• The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
The Little Bookshop on the Seine Book Cover The Little Bookshop on the Seine
Rebecca Raisin
Contemporary Romance
HQN Books
January 7th, 2020
ebook, paperback, audiobook, hardcover

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.

Your ticket to Paris awaits…

Rebecca Raisin has created a love song to hopeless romantics in The Little Bookshop on the Seine. The story is about bookshop owner Sarah Smith and the decisions she makes that leads her on a life-changing adventure! If you’re a fan of The Holiday then this book is going to check all your boxes.

Sarah agrees to take over her friend Sophie’s bookstore in Paris so Sophie can take a break at Sarah’s bookstore in idyllic Ashford. Upon arriving in Paris, Sophie has a less than stellar welcome. She quickly learns that the hustle and bustle of Parisian life is completely different than her sleepy New England town.

What became the most enjoyable part of reading The Little Bookshop on the Seine is experiencing Paris and falling in love with it all over again with Sarah. The people Sarah meets at the bookstore are equally unique and full of mystery as Paris itself. The journey that Sarah goes on, and the challenges that she faces are harrowing and frustrating. But learning to let go of expectations is hard on anyone, and Sarah handles the lessons she learns with the help of her new friends.  Being able to follow her journey of embracing a Parisian life makes me yearn to travel to Paris.  Sarah finally comes to embrace the people she works with, and  she also learns how to embrace her own life as well as the people she’s left behind.

The Little Bookshop on the Seine truly awakens the travel bug in me. It has made me miss the smells, sounds, and sights of Paris. There’s something alluring about picking up and just going somewhere—anywhere—at the drop of a hat. This is a story that has something for everyone: a cast of characters that are unique wanderers that find themselves in Paris, a mystery with star-crossed lovers, and all sprinkled with the magic of a bookshop.

Rebecca Raisin’s The Little Bookshop on the Seine is definitely as charming as the title! Available January 7th, this will be the book you need to start your New Year off right!