Contemporary Fiction

One Paris Summer... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Current book:

One Paris Summer

Denise Crover Swank

One Paris Summer  A Sneak Peek

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Sneak Peek:

"Mathieu glanced around and took a few steps to the right. Was that supposed to be some kind of hint? I considered going the opposite direction, but why go out of the way just to prove a point?" location 1800 (ereader)

Initial Thoughts

An adorably cute main character, Sophie took me with her on her summer adventure completely. I wasn't sure on this one when I picked it up, yet after only a few pages I was hooked. I had to know what would happen in Paris! 

Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

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Check out my quick review too  

One Paris SummerOne Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one. The story was light and fun. A perfect summer read, nice and quick.

This was a fun read. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light romantic teen piece. Of course, there is no reason why adults can't enjoy this flashback of puppy love during a summer vacation. It is probably a little predictable, but there is no doubt you will get swept up in Sophie's life. Her summer in Paris is full of stress and disappointment, yet, she finds a way to make her wishes come true.

Denise Grover Swank has done a marvelous job of writing a clean summer story that is appropriate for younger teens as well, which in this day and age, that is not common.

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The Cozy Reading Spot #155

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

Community Freebie: August

This month freebie is for the parents out there who are getting ready for their kiddos to get back into the school routine.  It can be a hard shift back into routine for school compared to summer. For us that means that mornings need to be slightly more structured. 

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Book review

Under a Million Stars A Book Review

Monday, August 15, 2016

Under a Million Stars

Rita Branches

I remember reading The Notebook in high school before the movie came out. It was such a sweet story, so when the movie was released I was all about it.  I went with a bunch of my friends. I still love it. It still chokes me up, fills my heart, and reminds me that love stories are unique and can go through ups and downs.

Where you a fan?  Do you like similar love stories?

Well when a little birdie mentioned that this new book was the epic love saga similar to the Notebook without being the same story, I was all about it.

It did not disappoint.

Under a Million Stars  A Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

Charlotte's life was zooming towards her dreams when her world came crashing down. Suddenly she was orphaned and could no longer even remember how to breathe. She could not even sit down to play the piano, the source of her future, at least so she thought. Without even the support of her best friend, Jacob, to help her through she collapsed in on herself.

Then when she had to move in with the Parker's, the family her parents named as her new guardians, life got more difficult. Jacob used to be her best friend, but something happened, and almost overnight he stopped speaking to her.  Of course, she had figured out how to handle that, Kylie was her new best friend, and the two of them could make it through anything... well before. 

Jacob had discovered a family secret that was tearing him apart. He wanted to tell Charlie but knew it would hurt her. Now, after a couple of years of playing it cool, dying a little inside each day, having her move into his home was going to be the end. He had to find a way out. 

Watching these two ex-best friends struggle to find the best path for them makes this a story that will keep you turning pages. 

Personal Likes

I loved the characters in this book. Charlie is a struggling girl, as you would expect, after losing her whole family. But she still is strong enough to keep trying, to allow her feelings a chance to escape even if it is only in the privacy of her room.  She knows her heart and clings to the hope that tomorrow must be better. Jacob is a teen boy who has no idea how to keep his family together with the knowledge that could tear it all apart.  It was refreshing to see his inner struggle to be strong, yet sensitive.

The pace of this story is wonderful.  It's just fast enough that you want to keep reading and knowing more.  Branches has done a wonderful job of creating a story that pulls you in completely.  You care about Charlie and Jacob and hope they could figure out a way to make it in this new reality.

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Personal Dislikes

I am not really a fan of this pattern in teen clean romances of seeking comfort from someone of the opposite gender during the night. Granted, this is a clean teen romance, but there is no need for all night snuggling.  I wish there would have been some way for Charlie to go to Mrs Parker with some of her hurt and need for more support.

About the Author

Hi! I'm Rita Branches. I was born and raised in in Portugal and I'm going to independently publish my debut novel in the Spring of 2016, Painting Sky. I am so happy that you decided to take a look at my work. Little bit about myself: along with being a writer, I am also a landscape architect. I started writing to bring 'to life' the stories that my mind created. I LOVE to read. It was and always will be my passion.

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Reading List Rating

five heart rating on Reading List

I have to give this book 5 hearts. I loved this book.  Seriously.  If I had the time I would read it again... maybe I will someday.  I would certainly buy it for friends! 

My Suggested Audience

I do agree that this is a teen appropriate story. There are some kissing, and hugging, and, as I mentioned before, there are a few scenes of sleepovers, that are for the most part clean.  That being said, maybe this is for those 14 and over.

I would not bury this book in the teen section, though.  For anyone who enjoys a sweet clean romance, this would be a wonderful choice. 

Wondering Questions to Consider

Books like this are a wonderful way to allow for conversation with your kids. A chance to say parts of teenage relationships you think would lead to too many physical moments. And a chance to hear from your kids what they think is okay for teens to do inside relationships while in high school.  So if you have a teen girl, this could be a wonderful buddy read.  Ask what she thinks about the love story, what she would want from a boyfriend, what is realistic. 

You can give up be unhappy, or you can fight it accomplish great things... #UnderaMillionStars @RitaBranches @Reading_List1

Are you a Nicholas Sparks, love story, fan? A sucker for a sweet Hallmark movie?  What are your favorites? 

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List


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