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The Little Bookshop on the Seine

(The Little Paris Collection #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,168 ratings  ·  569 reviews
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
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Published January 7th 2020 by HQN Books (first published October 16th 2015)
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Holly  B
Enjoyed the bookshop swap premise and setting in Paris. A lighter, quick read with a bit of romance.

Books, food, romance, and Paris what more can you want from a book? This was such a fun story with a slight holiday vibe. Rebecca Raisin brought the beauty of Paris to life with her descriptive writing and dazzling storytelling. Sarah feels as though she is in a bit of a rut so when her friend Sophie who lives in Paris offers a book shop swap she jumps at the chance. The city of lights, holiday time, and a book shop, it’s a dream come true. But has Sarah bitten off more than she can chew? The ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
A book about a bookshop?! Count me in! What is not to like?! Have you seen the cover? I am in love.

Sarah Smith loves her little bookshop in her quaint little town in Connecticut. Life is good for Sarah, she knows everyone, has a great group of girlfriends and a drop dead gorgeous boyfriend. What more could a girl want? Will she be willing to walk away from all this for six whole months? You bet! When Sophie begs her to switch places so she can escape her cheating ex, Sarah realizes this is a
DJ Sakata
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I only ran if chocolate was involved, and even then it was more a fast walk.

What? Just ’cause I’m an old woman that don’t mean I can’t appreciate beauty! My eyesight still works plenty fine!

Missy had a thing about boosting people up, she only saw the good in a person and threw compliments around like confetti.

The closest I’d come to confrontation was when the local book club dissolved into a heated argument, their opinions divided, and someone had to stand in and
The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin is a 2016 Carina Press UK publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher/author and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I fell in love with Rebecca Raisin’s Gingerbread Café novels and so it is a no brainer that I would follow her straight to her next series with eager anticipation.

While this story has a holiday theme, it can be enjoyed any time of the year because love and romance are always in season.

This story
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In small-town Connecticut, Sarah Smith’s bookshop is struggling. As quiet and peaceful as Ashford is, her business has become a little too quiet. Despite her wonderful group of friends, Sarah feels stuck, and her mostly long-distance relationship with freelance journalist Ridge has become increasingly distant as he is constantly called away on stories. When offered the chance for a bookshop exchange with her friend Sophie, Sarah has no trouble saying yes. The best part - it’s in Paris.

Rebecca Raisin is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors so this post is extra special. You may recall that I read, reviewed and LOVED her book, “Rosie’s Traveling Tea Shop” but that is simply my favorite among many of her books that I’ve read. Now added to that list of faves is “Little Bookshop on the Seine.” I mean, who doesn’t love a story set in both Paris and a bookstore!?

Sarah owns her own little bookstore in a small town across the street from her best friend’s cafe. Readers of
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Paris, love, Christmas, relationships, books.

This was a perfect Christmas story and a fantastic continuation of Sarah and Ridge's story from The Bookshop on the Corner. It was also the perfect introduction to the Little Paris collection and I will absolutely be reading on.

From the very first page, that was me. Sucked right in. This book is pretty magical, perfect for the festive season. But it is also startlingly realistic. It isn't a fairy-tale. It has me craving gingerbread lattes and
Erin Clemence
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Quiet and reserved bookshop owner Sarah Smith is given the oppourtunity to swap bookstores with her friend Sophie in Paris, both of them leaving their lives behind and taking over the others’ business and homes. Normally a home body, Sarah jumps at the chance and soon she is living in Sophie’s house in Paris, and running her bookshop. However, she is soon
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
As a reader, there is nothing that enchants me more than a setting of a bookshop. However, as much as I loved the setting, I wished for more in the story and I also wished for more in the romance.

Honestly, the story was fairly boring. I held out hope that it would get better once the main character met a new love interest. Well. I can't give any spoilers away but know this: I was disappointed on that front. That's all I will say.

For the romance component of this novel, there was no chemistry
Andrea C. *andreandherbookss*
A big thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Originally 3.5 stars but changed to 4 stars.

This book had a lot of great charm. I really enjoyed the Paris setting; the descriptions of the atmosphere and its beauty were just great. If you love traveling books like I do, this has a great setting. I also really liked the characters and how their personalities were so unique to themselves and their identity. Everyone was described
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

So this was just a so-so romance read. I usually am all over Christmas romance books, but this one was pretty lackluster. The heroine (Sarah Smith) is a doormat for a good 3/4 of this book. And it didn't help that Raisin threw in a side plot dealing with letters that were left behind that added nothing to the story. I think the main problem is that the book at first reads as if this is a second book in a
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Rebecca Raisin I have read and it feels like the second in a series, although the product description does say “The Little Paris Collection #1”, so don’t quote me on that – it is just that you get the feeling of a past story right from page one. Sarah Smith is a small town American who has never travelled much beyond Ashford, the quintessential small town she grew up in. Until now, that is, when she is offered the chance to “swap book shops” for six months. She will go to Paris ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea how Rebecca Raisin does it, but she keeps writing enchanting heart warming stories, that you never want to end, and The Little Bookshop on the Seine is no exception. This is such a loving story, with some stunning descriptions of Paris.

In fact this is Paris in the run up to Christmas, and not just the tourists Paris, we are taken to all manner of local secret places, as Sarah becomes more comfortable in Paris, and her French improves. Sarah is amazed, as am I , about the The
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosy, heartwarming, and sweet!

Full review to follow shortly.
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THE LITTLE BOOKSHOP ON THE SEINE by Rebecca Raisin is a new women’s fiction novel that is the first book in the author’s “The Little Paris Collection” and the second in “The Bookshop” series. This book is set in Paris during the holiday season, but it can be enjoyed any time of the year and it can be read as a standalone.

Small town bookshop owner Sarah Smith is feeling something is missing from her life. She has all her books that
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
We all dream of a Parisian style happily ever after. In Rebecca Raisin’s 2015 release, The Little Bookshop on the Seine, her leading lady, Sarah Smith is given a chance to fulfil this dream. A bookshop swap affords Sarah with the opportunity to trade her own bookshop in the small town Ashford, for a Paris based bookshop for a six month period. Sarah hopes this temporary move to Paris will strengthen her relationship with her investigative reporter boyfriend
***Actual Rating: 3.5/5 Swoony Christmas Stars***

To begin with, The Little Bookshop on the Seine has everything I'm looking for when it comes to chick-lit, women fiction, contemporary romance. Simply imagine strolling down the beautiful streets during Christmas time in the city of Love...and French kiss, a.k.a. Paris, with your significant other, mmm, how romantic is that!? The pure imagination already gets me all swoon-worthy, let alone having an old-fashioned bookshop in the same picture.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
How disappointing. I kept waiting for the heroine to realize her boyfriend was cheating on her, because how could he not be the way it was written? The man's (female, presumably super attractive) photographer answers his cell phone for him completely out of breath. What the hell else could be going on? I kept waiting for the realization... The heartbreak... The realization that they'd grown apart anyway so it wasn't as tragic as she thought it was, and oh here's the amazing, kind, talented ...more
Carlene Inspired
Sarah Smith feels like something is missing. She's got her bookstore, her friends, her books, and Ridge Warner, but she's no longer satisfied with it all. Then she gets a call from a fellow bookstore owner, Sophie, who interests Sarah with the idea of a bookstore swap. Without much thought, Sarah trades spaces with Sophie and moves to Paris to run Once Upon a Time. She's got a list of items on her bucket list she'd like to complete while there, along with spend some quality time with Ridge while ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most beautiful books I have read in recent times in this genre. The book had everything which captured my heart and turned me into mush. Rebecca Raisin is a fabulous storyteller, the one who knows how to capture the spirit of the place and infuse magic in her words.

Sarah a bookseller from Ashford USA and Sophie from Paris decided to exchange their bookshops. Sarah came armed with dreams and a desire to do something different, maybe find herself in the process. The first day itself
Carol (Reading Ladies)
2.5-3 Stars (rounded to 3 for fans of Romance)

Thanks #netgalley #harlequin for a free e copy of #thelittlebookshopontheseine in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sarah is living a quiet life in a small town, owns a small, quaint bookstore, and enjoys spending time with her close friends. Even though she has a boyfriend, she seldom sees him because he’s a freelance journalist who chases stories around the world. Sarah also has in internet friend, Sophie, who owns a bookstore
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just quit this at the 3/4 mark. I could not go on. By far the worst book I have read in forever. The story was so silly and poorly written. I’m happy to read cheesy and somewhat unbelievable romances occasionally, especially around the holidays, but this was really terrible. Errors in the writing and terribly written minor characters-yuck. Just glad I only paid 99cents. I cannot believe how anyone rated this one above 3 stars max!
The Lit Bitch
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s the last day of the decade and I can’t believe a new year and decade is already here! I am closing out this year with a fun little romance number here that is set in Paris.

This book wasn’t a hard sell for me. I mean come on…..a bookshop romance set in Paris with a little holiday flair? No brainer right there.

Everything I hoped to get out of this book, I got. I hoped for romance, a happy ending, and a fun trip through Paris—check, check, check. I especially was looking forward to revisiting
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
A book about a bookstore is always enticing to a book lover. Right? Sarah owns a bookstore in Connecticut, in the town where she grew up and never left. She has a friend in Paris that also owns a bookstore. They decide to shake up their lives and swap locations for a few months. How hard can this be Sarah reasons. What’s not to love - books, bookstore, Paris!! Once Sarah arrives she wonders what she’s gotten into. The daily running of a bookstore is much different in Paris than in Connecticut. ...more
Kristin (Always With a Book)
This is the first book I've read by Rebecca Raisin and I have a feeling it definitely won't be the last! I'm a complete sucker when it comes to books about books or bookshops and this completely nails it on both fronts, not to mention that it is also set in Paris, a city that I hope to one day visit.

One of my favorite movies to watch around Christmastime is The Holiday and so I absolutely loved that this book was a slight twist on that. I loved that Rebecca Raisin gives us all the sights and
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Let's be honest here, I'm a sucker for any book that written about books. You know you are too, come on, don't lie, it doesn't matter what genre you read. Any book that has bookstore, bookshop, library, reading, novel, or the word book in the title is an immediate automatic purchase. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone, our secret stays right here, where everyone can read it, but no-one but you and I ever will.

Little Bookshop on the Seine was one of those books. I knew when I saw it I wanted to
Bethany Clark
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying how much I LOVE this cover! I would have to say it's my favorite of 2015 to date! The colors are amazing, Sarah looks amazing and the Paris back drop couldn't be more beautiful. As I have stated in some of my tweets, after reading this piece I am planning a trip to Paris!
The details that Rebecca used in regards to the city alone paint the most amazing picture and I truly felt as though I was there and could imagine everything that Sarah was seeing!

I am jealous of Ms.
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I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Carina UK in exchange for an honest review.


This is going to be a very short review seeing as I didn't even finish the first chapter. I'm also not going to put a spoiler tag in this review.

The book starts off with our main character Sarah putting up a 50% off sign on her bookstore. Its been a very hard time for her and she may have to close her bookstore. Her boyfriend then calls and says that
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hoopla, libby
In this first full length novel in The Little Paris Collection, Sarah Smith leaves her beloved bookstore in Ashford to run her friend Sophie's book store in Paris. They agree to swap places and run one another's store for a few months. Sarah's love, Ridge Warner, is away on assignment as a free lance reporter, so she decides to agree to the suggestion made by Sophie, and experience time in Paris. As soon as Sarah gets there, things go awry. Her life in Paris isn't at all like she pictured, and ...more
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“My life is too lonely without fictional people crowding my mind.” 26 likes
“Second hand books had so much life in them. They'd lived, sometimes in many homes, or maybe just one. They'd been on airplanes, traveled to sunny beaches, or crowded into a backpack and taken high up a mountain where the air thinned.

"Some had been held aloft tepid rose-scented baths, and thickened and warped with moisture. Others had child-like scrawls on the acknowledgement page, little fingers looking for a blank space to leave their mark. Then there were the pristine novels, ones that had been read carefully, bookmarks used, almost like their owner barely pried the pages open so loathe were they to damage their treasure.

I loved them all.

And I found it hard to part with them. Though years of book selling had steeled me. I had to let them go, and each time made a fervent wish they'd be read well, and often.

Missy, my best friend, said I was completely cuckoo, and that I spent too much time alone in my shadowy shop, because I believed my books communicated with me. A soft sigh here, as they stretched their bindings when dawn broke, or a hum, as they anticipated a customer hovering close who might run a hand along their cover, tempting them to flutter their pages hello. Books were fussy when it came to their owners, and gave off a type of sound, an almost imperceptible whirr, when the right person was near. Most people weren't aware that books chose us, at the time when we needed them.”
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