Expected publication: January 7th 2020 by HQN (first published October 16th 2015)
Synopsis: 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.
I enjoy a good Christmas story, throw in romance and a bookshop and I am all over it. The setting of this story also drew my attention, I mean Christmas in Paris. Having said all that, the story didn’t wow me. I found the main character, Sarah Smith to be very weak. She let her boyfriend, the handsome, book-boyfriend come alive, walk all over her. She went to Paris to run the bookstore with the hope that she and Ridge would spend some romantic time together. He showed up for one 24 hour period only. She took most of the book to finally assert herself at the bookstore and get things sorted out. I was not happy with her at all. Some of the other characters, such as Oceane, TJ and Luiz were more to my liking. They were stronger, stood up for what they wanted and were very likable. They took Sarah under their wings and were the ones that finally got her to stand up to the staff. There was more than one happily ever after in this story, but I do not want to give anything away. One of the best things about this book were the descriptions of Paris and all the little places Sarah visited. I loved learning about the personalities and quirks of the Parisian business owners. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and there will be many that will love this story. I liked Rebecca Raisin’s writing style and the story flowed well, it was just a bit too perfect of an ending for me. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Rebecca Raisin is the author of several novels, including the beloved Little Paris series and the Gingerbread Café trilogy, and her short stories have been published in various anthologies and fiction magazines. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook, and at http://www.rebeccaraisin.com