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Monday, June 6, 2016

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin- Feature and Review


Le Vie En Rose

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 a 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!

Picturing days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and people-watching on the Champs-Elysees Sarah boards the plane. But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream isn’t quite as rosy in reality…



The Little Bookshop on the SeineThe Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin is a 2016 Carina Press UK publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher/author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with Rebecca Raisin’s Gingerbread Café novels and so it is a no brainer that I would follow her straight to her next series with eager anticipation.

While this story has a holiday theme, it can be enjoyed any time of the year because love and romance are always in season.

This story centers around Sarah Smith, who resides in our favorite small town of Ashford, and lives her life surrounded by books as she owns a charming little bookstore. Her life is comfortable, a little predictable, with her only real concern being the financial situation the bookstore is in due to an increase in rent, but no additional sales to make up the difference.

But, when Sophie, her friend from Paris, who also runs a bookshop, pleads with Sarah to switch places for a while so she can recover from a humiliating breakup, Sarah scoffs. But, Sophie convinces her to try it and well, why not? Sarah has never done anything this spontaneous and it’s about time she put a little pizzazz in her life. With her boyfriend, Ridge, away on assignment this is the perfect opportunity to see Paris and hopefully enjoy a little adventure.

However, the charming city of romance is anything but. When Sarah arrives at the bookshop she is appalled by several things, such as the sheer volume of business, the amount of paperwork, the disorganized and disrespectful staff, and most disturbing of all, the money that seems to vanish from the tills and the shoppers who blatantly steal books without any reprimand.

Not only that, Ridge is out of pocket more so than not. Their relationship has turned into a game of phone tag, leaving Sarah to wonder if a long distance relationship will work out in the long run.

This is a charming story about learning to open yourself up to new ideas, to branching out a little, gaining confidence and taking risks, even if it is much more comfortable to stay in a nice cozy little cocoon where we feel safe and secure.

I enjoyed the Paris setting, meeting Sarah’s new friends and watching her blossom in the nicest way possible.

Rebecca Raisin has a wonderful voice and produces emotional and heartfelt stories with likable and zany characters I always grow to care about and look forward to touching base with again.

This story will appeal to those who like sweet romance and women’s fiction/Chick-lit style novels.





Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Come say hello to Rebecca on her Facebook page : https://facebook.com/RebeccaRaisinAuthor

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