One Summer in France by Bev Spicer
But Bev Spicer is a highly intelligent observer of the human condition who does not exclude herself from her ironic and anatomical eye.
Bev and Carol can’t believe it when the university offers grants to pay for a three month stay in France as part of their degree course. They set off to the Med and encounter people and places that give them an education they could never get in a lecture theatre.
Join them on their hilarious adventure and get to know their very different attitudes to life. The book is based on the author’s real-life experiences and is a prequel to her humorous memoir ‘Bunny on a Bike’.
Review by Roderick Craig Low:
One Summer in France is one of those books of reminiscence that rewards the reader on so many counts. It comes across like a novel but is obviously an accurate first-hand recollection as well.
It was written recently as a prequel to the very successful Bunny on a Bike but avoids the mistake of applying mature `wisdom’ to the experiences of just post-teen years. It is, as a result, modern, funny, occasionally outrageous, atmospheric, nicely descriptive and very fast-moving. We travel with Bev as she obtains a grant to fund a trip to France as part of her university degree and, accompanied by her friend Carol, takes up residence at a camp site on the French Mediterranean coast near the Spanish border.
Bev is undoubtedly very pretty – you don’t graduate and end up working for the Bunny Club otherwise – and in no time she and Carol are having a string of hilarious adventures as they find their feet in the campsites, bars and beaches of southern France, fighting off men, dealing with their jealous partners and struggling with rented mopeds. Their visits to the nudist beach or over the border in pursuit of Salvador Dali are absolutely hilarious.
But Bev Spicer is a highly intelligent observer of the human condition who does not exclude herself from her ironic and anatomical eye. The consequence is a story that I simply couldn’t put down – it’s a ‘Laugh Out Loud’ book with pure nostalgia lightly laid on the narrative and it is so very well written! I’m glad I read One Summer in France first. It will be a pleasure to take the story further in Bunny on a Bike.
Review by Meredith G. Schorr:
If I could describe this book in one word, it would be “charming.” Well, “charming” and “delightful” – I really enjoyed every word and I think, besides the author’s writing style, what I liked the best was the dynamic between best friend’s Bev and Carol.
They played off each other perfectly and their bond was so strong and authentic. Reading this book made me long for being 20 years old – young, beautiful and free – with my entire adult life ahead of me. It was so refreshing to read this story about two young women who didn’t take a single moment for granted.
Although not much “happened” in the book and there wasn’t much conflict, the journey was so utterly pleasant, humorous and touching that I have to give it 5 stars.