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.
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