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Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard

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“It’s impossible to say exactly what moved us. Some heady combination of the history, the baby – not to mention those first strawberries. It took only a moment for the absurd to become the obvious. This is where we would live the next chapter of our lives.”

Eating in France has a lot to answer for. A lunch in Paris changed American journalist and author Elizabeth Bard’s life forever, and a picnic in Provence has changed it all over again. In her first novel Lunch in Paris, she shared the story of how she fell in love with a Frenchman and set up home in the world’s most romantic city. They both thought that was where the story ended, but life, as is so often the case, had other ideas. Now with a baby on the way, Bard and husband Gwendal take one final holiday à deux before two become three, to the Provence of the title of her latest book. Arriving in Céreste, an hour east of Avignon, for a 10-day stay, the couple have “no intentions beyond a few days of sun”. Of course as many will know, Provence has the ability to cast a pretty magical spell. By the end of a holiday full of exploring and picnicking, they’ve decided to swap Paris for the south of France. The move leads to a career change too, as they embark on a new adventure running an artisan ice cream shop.

Replicating the format of Lunch in Paris, Picnic in Provence is interspersed with a mouth-watering selection of recipes, many of which include a handy tip at the end. Served up with wit, humour and a generous helping of ice cream, this thoroughly enjoyable book offers sunshine on a plate in more ways than one.

We have five copies of Picnic in Provence to give away. Click here to enter the competition.

Closing date: 18 August

Picnic in Provence, Elizabeth Bard, £8.99, Summersdale, ISBN 978-1-84953-700-1

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