Moving to France was an unlikely choice for an American who studied Spanish and Latin American Studies, lived in Mexico and South America and worked in Germany for half her career. Yet, it happened.

Gayle, a native of Washington State, has two master’s degrees, neither in French. She worked as a language specialist, an educational liaison and management analyst in Germany, an hour from the French border.

Gayle Padgett Passion for Provence Photo (768x1024)From their base in Heidelberg, Gayle and her hubby, Ralph, found Provence, found themselves smitten and eventually, found a way to make Provence home.

Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie tells the tale. It’s Gayle’s debut memoir.