Monday, January 13, 2020

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

Author: Rebecca Raisin 
ISBN: 9781335012500
Publication Date: 1/7/2020
Publisher: HQN Books

Book Summary:

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.

My Thoughts

A book about a bookshop?! Count me in! What is not to like?! Have you seen the cover? I am in love.

Sarah Smith loves her little bookshop in her quaint little town in Connecticut. Life is good for Sarah, she knows everyone, has a great group of girlfriends and a drop dead gorgeous boyfriend. What more could a girl want? Will she be willing to walk away from all this for six whole months? You bet! When Sophie begs her to switch places so she can escape her cheating ex, Sarah realizes this is a chance of a lifetime. Sarah will be managing Once Upon a Time bookshop in Paris while Sophie will take over The Bookshop on the Corner in Connecticut. 

Sounds like a fairytale right? Until Sarah arrives in Paris to a not so warm welcome. The staff of Once Upon a Time gives her the cold shoulder, business is off the chain and Sarah just can't seem to fit in with the Paris locals.

My heart went out to Sarah as she tried to fit in. The author captures that feeling of "being new" perfectly. Sarah being new to the bookshop had no one she could trust or confide in. She felt alone and alienated. She had left a perfect life for this! Then she began to question if her long distance relationship could stand this latest test or will she find a new love in Paris?

This was my first book that I have read by this author and it was an absolute delight. Fantastic developed characters that made my heart melt. I see many more Rebecca Raisin books in my future!  A lovely story in a fantastic setting.

Thank you so much to Harlequin for inviting me along on this blog tour!

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Author Bio: Rebecca Raisin is the author of several novels, including the beloved Little Paris series and the Gingerbread Café trilogy, and her short stories have been published in various anthologies and fiction magazines. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook, and at

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