Monday, January 6, 2020

Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin (Blog Tour)

Author: Rebecca Raisin

ISBN: 9781335012500
Publication Date: 1/7/2020
Publisher: HQN Books

Book Summary:

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.

My Review

Small town bookshop owner, Sarah Smith, has a deep love for books and her handsome boyfriend, Ridge. Unfortunately, things haven’t been going very well for Sarah. Her bookshop isn’t doing much business and Ridge is busy flying off to different countries as a freelance reporter. Ridge is trying to make a name for himself so he cannot turn down any job offers, much to Sarah’s dismay, since they take him away from her for months at a time.

When Sarah receives a proposal from a fellow bookshop owner in Paris, things begin to take an exciting turn for Sarah. Her friend, Sophie, is dealing with a broken relationship and needs a change. She offers to switch places with Sarah for six months. Sarah would get to manage the bookshop in Paris, while Sophie manages hers in Ashford. No way Sarah could say no to that offer, especially with her love of romance novels. Paris would be the perfect place for her.

Things don’t quite go as she anticipated. Paris is definitely not the same as her small town life in Ashford. Her new co-workers are not very helpful, the customers are rude and she has to deal with a thief. Not to mention that Ridge promises her a couple of weeks in Paris, but instead only manages to be with her for one night. This was not how she dreamed it would be. However, Sarah doesn’t give up easily and intends to turn her negative experiences into positive ones.

This is a sweet novel of determination, hopes, dreams and romance all rolled into one “feel good” book.  The author did a great job of transporting me to Paris and creating a wonderful cast of characters that you can really care about and some you just wanted to shake :)

It’s the first book in the Little Paris collection and I’m planning to read the next one as well. This is a new-to-me author with a huge backlist of books. I’m going to be checking them out in the near future.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Author Bio

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


  1. I've had this one on my TBR since I first saw it mentioned. How can I resist that title? And this is an author I've been wanting to try for awhile. I'm glad you enjoyed this and I'll definitely be checking it out and some of her backlist books!

  2. I'd definitely be able to relate to a bookshop owner and fellow book lover. This looks like a good read!


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