Review by Veronica

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Series Name: The Little Paris Collection # 1

Mom, my books have taken me around the world, but it’s time I stepped from the pages, so I can see it for myself.”

If you are a fan of happily-ever-after books and all things Paris, then you are going to love The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin, which is the first book in The Little Paris Collection. 

Sarah Smith should be happy. She owns a cute bookshop in Ashford and is in love with Ridge, her gorgeous boyfriend. But she feels like she is missing something in her life, but she doesn’t know what. Her friend Sophie, who owns a bookshop in Paris, asks Sarah if she wants to do a job exchange. Sarah doesn’t have to think twice about saying YES! Working in Paris would also mean she could have a much-needed romantic vacation with Ridge. Sarah’s dream of what it would be like to run a Paris bookshop quickly turns into a nightmare she’s trying to wake up from. The bookshop staff don’t respect her, the customers are cranky, and the Parisian work culture is hard to understand. And, if things couldn’t get any worse, her relationship with Ridge seems to be falling apart. Will Sarah be able to find it in herself to take charge of the little bookshop before she lets Sophie down? 

I felt like I was walking in the streets of Paris when I was reading this book. I love how Rebecca really focused on Sarah and her journey of leaving her small town for the first time and learning that she is more than just a bookshop owner. Sarah is a likeable character. She is sweet, kind, and a big old book nerd. It was really heart-warming watching Sarah come into her own in this book.

The relationship between Sarah and Ridge was not the main focus of this book, which was surprising. There were some cute moments between these two that made my heart flutter, but their relationship really focused on how difficult it is to maintain a long-distance relationship. There were many miss calls and cancelled plans, and the romantic in me was heartbroken when it looked like things weren’t going to work out between them. Don’t worry; they get their happy ending. I kind of love that by the end of the book, Sarah was no longer always waiting around for Ridge’s calls; instead, she was out living her best Parisian life. 

This book is a great book to read if you are longing to escape your home and travel to the beautiful streets of Paris and get lost in a beautiful old bookshop. 

Read our review of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop here.

Read our review of Aria’s Travelling Book Shop here.

Read our review of The Bookshop on the Corner here.

If you are interested in more books that take place in bookshops, check out our list Love Between the Stacks

Looking for more books set in dreamy destinations? Try our list Take Me Away!