One Summer in France by Bev Spicer book review

one summer in france

One Summer in France written and self-published by Bev Spicer is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  It is also available in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The summer of 1979 was the best summer ever! Pretty, blonde and dangerously impetuous, Bev and Carol head for the sun, lucky beneficiaries of a generous university grant.

They are full of enthusiasm and the dazzling spirit of adventure that only seems possible when we are young. Essential swimwear is selected and Lipton’s vegetable oil is perfumed with patchouli for the perfect tan.

They end up in Argelès-sur-mer, on a campsite close to the coast and not far from the border with Spain. Every day brings new challenges: how to hold a meaningful conversation on a naturist beach, what to do about a precocious teenage stalker, how to transport a gallon of port on a moped… all of which they meet head-on, with dubious philosophy and irrepressible optimism.

this chick loves to camp

I’d like to thank the author, Bev Spicer, for an arc in return for an honest review.

One Summer in France is the first adventure in the Bev and Carol series.  The books are based on the adventures the author took whilst at university.  All three books in the Bev and Carol series can be read as a stand alone but once you’ve read the first you are going to want to carry on enjoying the girl’s fun and frolics.  The books in the series in order are:

  1. One Summer in France
  2. Bunny on a Bike
  3. Stranded in the Seychelles

One Summer in France and Bunny on a Bike are currently at the special price of 99p for kindle download 🙂

I was initially drawn to this book by the title as I love stories set in France, I love the whole experience of discovering a new culture and country.  The synopsis of two girls setting off on their own adventure with just a tent sounded like fun, although I’m not sure I’d do it myself!

Even though the story was based on Bev’s own experiences it was written as a fictional novel and I soon got carried away with the girl’s enthusiasm with their trip abroad.  The book was set out with lots of small chapters and the text flowed well and from the end of each chapter you couldn’t help turning over to enjoy the next.  Bev and Carol were great mates at university and when the opportunity to go to France emerged (officially to expand the girl’s knowledge of the country) the girls couldn’t be more eager to go.  With packed rucksacks, a tent, currency and the much needed bikini the girls set off on their adventure.

It’s 1979 and we step back in time and follow this funny, heart warming, crazy travelogue of Bev and Carol’s experiences in France.  We meet some wonderful characters along the way to which Bev and Carol at the time wished they’d hadn’t!  The girls got themselves into a great daily routine and found some unorthodox ways to make the most out of camping life.  Loved their hair drying method, brilliant!  I soon found myself wishing I was travelling myself and when I got to the end of the novel I wanted to find out what happens next for the girls … so I’m off to download Bunny on a Bike: Playboy croupiers in 80s London!

A fabulous, fun read perfect for your own summer adventure 4/5*

To find out more about Bev Spicer and her books please visit the following links:





4 thoughts on “One Summer in France by Bev Spicer book review

  1. Thanks for your lovely review, Adele. So glad you enjoyed Bev and Carol’s brand of humour. I would so love to go back and do it all again:)


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