Friday, March 19, 2010

Summer in Paris - Book Review

Writers dream of being published, while authors dream of having a national best-seller. This dream may come true for Michele Ashman Bell with the release of her new young adult book, Summer in Paris. It's an exciting  romance with a little mystery that young women will enjoy. This is Bell's 20th published book, but her first novel released to the national market.

Some may be disappointed to learn this story isn’t set in Paris, France. But did they look at the book cover? The sign says, Paris, Idaho.

Here’s the deal . . . have you ever been to Paris, Idaho? I have. If you blink you might miss it. This little town is a far cry from the romantic city of Paris, France:
  • No art galleries, unless you call nature art.
  • No Eiffel Tower, unless you call a giant cottonwood tree a tower.
  • And no French pastries, though good, home cooking can’t be beat.
Nope this Paris could be a spoil, citified teenager’s worst nightmare . . . or dream come true.

Which is it for Kenzie? I’m not going to spoil it for you.

Here’s the blurb on the book:
Kenzie Williams feels like she has it all; wealth, friends, popularity and talent. But when her father tells her he has declared bankruptcy, her whole world in New York City turns upside down. Her parent’s solution while they sort through their financial and marital problems is to send Kenzie to live with her relatives in Paris . . . Idaho!

Bell is a master storyteller as she weaves wonderful details of a girl whose hopes and dreams of becoming a ballerina take a detour when she learns some of life’s finer lessons. In this small town, Kenzie becomes involved in a wonderful mystery-drama which takes her right into an unexpected romance. This book is good, clean fun with delightful twists and turns that keeps the reader wondering what’s going to happen next.

If you’re a teenager, know of a teenager, or just want a fun read, buy this little gem of a book.

Here is the purchase link for Summer in Paris click here.

And while your at it, check out the author’s website to learn more about her other wonderful books click here.

(Summer in Paris was published by Valor Publishing. I freely reviewed this book and have no financial interest in it's success.)


  1. Between the cover and the blurb, this book seems like a winner! Thanks for the tip :)

  2. Jemi: It's a quick fun read. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  3. Hey Kathi. What a great review! If I hadn't written this book I'd definitely want to:-) Thank you for your great comments. Of course, the sequel could possible take Kenzie to the real city of Paris, France, or maybe Paris, Texas. Stay tuned to find out!!!

  4. Michele: a sequel, how great! I didn't know there was a Paris, Texas. Who would have thought! Much luck with the book! :)

  5. Seems like something really exciting for a small town.

  6. Elizabeth, you'd be surprised what goes on in small town. Thanks for stopping by.



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