Friday, November 18, 2016

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

One Paris Summer 
by Denise Grover Swank
352 pages
Published by Blink

Plot: When Sophie and Eric’s father moved to Paris a year ago, the last thing they expected was to be coming to Paris for the summer to attend his wedding!  It’s even worse when their soon to be stepsister, Camille, is doing everything she can to make Sophie wish she never came.  The only thing keeping Sophie sane is the fact that her father promised to provide her a piano in order for her to practice for an upcoming competition.  But, when her father fails to come through with his promise, Sophie is lucky enough to meet a boy who can help.  The only problem is, this boy is friends with Camille, and Camille is not very fond of Sophie.  Can Sophie’s summer get any worse?

Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank was such a fun read!  Sophie and Eric have to spend the summer in Paris with their dad who is going to get remarried and it is not something they are looking forward to. There is a lot of hurt and anger towards their father and when Sophie's dad fails to deliver his promise to provide her with a piano to practice for a competition, it makes it even worse.  In addition, her soon to be step-sister, Camille, is making Sophie’s life miserable. Luckily, a cute Parisian boy named Mathieu comes to her rescue by offering his mother’s piano to practice on.  Swank does a great job in portraying the feelings of real teenagers. Lots of drama, young love, sibling rivalry, and family issues makes this story connect well with readers and makes it even harder to put down! Recommend for 14 and up.

Rating: 4 Hearts

Rich Mom Smart Mom by Kimberly Palmer

Smart Mom, Rich Mom 
by Kimberly Palmer
257 pages
Published by AMACOM

Review: Smart Mom, Rich Mom by Kimberly Palmer is filled with great ideas and advice.  Has a great “to do” list that will help anyone get started.  Lots of practical advice for mothers to apply financial and investment strategies. There so much information in this book and I love how Ms. Palmer put this book together.   With a great easy to read layout, it's a must read for every mother!  
Rating: 5 Hearts

Sweetness by Christy Jordan

by Christy Jordan
304 pages
Workman Publishing Company 2016

Review: Sweetness by Christy Jordan was wonderful!  Full of recipes you'll want to make over and over!  Don't worry they are easy to make and the directions are simple to follow.  So, even if you are a newbie baker you'll be just fine!  Oh, the muffin varieties are the best!  A must have for your kitchen shelf!

Rating: 5 Hearts!