?
Not only is Kyle Hunter a new-to-me author, I also received this book as part of a Blind Book Tour from JustReads. Not knowing anything about the book or author beforehand I was not sure what to expect.
Prodigals in Provence is an excellent story, well-written and filled with spiritual introspection, sweet romance, and overseas discoveries. It was easy to read. My only complaint would be the unnecessary spacing between paragraphs.
I enjoyed the lessons both Travis and Bree learn through-out the story. Bree needs to learn to lean on God instead of worrying so much and Travis must find his lost faith in God. I felt the spiritual arcs developed organically, not rushed or forced, as well as the romance. The story is sweet but has some melancholy undertones as the characters pasts are revealed. I liked that the story had depth without becoming intense.
Having lived in the Czech Republic for three and a half years, I connected with that part of the story. I enjoyed “traveling” though France and Italy in the story. It does lean toward being overly descriptive, but I believe the author desired to make the story feel as immersive as possible.
I recommend this book for those who love to “see” (literally or figuratively) the rest of the world, especially if you enjoy travel television programs.
About the Author:
Kyle Hunter loves to read and write stories about strong women who still have flaws, but are ready to pursue their dreams, even if it takes them out of their comfort zone . . . or their country.
She writes inspirational romance novels and women’s fiction with a twist: Her characters sometimes go places. This led her to create the Love on the Move collection of novels. Readers can take a trip with them and experience their journeys. They can see how the characters’ lives unfold as they make decisions to trust God (or not) in their next steps, learning about themselves and their faith, and finding love along the way!
She currently lives in North Carolina but spent over a decade in France (where some of her books take place.) She also writes non-fiction and teaches French. In her free time, she enjoys doing pottery and salsa dancing.