Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Little Bookshop on the Seine - Rebecca Raisin

"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…"

I LOVE Rebecca's writing and this, the first in a new series, is no disappointment. With familiar characters that we've met before in previous books, reading The Little Bookshop on the Seine is like snuggling up in your most comfy dressing gown and slippers, in front of the fire after being caught in the rain! 
Set in Paris, beautiful descriptions of the city had me wishing I could re-visit - Rebecca obviously took her research VERY SERIOUSLY INDEED, as her descriptions of the maracons sampled by Sarah on her visit to Ladurèe were spot on! With a sweet romantic story, likeable characters and  a sense of feeling not quite too sure as to what was going to happen in some places, I really do think that as well as being Rebecca's longest novel to date, it is also her strongest. Much as I love the gang in Ashford, I found the introduction of new characters really exciting, and there was a good strong, storyline running throughout.
A brilliant, cosy, perfect-for-reading-on-gloomy-autumn-days read, Rebecca Raisin has brightened up my day once again.

The Little Bookshop on the Seine is out now and you can get it here:

PS: Just a little tip....Rebecca's Gingerbread Cafe series is now available in paperback! V exciting news and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**

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