Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin is a sweet winter romance. The setting is perfect and the characters are interesting as well. The ending seemed to tie up far too neatly, however, which takes away from its realistic concept.

Review: The Little Bookshop on the SeineTitle: The Little Bookshop on the Seine (The Little Paris Collection #1)
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: January 7, 2020

three-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

I really enjoy a story that is set in a bookshop, and The Little Bookshop on the Seine is the ideal place. The author’s descriptions of Paris, the food, the people, and the shop itself really give a very lovely vibe. It will definitely give readers a travel itch as they read about Sarah’s adventures.

❀ Bookworm Main Character

Sarah is your typical bookworm character that lives in small town USA. Her friends are close-knit and she hasn’t seen much of the world past her little bookshop. Having never read any of the author’s other books, it was easy to jump in and learn about all of these characters for the first time. There are some really interesting ones, including an author who spends his days writing in a hidden location of the shop.

❀ An HEA Romance

Although the story is a light and easy read, it does have some drama that needs to be worked out. Maybe I haven’t read enough HEA (happily ever after) romance novels to review the genre properly, however, the problems that the characters are going through seem to tie up and vanish all at once at the end of the book. Personally, I would have preferred something to long for in the next book in the series.

Fans of HEA romance novels will be sure to love The Little Bookshop on the Seine. The story is easy to follow and the characters are engaging. It is a sweet read for a cold winter day.

About Rebecca Raisin

Rebecca Raisin

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

21 thoughts on “Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    I love the setting! I’ve never traveled to Paris, but now I can through this novel. HEA books are my favorites.

  2. Angela says:

    I love anything Paris-related. I’m not a huge fan of everything tying up really neatly right at the end of a book, but the story kind of sounds like a light fluffy read that lends itself to that.

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