Book Review

‘The Little Bookshop on the Seine’ by Rebecca Raisin

tlbots-rrSTORY: Le Vie En Rose

Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris? Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!

Picturing days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and people-watching on the Champs-Elysees Sarah boards the plane. But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

REVIEW: Sarah lives in a small town in Connecticut and is struggling to keep her bookshop open. It’s called The Bookshop on the Corner. Her boyfriend is Ridge, a reporter, who is traveling doing freelance work. This means that their time together is minimal. Sophie owns Once Upon a Time bookshop in Paris. It’s located right along the Seine and is in a perfect location. Sarah and Sophie have become friends via a bookshop blog and Skype quite often. So, when Sophie’s heart is broken by her boyfriend, she suggests to Sarah that they exchange working at each other’s bookshops for a period of time as Sophie needs to get away. Living in Paris has always been on Sarah’s bucket list and so she agrees. They will live in each other’s apartments so it all works out perfectly.

When Sarah arrives in Paris, she is thrown right into the bookstore and becomes fascinated with the numerous customers and vast size of the store itself. Excited about being in Paris, she finds herself constantly tied to the store juggling all of the customers and endless duties. She soon discovers that while she is willing to work as many hours as necessary to get the jobs done, her French counterparts work when it pleases them to do so. However, she manages to steal some time away from the store here and there to explore the beautiful city of Paris.

Readers follow Sarah as she meets some of the regulars who come into the bookstore and stay all day. There are writers and painters and poets. The business at the bookstore is enormous with the tourists who line up to buy from the large and varied displays of books. Once Sarah lets her co-workers know she will not tolerate their attitude toward working, they come to respect her more and they become friends. They introduce Sarah to the little shops and restaurants that the tourists don’t know about but which thrill Sarah.

Although Sarah is having a lovely time in Paris, she is disappointed that her plans to spend time with Ridge keep being put on hold as he flies from one country to another chasing news stories. After three months in Paris, she is sad that they have only had one day together. With both of them so busy, they are constantly missing one another’s phone calls as well.

As Christmas approaches, Sarah is in her element making plans to decorate the bookstore for the holiday and offer lots of festive events. While she loves Christmas and is excited about it, she is hurting because Ridge is not there and she cannot help but question where their relationship is heading. As a romance novel lover, Sarah is hoping that she will be able to find her own HEA.

I loved this book. The author described the Paris that I personally know and love, including all of the things that make it such an exciting city. Romance book lovers everywhere will want to read this. I promise you that it will be a book you won’t soon forget.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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