Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

The Little Bookshop on the Seine
by Rebecca Raisin
Series: The Little Paris Collection, Book 1; The Little Bookshop, Book 2
Publication Date: October 16, 2015
Publisher: Carina UK
Source: NetGalley
Own It: Amazon / BD

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…for Christmas?
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!
Imagining days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.
But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

My Review:

I am finally finished with this book! I have to say I couldn't read it in one sitting because it was just dripping with sweetness and perfection. This is any bookworm-with-a-travel-bug's dream book. In fact, opening my own bookstore in an old building in central Paris is my dream. It was too sweet and too sentimental at times. The extravagant descriptions of discovering Paris, the bibliophile's take on the bookstore and books, and Sarah's small-town naivete. I can't take large doses of that, but when I did I definitely enjoyed it. The relationship dynamic with Sarah and Ridge was realistic: one partner a workaholic and expects the other to wait on them while the other partner is getting tired of waiting and wanting to live their life,wondering if they will always be second to work. I think a lot of people would relate to that story arc. All the friendships and relationships in this book were realistic. The side characters were great. Each one helped Sarah realize what she wanted and they were given some depth. This is definitely a cozy, feel-good book. Overall it was just a fun read that I think bibliophiles will love. 

+Setting: in an old bookstore in Paris
+Relationships Sarah has
+The way in which it was specifically written for bookworms
-Overly sweet with the descriptions and events
-/+ Everything was perfect about the book... almost too perfect...

Favorite Quote:
"Travelling has a way of peeling back the layers of a person, leaving you exposed." TJ said, picking right back up where we left off, "When you're alone, miles away from all you know and love, that's when you find out who you really are." 


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