Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition announced in the June Home Swappers newsletter to win a copy of the novel, 'The Promise of Provence’, by Patricia Sands.
Patricia, a Canadian writer and home exchange enthusiast, has based her story around a home swap from Toronto to Provence. Hence it is a very appropriate novel for anyone who'd like a rollicking tale to read while on a home exchange this summer - perhaps, if you are lucky, in Provence! And if you weren't lucky enough to win a copy, see details on Patricia's blog on where to buy the book (either as a paperback or ebook).
Two entries were drawn at random yesterday. Both winners, Linda & Rob from Fort Worth, Texas, USA and John & Eveline from Auckland, New Zealand are current Home Base Holidays members who are also experienced exchangers.
Linda wrote: "Thanks so much for the book. Just wanted to let you know we have two exchanges already arranged to England for this year. One in the Dales and one near Birmingham. We will be leaving on July the 14th and not returning to the States until Sept. 10. This will make our 10th exchange! This has been a wonderful program for us and I am always encouraging others to try it. We are already thinking ahead where we might go next!"
See Linda and Rob's comfortable home (photo above) offered for exchange, on a quiet suburban street in Fort Worth "Where the West Begins".
John and Eveline were delighted to be chosen: "Thank you SO much!! I can’t believe we are a winner as we rarely (if ever) win a thing, and our memories of Provence are so instilled and lovely that I can’t wait to receive the novel. How wonderful!! You have just made our day."
See the couple's lovely home for exchange (photo, right) in a quiet tree lined street in Auckland.
The novel is quite long (476 pages) but we hope our winners will send short book reviews for the newsletter once they've finished reading it. As both winners are experienced exchangers, it will be especially interesting to hear their thoughts on how the author wove the story around a home exchange to Provence.