Sunday, 22 December 2019

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin wove together all of my favourites: Paris, books, true love, and the movie, The Holiday.

Sophie needs an escape from the drama of the city and Sarah is ready for an adventure outside of her small town. The two friends agree to a last minute bookshop exchange, and Sarah finds herself managing an adorable bookstore along the Seine in Paris, with views of the Eiffel Tower to top it all off. She's delighted to be in the City of Light, but not everyone who works at the bookshop welcomes her with open arms. Sarah must navigate managing the busy shop, preparing for the holidays, all while trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her journalist boyfriend, Ridge.

Rebecca Raisin crafted a beautiful Paris setting, that will fulfill your armchair travel needs while you cozy up beside the fireplace this winter. Her descriptions of the sights and sounds in Paris were so vivid, I could truly picture myself there with Sarah. I also really enjoyed the mystery surrounding the stack of old letters Sarah discovers in the store.

I will say, that I did feel that Sophie was a bit unreasonable towards Sarah throughout the novel. It was Sophie's idea to switch bookshops, with almost no notice right around the holidays, and she still gave Sarah a hard time when there were bumps along the way.

Overall, this cozy book is such a treat to read. I loved watching Sarah build her confidence and take risks. The French culture and history peppered among the pages are delightful, and the characters are easy to cheer for.

The Little Bookshop on the Seine comes out January 7, 2020, and I'm giving an early copy of this book away over on Instagram this week. Click here to find out how to enter!


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of this novel courtesy of Harper Collins Canada to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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