Rebecca Raisin comes to the blog with the first in The Little Paris Collection, a lovely woman’s fiction title with hope, holidays, books and plenty of growth in Paris in
The Little Bookshop on the Seine
Sarah owns a little bookshop that is struggling – but she’s happy to spend her days reading and chatting with her friends from the café across the street, dreaming of her ‘not seen frequently enough’ boyfriend Ridge and her worries about keeping her shop viable. She’s a bookworm in all the best senses of the word – loves her books like people, makes friends with them, would rather read in than go out, and has her favorites that cause her a physical ache when she can’t lay her hands on them. But, things aren’t all good, especially not when she hears from her friend Sophie in Paris. She and Sophie have bonded over reading and the love of books, feeling that the written word is one to be cherished and honored – no matter what others may think. But Sophie’s relationship has dissolved in spectacular fashion, with her man moving on to another woman in the shop next door, and announcing their relationship to the world. Sophie needs out – but can’t leave her shop without a manager – and Sarah has always talked about the romance of Paris and her desire to visit. Simple solution – pack up and trade spaces – leaving Sarah in charge of Sophie’s store in Paris – with all of the associated glamor and tourist opportunities, while Sophie comes to her little town and works in Sarah’s shop.
Arriving in Paris, totally befuddled and unused to the hustle and bustle of the city, not to mention her first real trip away from home, Sarah is stunned to find a less than welcoming atmosphere in the shop, with crowds, lines and a very ‘unique’ organization of employees, part timers, hangers on and more than a bit of “French” brusqueness. The staff don’t listen to her apologetic suggestions of what needs to change, they openly challenge or ignore her, and where she hoped for time to be a tourist and wander the city are shelved for spreadsheets, balancing the books and reporting on the operations of the shop to Sophie on a regular basis. It’s going to take some doing for Sarah to find her feet and make the adjustments needed, all while sales are flagging and money is missing from the till. It doesn’t help that Ridge, who was supposed to be there keeps putting off his visits all while his phone goes ignored, or worse, answered by some woman.
From the struggles both with organization and against the “French Way” of doing things, to battles with staff and worries about sales, it will take some serious determination on Sarah’s part, along with some growth, to make a real go of her time in Paris, and when she finally finds that balance between “boss’ and “operations’ with the actual people and the chaos the ‘workers’ create with doing what she came to do, without apologizing, and a famous named author being a regular in a small upstairs room who has a sympathetic ear and a solid sense of humor – the story moves forward without dwelling too much on the struggles of small indie stores and the challenges of changing countries on almost a whim with a readable tale with a heroine that is easy to enjoy, as she muddles through trying to keep her head up and moving forward. This was a fun story that provided an escape to Paris, with it’s unique draw, and the connection to a character that will be a favorite for many booklovers out there.
Title: The Little Bookshop on the Seine
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Series: The Little Paris Collection #1
Also in this series: The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, France, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: France
Published by: Carina UK
Published on: 7 January, 2020 (Re-Release)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 17 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
A Side Note: Somehow I missed getting this review out there earlier – Apologies to the author and publisher for my failure to post the review closer to release date!