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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank July 12, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:16 pm
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One Paris Summer


Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

Books published under the Blink imprint are intended for a general readership without being overtly Christian.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend for any teen fourteen or older. But I think it will also depend on your child and what you are comfortable with them reading. I am fine with my daughter reading this and am actually recommending it to her.

I really like Sophie and respected her love of music as music is a passion of mine. The romance that blossoms between her and Matthieu  is every teen girls dream, especially in Paris.

I also like how Denise addresses the issue of divorce and how the kids deal with it, all a bit differently. There is also reconciliation and I loved that as well.

As the description says above this is intended for general readership. There really isn’t any Christianity in the story at all. There is some verb-age that might bother some, but honestly, it’s better than how most teens talk or even over hear on a daily basis (I know, I teach high schoolers).

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Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. 


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