The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
It’s The Holiday on the Champs-Élysées in a great big love letter to Paris, charming old bookstores and happily-ever-afters!
When bookshop owner Sarah Smith is offered the opportunity for a job exchange with her Parisian friend Sophie, saying yes is a no-brainer—after all, what kind of romantic would turn down six months in Paris? Sarah is sure she’s in for the experience of a lifetime—days spent surrounded by literature in a gorgeous bookshop, and the chance to watch the snow fall on the Eiffel Tower. Plus, now she can meet up with her journalist boyfriend, Ridge, when his job takes him around the globe.
But her expectations cool faster than her café au lait soon after she lands in the City of Light—she’s a fish out of water in Paris. The customers are rude, her new coworkers suspicious and her relationship with Ridge has been reduced to a long-distance game of phone tag, leaving Sarah to wonder if he’ll ever put her first over his busy career. As Christmas approaches, Sarah is determined to get the shop—and her life—back in order…and make her dreams of a Parisian happily-ever-after come true.
Series: The Little Paris Collection #1
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Bookshop owner Sarah Smith’s adventure in The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin, is an amazing, picturesque, and emotional story that has Sarah growing, changing, and possibly becoming the person she needed to be. Sarah has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime, exchange bookshops with a Parisian friend for 6 months. Sarah, an introvert, led a sheltered life, books filling her life, and never left her small town. Being the true romantic that she is, Sarah knew going to Paris, the City of Love, was a no brainer. Sarah expects this exchange to a holiday, having time to wander about seeing the Parisian sights, eating croissants, sipping café au laits, and people watching. In reality when Sarah arrives, her dream is not quite as promising in reality. She deals with a staff that refuses to follow her lead, suggestions, or demands. She does make friends, lifetime friends, and discovers much about herself as she adapts to being in charge and finding a balance in her life. She falls in love with the city of Paris; how could she not. There are secondary stories that float around in this adventure, the discovery of hidden love letters, befriending a reclusive and favorite author, and Sarah dealing with the love of her life who is off covering the world. From page one I struggled putting this book down.
Ms. Raisin wrote an amazing, visual and emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with emotions, humor, and endearing characters giving Sarah a chance to grow. I highly recommend The Little Bookshop on the Seine to other readers and look forward to what Ms. Raisin has next for readers.
Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.