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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank ; Blink ; ISBN 978-0-310-75516-6

One Paris Summer, by Denise Grover Swank, opens with Sophie and Eric about to land in Paris for a summer visit with their father. Any excitement they should be feeling is over shadowed by the hurt the teen age brother and sister have experienced because their father left their mother, and them, and moved to Paris. Now, their father is going to marry a woman who has a teenage daughter of her own. From the time Sophie and Eric land, everything goes wrong, especially for Sophie.

 

Sophie and Eric’s step-sister, Camille, turns out to be just short of evil and she is out and out cruel to Sophie. Sophie and Eric struggle to re-establish a relationship with their father, but it’s not easy. Sophie’s father had promised he would have a piano available as she needed to practice for upcoming auditions. There was no piano. As if all this wasn’t enough, Sophie meets Mathieu and a complicated relationship develops. Will Sophie be the same after this memorable trip?

 

The steady pace of the story, well-developed characters and the beautiful setting in Paris come together to bring the reader a satisfying reading experience. The book deals with many serious issues and the author skillfully presents them. This book is considered to be teen fiction, but I think adults will enjoy it. I know I did.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Masquerade (Book 2 in the Andalucian Nights Trilogy) by Hannah Fielding London Wall Publishing ISBN 978-0-9929943-6-5

Recently, I read Hannah Fielding’s beautifully written novel, Indiscretion, which is the first book in the author’s Andalucian Nights Trilogy. Indiscretion is set in Spain in the 1950’s and the protagonist is Alexandra de Falla, a young English woman who comes to Spain to reconnect with her father and his side of her family. What she experiences is not what she expected. Masquerade, the second book in the trilogy, opens  in 1976 and the protagonist is Alexandra’s daughter, Luz. She has returned to Spain from England hoping to be hired as a biographer. Like her mother, what she experiences is not what she expected.

 

Two men come into Luz’s life and she is attracted to both. One is a mysterious and exotic gypsy. Because Luz is a child of privilege, an open relationship with him is impossible. The other man is her sophisticated and charismatic employer and he bears an uncanny resemblance to the gypsy. Luz finds herself trying to deal with feelings she had not previously experienced, nor thought she was capable of. As she struggles to control her passions, her world becomes one of confusion, mystery and closely held secrets. Who are these men really?

 

Masquerade is a fascinating and well told love story that is set in a stunning and lush setting. The author eloquently brings to life the characters and keeps the reader engrossed in their story until the conclusion. While Masquerade can be read as stand alone novel, I do recommend reading Indiscretion as well.

 

 

 

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Sister Eve And The Blue Nun (A Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery) by Lynne Hinton; Thomas Nelson ISBN9780718041885

Sister Eve  had spent twenty years living in the Pecos monastery and along with the rest of nuns residing there, the women had been told to leave and relocate. As a result, she was trying to decide whether she would remain a nun. Dressed as a civilian and traveling on her motorcycle, she returns to the monastery to attend a conference of special interest to her. Then the unthinkable happens. It is discovered that the first speaker, Dr. Kelly Middlesworth, has been murdered and there are signs that the killer might be Dr. Middlesworth’s brother, Anthony, who lives at the monastery.

 

Sister Eve has a talent for solving murders. She doesn’t believe Anthony could have killed his sister and when he goes missing, Sister Eve sets forth on a perilous journey in order to find him and, hopefully, the killer. Can she solve this case?

 

Sister Eve is an endearing character and the well drawn secondary characters add depth to the story. There are twists and turns and the conclusion was a total surprise. I found this to be a good story and I enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

 

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