Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

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

ARC kindly provided by Zonderkidz-Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


‘One Paris Summer’ was supposed to be the read where I could enjoy a swoon-worthy romance set in the beautiful city of love without having to tear my eye sockets out with the pain of keeping in tears.

‘One Paris Summer’ wasn’t that read.

It made me cry.

Why, you ask?

It was because it made me so completely wrapped up in the relationship of Mathieu Rousseau and Sophie Brooks. (And not because I’m an emotionally and mentally unstable chick who hasn’t stopped crying for two books straight :P.)

I won’t give anything more than that.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this read to lovers of Stephanie Perkins, ‘Anna and the French Kiss’. The love, romance, and emotional connection which I experienced are equally potent and irresistible in BOTH novels.

First of all, the author managed to capture my interest. I find purely romantic novels a bit of a risk to read, mainly because execution is key, and if the author fails in that, than the rest of the novel is not worth reading.

That’s not what happened in ‘One Paris Summer’. Sophie Brooks was a completely charming and intriguing character to follow. She was fiesty, strong-willed, talented, a fury when angry, and generally easily to connect with. Sophie had fears (ahem, her claustrophobia) and not one to stray out of her comfort zone. She was hopeless at navigating streets and she had worries and wounds that echo(ed) within all of us as teenagers.

The plot never let me get bored. There was always progress and something new that would grip my interest. I wanted to see the finale before I got to chapter 2, and delve deeper into the vibrant and tangible city of Paris.

Mathieu’s and Sophie’s relationship was also something skilfully executed. It was tense and highly anticipated and didn’t roll around quickly. The icky bicky thing called insta-love? Not in this novel! And whilst the two definitely experienced attraction towards each other, their romance was completely believable.

I loved the challenged and obstacles the author threw towards her characters. Romance and the chance at true love is often hindered by so many troubles. The author made those challenges appear natural. Not once did I get the feeling that they were written for the sake of the plot.

Her characters were also complex in their simplicity. Each was revealed slowly and had the time to change and develop. They had histories and personalities. They were real. And also beautifully fictional.

The fact that ‘One Paris Summer’ was written from Sophie’s perspective allowed for me to truly take advantage of the situation. Her voice was a clear one and allowed to to fall into her shoes just as easily.

A fantastic read that will get you out of any romantic reading slump you might experience, and AWESOME when for those who want a taste of travel, adventure and swoon-worthy kisses.

Congratulations to Denise Grover Swank in publishing her loveable novel, ‘One Paris Summer’! Readers, you are bound to pick up your French dictionary and looks up certain phrases!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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