Book Review – Summer in Paris, by Michele Ashman Bell

Summer in Paris is a YA Coming of Age/Romance novel, and therefore certainly not the type of book I normally read. But I was intrigued by the title and the back cover copy. And I think as an author it’s a good thing for me to read different types of books. It keeps the saw sharp.

I can say without hesitation that I really liked the book. The setting of the story is in Paris, Idaho and much of the action takes place around the small towns which line the shores of Bear Lake, a clear, ice-cold body of water which lies right on the Utah and Idaho border. In my opinion, Bear Lake is one of the prettiest places in the Mountain West region.

I have been there. I’ve gone swimming in the lake. I’ve had the raspberry shakes for which Bear Lake is famous. Michele’s descriptions were spot on. So much so that I wish I could go right now and have one of those shakes.

I also really liked the characterizations in the book. In fact, because of the setting, and the laid-back wholesome lifestyle which is represented by the Williams family, the book made me feel a little homesick. My mother is a lot like Frankie Williams. I grew up on a small chunk of paradise in Cody, Wyoming. The property has a fish pond, a huge garden, lots of yard to care for… my parents even have chickens. But I digress…

Kenzie Williams, a spoiled and selfish teen at the beginning, blossoms into very nice young lady who is not afraid to work. I was very impressed by the transformation. In fact, I think this book would make a fantastic gift for any young person who feels… ENTITLED. My own teens are pretty good kids. But a little nudge toward working harder and appreciating what they have, definitely wouldn’t hurt them at all. I plan on having them read the book. Sneaky, aren’t I?

The book is fun. It’s a clean read. And Michele is a very good writer. I highly recommend it!


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

Feeling like she’s been sentenced to three months in Hickville Prison, Kenzie arrives in Idaho feeling like a square peg, with name brand clothes, in a round, horribly podunk, hole.

Leaving everything she loves behind, Kenzie is forced to get up at the crack of dawn, do chores, and hang out with her cousin’s loser friends. She feels like she’s about to die until she meets Adam White, the town outcast, whose been accused of killing his best friend and is being blamed for some trouble that’s been happening around town.

Not only is Adam the best-looking guy she’s ever seen, but he’s also the most fascinating guy she’s ever met and Kenzie is determined to get to know him and find out his secret. But, the longer she stays in Paris, the more she realizes, Adam isn’t the only one keeping secrets.

Price: $14.95
Publisher: Valor Publishing Group, LLC
Genre: YA Coming of Age/Romance
Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 210 Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-935546-17-7
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

You can order the book here:   Summer in Paris


DISCLAIMER: I received a PDF copy of this book from Valor Publishing, the same publisher who carries my novel. Since reading a PDF version of a novel on a computer is not easy on the eyes, I can honestly say that no bribes were taken in exchange for this review. I may or may not get an actual hard copy of the novel. But I hope I do, so I can have my daughters read it. I think they will like it a lot.



Book Review – Summer in Paris, by Michele Ashman Bell — 2 Comments

  1. Daron, I should have known you were a farm boy! There is something special about you:-) Thanks for the review. I’m happy you enjoyed the book. I will definitely return the favor!

  2. I am in love with this book, I couldn’t put it down :/ im only 15 but I can imagine this book turning into reality. I honestly can say that I hope there is a second book on Kenzie and Adam coming out soon:D

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