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The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection #1) by Rebecca Raisin

The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection #1) by Rebecca Raisin

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.


3.5 Stars:

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.

Buy Links:  Harlequin – Indiebound – Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Books-A-Million – Target – Walmart – Google – iBooks – Kobo


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

Social Links: Author Website – TwitterFacebook – Instagram – Goodreads

 

Merry Christmas

To those of you who are celebrating Christmas today, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Stacking The Shelves – December 22, 2019

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews and  Marlene of Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, books for review from authors, Netgalley, Edelweiss or publishers,  gifts or books you won. I stocked up last week, this week, only one from Netgalley and 5 audiobooks, 3 that were already on my TBR (only 2 additions). Continue reading “Stacking The Shelves – December 22, 2019”

Gift Ideas: Everyone Gets a Book!

Carol, at The Reading Ladies, posted this list and it is so amazing, I wanted to share it with you all.

Reading Ladies

December 11, 2019

Give a Book as a Holiday Gift!

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top ten tuesdayI’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for a December Freebie. I decided to dedicate my Top Ten Tuesday Freebie to books you might give as GIFTS! And….ahem…there are a few more than ten! (You’ve been warned!)

As you plan your holiday gift giving, you might be looking for book recommendations. Check out a few of my FAVORITE suggestions below!

Some of these are fairly new releases while others are a few years older. All titles are Amazon affiliate links. Many of these books have been reviewed on the blog and my available reviews are linked.

Books Men Might Enjoy

(I’ve also read most of these!)

The River by Peter Heller (wilderness survival, thriller) My review.

Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Stacking The Shelves – December 8, 2019

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews and  Marlene of Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, books for review from authors, Netgalley, Edelweiss or publishers, or gifts. The last few weeks I have practised relative restraint, but this week, that went out the window. Continue reading “Stacking The Shelves – December 8, 2019”

Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave #15 December 6

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Hello and Happy Friday! I decided to join in The Positivity Wave. Originally started by  Meggy @ Chocolate’n’Waffles but I saw it posted by nickimags @ The Secret Library Book Blog and Jonetta@BlueMoodCafe. It is a time to spread some positivity amongst all the doom and gloom on social media and in the news. Please feel free to join in with your own Happy Friday post and link to Meggy’s post so that she knows and say ‘hi’. Continue reading “Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave #15 December 6”

Stacking The Shelves – November 24, 2019

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews and  Marlene of Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, books for review from authors, Netgalley, Edelweiss or publishers, or gifts. I did receive quite a few from Netgalley this week, but almost half were children’s books. Continue reading “Stacking The Shelves – November 24, 2019”

Cover Reveal: Wild Sky by Lexi Rees, @rararesources, @lexi_rees

Coming Soon: Wild Sky by Lexi Rees Continue reading “Cover Reveal: Wild Sky by Lexi Rees, @rararesources, @lexi_rees”

Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger & Sandra Koutzenko Blog Blitz @rararesources

Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide was published in June and is a book that I definitely want to read. I haven’t had the chance yet, but wanted to highlight this non-fiction book on this blog blitz day. This non-fiction book would be a perfect selection for those participating in Non-Fiction November.

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