Friday, January 3, 2020

Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

My last read of 2019! And it was perfect timing, too, considering the book ends on Christmas.

Sarah Smith has never left her tiny town of Ashford. She's run a bookstore there since she was 19, she has a brand new guy she's pretty sure is the one, and she has a core group of friends that are always there for her. In short, she's pretty happy with life. But when a fellow bookstore owner and friend offers an opportunity to swap, it doesn't take much for Sarah to say yes. The store in question is in Paris, after all, and Sarah has always said she'd visit one day...

But nothing turns out quite as she'd hoped. The store is way busier than her own and the demands of working there mean very little time to get out and see the city. What's more, her boyfriend has been so overburdened by work that he has hardly any time for a phone call, much less the promised visits to her new, temporary home. 

Homesickness sets in when sales at the Paris store start to decline and the store's owner expresses her disappointment. Now Sarah has to decide whether to buckle down and try something new or give up and go home.

Rebecca Raisin's Little Bookshop on the Sèine is a charmingly light romance. And the bookstore setting is one that really speaks to me!

Sarah isn't prone to taking chances. And it's soon clear why—her own mother makes Paris out to be a place of not so hidden dangers rather than a top tourist destination. Fortunately, Sarah's desire to see and do something new after so many years wins out and she takes a chance.

But things start out rocky. Her luggage and passport are stolen on the very first day and the welcome she expected at her new store is chilly, to say the least.

Fortunately, she's taken under the wing of someone who knows the ins and outs of the store as well as the streets of her new hometown.

One of my favorite things about the book were the secret spots Sarah is introduced to throughout Paris. I'm sure some of them are completely fictional, but others are absolutely real and though I've never visited the City of Lights myself, it felt like I was there with Sarah!

There were a few extraneous plot points that felt thrown in at the last minute, but all in all this was a fun and sweet read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Huge thanks to HQN Books for inviting me to be on the tour!

For more on Rebecca Raisin and her work you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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1 comment:

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Sounds sweet, thanks for sharing your thoughts