The Little Bookshop on the Seine

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Sarah Smith leaves a quiet, sheltered life in her small town. She owns a used book shop and spends most of her time lost between the pages of a good book. Her steamy boyfriend, Ridge, is like a real-life romance novel. When he’s in town, that is. He’s a freelance reporter and spends more time jetting around the world covering stories than being with Sarah. When her friend in Paris, who also owns a bookshop, proposes swapping lives and running each other’s shops, Sarah takes the plunge.

The premise and setting were delightful, but the story lost me early on when I just couldn’t root for Ridge and Sarah as a couple. The few interactions they had seemed over the top in a suspicious rather than romantic way. The narrative flow was slow, and new characters and a subplot were introduced halfway through that didn’t have much of an impact on the story.

Some of the characters were really great, and I would have liked the narrative to dive deeper into Sarah’s friendship with them, especially Oceane, TJ, and Luiz. It was a great idea with some heartwarming scenes, but overall I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Author Rebecca Raisin
Star Count 2/5
Format Trade
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Harlequin
Publish Date 2020-01-07
ISBN 9781335012500
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Issue April 2020
Category Popular Fiction


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