A deathbed promise could open the door to a promise of love.
When Julia Bellerman loses her husband to cancer, she’s cast adrift. For ten years, her whole life has been about caring for him. Now, before she can move on with her life, she must fulfill her husband’s deathbed wish to scatter his ashes in Provence. And to let Ryder Wilding go with her.
Ryder, her husband’s best friend. And the man she fell in love with a lifetime ago.
Ryder’s first mistake was walking away from Julia. His second mistake was marrying the wrong woman—a marriage that ended in a nasty divorce. He’s spent all the years since wrestling with the guilt of loving his best friend’s wife. Now Ryder must take Julia to Provence to scatter her husband’s ashes. He thought losing his best friend was painful, but keeping his hands off Julia will be the hardest thing he’s ever done.
Can love overcome grief and guilt to give them a second chance?
A later in life, friends to lovers holiday romance set in the beauty of Provence…
Beautiful second chance romance
DREAMING OF PROVENCE by Jennifer Skully is the first book in the Once Again series This is some of Skully's best work, where she straddles the fence between steamy romance and women's fiction.
Julia Bellerman gave up her career and motherhood to care for the man she loved. Now he's dead, and she's promised him she'll scatter his ashes at a bridge in Provence, France.
Ryder Wilding was best friends with Will Bellerman, Julia's husband, since college. He stood by Will and Julia as the cancer stole his best friend. Will's last request—go with Julia to spread his ashes in France.
Now Julia has a chance at long, lost love with her husband's best friend, Ryder, her first love. DREAMING OF PROVENCE is a story of love, loss, and a heartwarming happily-ever-after that stays with you long after the end.
Very enjoyable read
This was my first read my by this author, discovered this book when the first few chapters were read in a reading group. Immediately purchased it, just had to find out how the trip to Provence went. The story of Julia, Will, Ryder and a few supporting characters was so engrossing.
The author dealt with cancer and the subsequent death from it in a sensitive and dramatic manner that hit the perfect emotional tone. I prefer the duo point-of-view and in this book we're provided a treat with a third point-of-view.
After her trip to Provence, Julia paid a visit to Will's parents. That was my absolute favorite part of the book when Julia practically ran home and went a little crazy. I laughed out loud when I pictured that scene. I really enjoyed this book and will certainly read other works by this author.