Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Little Bookshop on the Seine – by Rebecca Raisin

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The blurb:

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…

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Remember The Bookshop on the Corner?! Well, in the Rebecca Raisin world this means being back in Ashford with one of my fave book loving character. Sarah Smith runs the bookshop on the corner, blogs about books and loves all about the romance in books. I adored her first story and was really excited to have her back.

She still runs the shop and she is still with Ridge when the story starts. Ridge is traveling the world to chase some stories. They talk a lot on the phone, but Sarah soon finds that this is really hard.

Her friend Sophie from Paris wants to switch places, so that they run each other’s bookshops. Sarah leaves her bookshop and her friends behind and goes to Paris.

She experiences a whole new world there, she has to get used to it all and the people there are not easy on her. Sophie’s way of running a shop is very different and Sarah has difficulties getting along with the staff, it doesn’t get easier when somebody starts to steal the money.

In Oceane and TJ she finds two friends, who are always there for her and they are really funny and unique actually. I really enjoyed reading about them. Beatrice is a very interesting character as well, she seems rude and bitchy at first, but it all has a reason.
Lucy from Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm has an appearance as well, which was great to see.
Lil, CeeCee and Missy get their little part as well and because I’m so in love with Ashford and all of them, that was just what I needed.

For Sarah this is all a big journey and she learns a lot. She learns to stand up for herself and be strong. It’s hard on her with Ridge not being by her side, which made him coming to Paris even more special. Sarah starts questioning their relationship, but I think it just made their bind stronger and Ridge actually just had something really sweet in mind and that was the reason for him working all the time.

Paris always is a beautiful setting, but in my opinion it’s even more fascinating with Rebecca’s writing. Her descriptions of the city are wonderful and just perfect.

Rebecca wrote another wonderful story and I just love this world with great characters she has created, excited of what is next! ;)


My passible cast: 

Sarah: Lucy Hale

Ridge: Ian Somerhalder

Rebecca on Twitter: @jaxandwillsmum
Goodreads - Amazon UK - Amazon UK

The Little Paris Collection:
The Little Bookshop on the Seine
The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower
The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées

Also by Rebecca Raisin

The Gingerbread Café trilogy:

Christmas at the Gingerbread Café
Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café
Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café

The Bookshop on the Corner

Secrets at the Maple Syrup Farm


Rebecca Raisin
is a bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short-story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and, most importantly, believe in true, once-in-a-lifetime love.

Follow her on twitter @jaxandwillsmum

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