Author: Rebecca Raisin
Published: 16 October 2015
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 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!
Imagining days surrounded by novels, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and people-watching on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.
But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that a fairytale romance in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…
I picked this book up last weekend, before I had the opportunity to be part of the book cover reveal this week. I’d like to think that there was a bit of serendipity at work.
I have a real soft spot for stories based around extended families made from friends of all shapes and sizes. This is just what I found here.
From the start Sarah needs a change, something more than staying in her small bookshop in Ashford, a small town in the east coast State of Connecticut.
The Little Bookshop on the Seine is the first I’ve read from Rebecca Raisin, although I have a few stacked in my Kindle’s virtual TBR pile. And even though it is a continuation of The Bookshop on the Corner it is a good standalone novel.
Bookshop owner Sarah is a romantic, in love with the idea of love. Not one of the world’s well-travelled she’s barely stepped from the town boundaries of Ashford. Then Sophie, a friend and fellow shop owner she’s met online, offers a bookshop swap for six months. After a disastrous romantic entanglement Sophie needs to break away from life in Paris.
Once upon a Time is everything that The Bookshop on the Corner isn’t. It’s a thriving bustling shop, with hardly any downtime and a cast of staff that is mind-boggling.
Sarah agrees to a six-month swap, dreaming of wandering down the Champs-Élysées and climbing the Eiffel Tower. Reality is slightly different. On her harried arrival, where she manages to get lost en route to the shop, she is swept along with the hustle and bustle of serving customers until she realises that her bag, passport and money has all been stolen.
Soon she realised that she really is a long way from home, and just how far away boyfriend Ridge is as he jets around the world looking for his next story.
The Little Bookshop on the Seine is a story of growth and really a modern age coming of age tale for Generation X.