Inspired by a series that I wrote as a teenager, Bienvenue is the first in a new young adult series about a group of girls who travel and grow up together.
This first adventure takes the girls to one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Paris, France. Nellie’s Aunt Emma invites her and two of her friends to come visit Emma and her family for two weeks. Since Anna and Miyoko have to stay behind for family obligations, Nellie, Patty, and Lavinia join in the adventure. Despite the six-hour time difference and three thousand miles between France and the United States, the girls are never more than a tweet or Facebook message away from each other.
In this first novel, we meet five teenaged friends: Lavinia Welch, Helen “Nellie” Tryke, Patricia “Patty” Monaghan, Anna Anderson, and Miyoko Raymond. Lavinia is obsessed with French culture and can always be heard singing along to the radio with her friends. Nellie, the unspoken leader of the group, is never seen without her drawing pens and notebooks. Patty rolls her eyes at her family’s vegan ways and enjoys math and science. When Anna isn’t taking care of her eight younger siblings, she enjoys playing the clarinet. Miyoko honors her Japanese heritage by keeping up with her Japanese and her faraway cousins in Japan.
When they’re not visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, each girl has their own journey of self-discovery to complete. Will Nellie’s parents understand their daughter’s desire to be an artist? Will Lavinia find her self-confidence in singing again? What will it be like for Patty to be away from her vegan family for the first time?
This book is now available as an ebook from Amazon. It will be available in paperback soon.