I spent the week-end reading City of Secrets.
I had such difficulty following her write. It was all over the place and inconsistent (in that some of it was really bad writing and other parts were more coherent). Is it just me?
Her message was lost in the discordant confusion. In fact, the energies were highly 'discordant' and left me rather upset. I will refrain from reading any more from her. Sorry Patrice...
I don't know about "discordant" energies, but I do know what you mean about the lack of narrative coherence. It would appear that this confusion stems from CoS being a compilation of material, some of which is based upon Patrice's personal experience, and some of which she was fed / led to / encouraged to include, in some way. Because the book is about Girona, and matters pertaining to Girona and thereabouts, and not other locations, the time shifts can be confusing as well, as Patrice makes several return visits to the city over a long period of time, and we (the reader) get little sense of what was going on between times.
But there are some real nuggets of interest in there, and I certainly wouldn't describe her as a bad writer. She's very good at drawing characters, and her some of her descriptions of the city of Girona are very vividly written.
Rather than refraining from reading any more, I would recommend reading Happy Hour, which I thought was much better - as a book
- being more of a straightforward memoir. Although there is less in there of direct relevance to RLC, etc., it did help me to get more of a handle on her, the person. You also see the depth and intensity of her love for Jose/Luis/the Spaniard, which seems to have informed her whole life, pretty much, ever since she first met him.
So I'd say it's worth reading, for all the disappointment you have encountered reading CoS, to help understand this latter book a little more, if nothing else, and provide greater context. That said, I may have been swayed by her all of her detailed and loving descriptions of French-Catalan food and wine, which greatly appealed to me, and the way in which she describes the town she lives in and its surrounding landscape.