Read Drawing Lessons Online Free - 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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October 05, 2017
Arianna and Ben had the perfect life...childhood sweethearts, family-owned business, and most importantly each other.
Their perfect life was shattered when Ben was diagnosed with dementia at a young age. As the disease progressed, it became more and more difficult to cope with the illness to the p...
September 30, 2017
A few months back I read Sands Love in Provence series and absolutely loved it, she creates realistic characters in the most beautiful settings dealing with the same type of issues and problems that many of us can relate to on some level. She takes the reader on a poignant and emotional journey t...
October 18, 2017
When Arianna’s beloved husband, Ben develops dementia, she decides to leave Canada and take part in an art retreat in France, in an effort to quell her grief and to rekindle her interest and talent for art.
She joins a very eclectic group of artists from all over the world, each of them aiming to...
September 06, 2017
Patricia Sands writes beautiful stories that transport the reader to the Provence area of France. She knows how to make the area part of the story. The group of artists who spend two weeks together was a very hodgepodge of personalities who got along great. I enjoyed learning a lot about the area...
September 13, 2017
MY REVIEW OF "DRAWING LESSONS" by Patricia Sands
I just had an emotional journey as I finish "Drawing Lessons" by Patricia Sands. The genres of this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction, with a touch of Romance.
The story takes place in Canada and in the South of France, where the author provides...
September 21, 2017
I received this book as an advance copy to provide an honest review.
I thought I had read that there was something about Van Gogh in this book.....I have been a huge Van Gogh fan for many years & while that made me look forward to read the book, I had no idea how much or how little a part he w...
January 22, 2018
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. Reading this book was an emotional experience for me. I am dealing with a loved one, my mother, and dementia. When I first began reading I almost had to put it aside, it really affected me. But I kept on. I'm really glad I did. Well written, wi...
February 14, 2018
62 year old woman's (Arianna) life changed drastically when husband (Ben) was diagnosed with dementia.
"Art is to console those who are broken by life." - Vincent Van Gogh
Twice, Arianna and Ben's lives were rocked to the core. The first time was over 20 years ago when Arianna's father, Nikos, wa...
October 12, 2017
(I received a copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility)
Read 9/23-10/3 review postponed until 10/12 as part of FranceBookTour
( I recieved this advanced copy from NetGalley and voluntarily ch...
October 01, 2017
What do you do when life throws you a curve ball that you didn't see coming and just shatters your world into pieces? That is what happens to Arianna when her husband is diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia. Devastated and heartbroken as she sees what the disease is doing to her husband that she...