My secret guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder

Hi everyone, this first post is a review of two delightful books by Lisa Schroeder, who is fast becoming a favourite author of mine. She takes us through a whirlwind adventure around Paris in the first book and into the secret hiding places of London in the next. To be honest, my fascination of Europe thrived as I read these awesome books!! So why not try them and begin with a stroll along the Seine…

My secret guide to Paris around Eiffel tower in middle girl in pink beret and jacket in front on grass
A lovely read

Title: My Secret Guide to Paris

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Scholastic Press; NY, 2015

ISBN: 9780545708081

What this book is about: Nora loves everything about Paris, from the Eiffel Tower to chocolat chand. Although she’s never actually visited, her Grandma Sylvia’s stories have. And just when they’ve finally planned a trip together, Grandma Sylvia is suddenly gone, taking Nora’s dreams with her. She misses her grandmother terribly, but still wants to see the city they both loved. So when Nora finds letters, and a Paris treasure map among her Grandma Sylvia’s things, she dares to dream again… She’s not sure what her grandma wants her to find, but Nora knows there are wonderful surprises waiting for her in Paris. And maybe, amongst the croissants and macaroons, she’ll even find a way to heal her broken heart. 

My review: A beautiful story of grandmothers, mothers and daughters and the ups and downs that befall these bonds. I almost felt as if I was there with Nora as she explored the sights of Paris. Some awesome description of the City of Lights and a lovely story too. Most of the story was quite sad and had me crying every now and then, but I truly enjoyed this story. Excellent dialogue with believable modern characters in Nora, her mom and her new English friends. Loved the cute little “French lessons” per chapter. Awesome story!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

Sealed with a secret Big Ben in back young girl in blue top and jeans with yellow umbrella next to red phone box
A lovely read

Title: Sealed with a secret

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Genre: Fiction – contemporary

Publication details: Scholastic Press; NY, 2016

ISBN: 9780545907354

What this book is about: When Phoebe finds a beautiful antique at a flea market, she’s not sure if it’s as valuable as it looks. But inside she discovers something truly amazing – a letter, written during World War II, from a young girl to her sister who’s been evacuated from London. The letter includes a “spell” for bringing people closer together: a list of clues leading all through the city. Each stop along the way adds up to magic. Phoebe is stunned. Not only has she found a priceless piece of history, but the letter is exactly what she needs. Her sister Alice leaves for university soon, but in the meantime, she wants nothing to do with Phoebe. Now that Phoebe has this magical list, maybe she can fix everything! That is, unless she accidentally makes everything worse instead. From the author of My Secret Guide to Paris comes an unforgettable trip through London with secret treasures around every corner!

My review: A delightful little read!! Following up with the English girls in My secret guide to Paris, Lisa Schroeder takes us to London; to their home and we get to see what makes up their lives. The description of the secret history around London was one I truly enjoyed. Although I have only seen the tourist areas, I felt myself tumbling after Phoebe in this story. I really liked the way Lisa Schroeder has brought to life the bond between the sisters and helped them grow as the story progressed. A lively story!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

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