The Little Bookshop on the Seine

The Little Bookshop on the Seine

by Rebecca Raisin


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ISBN-13: 9781335012500
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 161,370
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Raisin is the author of several novels, including the beloved Little Paris series and the Gingerbread Café trilogy, and her short stories have been published in various anthologies and fiction magazines. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook, and at

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The Little Bookshop On The Seine (The Little Paris Collection, Book 1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
taramichelle 2 days ago
The Little Bookshop on the Seine completely sold me on the idea of the bookstore swap and Paris. I think I was expecting more of a romantic comedy (similar to the movie The Holiday) and that’s not what this book is. Instead, it’s more of a contemporary romance. I think if I’d gone in with the right expectations, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. It has a great finding-your-way journey, some excellent friendships, and a bookstore that will haunt your dreams (seriously, I want to move in). I’d recommend reading this one around the holidays, it has that holiday cheer that works perfectly during that time of year. Also, fair warning, you will want to travel to Paris after reading this. *Disclaimer: I received a free advance digital copy of this book from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Renwarsreads 7 days ago
It was so enjoyable following Sara on this journey. From small town book store to the Once Upon A Time book shop on the Siene in France. She really had a lot of obstacles that she had to deal with a long the way, but she made the decision, left her comfort zone, and really embraced life! She was content in her small town life, but something made her take this risk and when she traded bookshops with a friend in France, she turned her whole life upside down. I really liked reading about her coming into her own and taking control of things, making new friends, enjoying the sights in France and figuring out her love life.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I greatly enjoyed this book. I do love books set in Paris, bookshops, libraries, and tea shops (oh, and bake shops), so they had me at "Bonjour". Fun!
thicks 19 days ago
Tis the season for cheesy Christmas romances but hey I love Hallmark movies so this should be easy. Well it's a little painful with all of the side stories and with the h herself being well let's just say easy to walk over. There's plenty going on and this could have been an amazing read especially with the changes and growth in the h as she went from woe is me to I got this and took control. Either way there's just too much distracting and taking away from what could have been good and then not enough of the glue to make it work at least for me. The wonderful thing about books is that we all see something different and while this didn't work for me doesn't mean it wont work for you.
FrancescaFB 23 days ago
bowlergirl81 24 days ago
Sarah Smith and her friend Sophie exchange jobs. Sophie has a bookstore in Paris and Sarah has one in a small town in the US. Sophie is trying to escape from a bad break up and Sarah is hoping to get out of the rut she's in, maybe by running a shop in Paris she'll be able to see her globe-trotting reporter fiancee, Ridge, more often. What Sarah didn't realize was how buy and difficult to run the Paris bookshop would be. Suspicious things are happening at the shop, customers are rude, and schedules are very different (as in there really isn't a work schedule, people basically work when they want.) At first the shop is struggling under Sarah's management but can she turn it around with the help of her new coworkers? This is the first book I've read by Rebecca Raisin, but I'll definitely check out others in the future. #TheLittleBookshopOnTheSeine #NetGalley
TarynLee 25 days ago
Sarah Smith doesn't realize she needs a change in her life, something that will shake things up and maybe give her a different view. She runs a bookshops she loves and has always dreamed of owning. There's the great boyfriend, although she doesn't get to see him as much as she would like. She has friends that are always there ready to bring some sushi e to her day. What could be better? When an unexpected call from a Parisian friend gives her the opportunity to make another dream come true she immediately says yes! Who wouldn't want to live in Paris for a few months and run a business there, one just like her own. Sarah jumped at the chance but soon begins to wonder if she made her decision in haste. She decides not to let fear over take her and change wait to experience all Paris has to offer. The excitement and her expectations take a dive when she gets lost after being in Paris a short time. Things don't seem to be any better when she starts working at the bookshop and realizes that the staff is rude, show up when they want, and don't seem to take her seriously. She soon believes that this trip was a mistake and can't wait to get back to her world and business. She decides to stick it out and with the holiday approaching looks forward to putting up her own touches and hopefully bringing forth the Christmas spirit in her staff. Will she be able to turn things around and make her dream of a lovely Christmas in Paris come true? This was a great read showing that when things get hard and don't go your way you should never give up. Dreams are what we make of them, when they veer in a different direction.that doesn't mean we should give up on them, just change how we see that dream.
PatriciaFairweatherRomero 28 days ago
Sarah Smith is a small-town girl. Opening her own bookshop at 19, she lives between the pages of romance books. She has great friends, and a hot journalist boyfriend as well. One day out of the blue, her friend Sophie from Paris, calls to suggest they swap places for six months! Running each other's shops and taking a break from their own lives to experience what the other is lacking. It doesn't take long for Sarah to hop on a plane for Paris and diving into Sophie's shop, Once Upon A Time. Upon arrival, her bag, luggage, and passport are lifted. The shop is in disarray and one girl, in particular, is out to get her. The shop is doing awful financially and Beatrice is not helping the situation at all. No one has a schedule, books are taken at will, and her hot boyfriend is on assignment and nowhere near Paris! So far she feels out of her comfort zone and hated by the entire staff. But with help from a couple of good guys and gals, she just may pull off making a go of the shop and a go of her relationship.  Paris, the city of lights, love, and possibilities! Are there struggles? Oh, yes. But in the end, I think it may work out just fine. A pleasure to read. NetGalley/ January 07, 2020 Harlequin
Lindsey_BringMyBooks 3 months ago
I wanted to like this one so badly - I really did - but it just fell flat on almost every count for me. The main character didn't seem to have much depth to her, and I didn't connect to her relationship AT ALL (honestly, thought she should've just dropped him). The only saving grace was the love letter to Paris written throughout this book, but even that wasn't enough - and, at times, felt a bit caricature-ish. It might seem like a tiny detail to matter so much, but honestly, the thing that bothered me the most about this book was the Parisian bookstore owner. She begs for this American to come run her store, and then spends basically the entire time she's in America berating the other woman for running her store into the ground? Especially considering the Parisian woman gave the American no heads up at all about the absolute shambles she was handing over in terms of staff. Every single time this came up it drove me absolutely bonkers. If you're so upset about it, give me some advice on how to work with your staff or just come back to the shop yourself! *end rant* Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the gifted book and opportunity to read and review it prior to its publication date! This in no way affected my review, all opinions are my own.
Xkoqueen 3 months ago
I’m new to author Rebecca Raisin, and I found her story to be sweet and heartwarming. I did not realize that The Little Bookshop on the Seine was a follow-on from a prior book of the author’s (The Bookshop on the Corner), and I had no problem jumping into the storyline. When Sophie and Sarah trade places, I would have thought that Sophie would leave Sarah with more detailed information about her business, given how tight she held the reins. While Sophie expected Sarah to keep everything the same, she makes many changes at Sarah’s business. Sarah’s business thrives with the changes, and Sophie’s business declines under Sophie’s strict mandates. Sarah jumps at the chance for this adventure, and she quickly learns that the grass is not greener on the other side, but a different shade of brown. She leaves coddling parents and supportive friends for a vision of romantically exploring Paris after she closes up the bookshop everyday. What she gets is a difficult staff, antiquated business practices, tedious bookkeeping, and a long-distance boyfriend whose phone keeps getting answered by his female coworker while they are traveling on assignment. Her only respite comes from the mysterious gentleman who spends most days quietly in one of the bookshop’s obscure rooms. When they discover a bundle of old love letters, they set off to discover who the correspondents are and if the two ever realized their dreams of a life together. I loved Ms. Raisin’s vivid description of Paris and the various secondary characters. I felt that I accompanied Sarah on her journey to bistros, back-alley antique shops, and boulangeries. I adored the Paris bookshop’s staff and the complexity they brought to the story. Sarah’s relationships with each of them creates a richer story, and those relationships make the book more contemporary fiction/women’s literature rather than a romance. I struggled with the viability of Sarah and Ridge’s relationship throughout the story, and I spent much of the book wishing Sarah would let go of her obsession with Ridge and adventurously take in all that she could of Paris. In the end, author Rebecca Raisin gives her readers a message of friendship, love, and self-confidence. Even though it took entirely too long for timid Sarah to find her way, she eventually comes into her own in Paris, and I finished the story believing that Sarah grew confident enough to tackle anything.
LoveLiBooks 3 months ago
Thank you to netgalley and HQN for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Sarah Smith is a bookshop owner in a quiet town in CT. She’s struggling to keep it afloat when her fellow bookshop owner in Paris, Sophie, asks if she wants to swap lives for a few months. Who can turn down a trip to Paris? Running a bookshop by the Seine sounds magical right? What follows is a classic case of expectations vs reality. Parisians aren’t as nice as Sarah expected, her new employees come and go as they please, money is missing from the register, and she misses her boyfriend. Can she turn it around by Christmas? When I picked it up I didn’t realize it’s a holiday read but it’s perfect! Unpopular opinion but I went to Paris many years ago and had a similar experience as Sarah - I didn’t find the Parisians friendly at all and that was hard for me as a tourist. I did love all the pastry shops tho I often got aggravated by Sarah because she was so passive and I felt that she could have done more to turn things around faster, but she got there eventually. Overall, this is a cute heartwarming story perfect for the holidays.
BookishinMidlife 3 months ago
As soon as I saw Bookshop in the title, I knew I had to read this. Rebecca Raisin managed to write a cozy rom-com with the most romantic backdrop of all, Paris. Sarah feels like she has run out of gas and needs a change in her life. In comes her friend Sophie who lives in the city of love. When Sophie offers her a chance to do a bookshop swap, Sarah jumps at the chance. As time goes on she begins to question her decision. Paris isn’t what she bargained for. She feels so out of place and wonders if she made the right decision. I enjoyed watching Sarah grow and mature over the course of the book. Her relationship with Ridge was interesting, to say the least. Overall Little Bookshop on the Seine was an enjoyable cozy read. Thank you Harlequin Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review
Gwendalyn_books_ 3 months ago
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own The Little Bookshop on the Seine" is a delightful book, that was I was totally immersed in. A captivating, wonderful written book perfect for curling up with a cozy blanket on a cold winters night. A lighthearted read about a young woman who, for six months, exchanges working in her own bookshop in Ashford in Connecticut for the ‘Once Upon a Time’ bookshop situated near the River Seine in Paris. She finds that she has taken on more than she bargained for. The authors ability to create a compelling storyline, that grabbed my attention, and held it all the way through. Heartwarming and memorable characters adds to this enjoyable storyline. Be prepared to get lost in the whimsical and ageless beauty of Paris as author Rebecca Raisin beautifully captures the hearts and haunts of one of the worlds most magical cities. #TheLittleBookshopOnTheSeine
JM Free Kicks Fiction 3 months ago
I loved this charming story. I liked how the author got right to the point, and there weren’t a lot of pretenses before the action kicked in. I also appreciated the character arc of Sarah and Ridge’s relationship; it was unique. I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris and the bookstore – I could live there happily. For more thoughts, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks. This review was written based on a digital ARC of the book.
Yolanda Margolin 3 months ago
**3.5 STARS** Thank you to HQN and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC and for Harlequin for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. This book is made to be a Hallmark Christmas movie, it has a bookshop, a little romance, and Paris! A bookshop in Paris during the holidays is a treat and a dream. Sarah Smith is an introvert, with a gorgeous reporter boyfriend who is chasing the next big story and a small bookshop in Connecticut that she owns. When an opportunity to take over her friend’s bookshop in Paris comes along, Sarah jumps at the chance, because she’s wishing for a little adventure. She gets all that and more when she arrives in Paris, but will this long distance romance with her boyfriend survive all the changes they are going through? What I Liked: *PARIS. I loved the setting of Paris! I visited only once and for barely three days but seeing Paris through the eyes of Sarah Smith brought me back. It’s such a magical place and I love everything that was featured in the story from the bookshop, Notre Dame, the restaurants and secret places. *I enjoyed the characters in Sarah meets in Paris like Oceane, Luiz, and TJ. Beatrice eventually grew on me at the end, but her relationship with Oceane, Luiz and TJ was pretty great. I’m glad she found her niche and didn’t give up on Paris when times got rough but it’s because of her new friends. *Sarah is coming into her own in this book. Her boyfriend is away from her, she’s running a bookshop in a foreign country, she’s usually timid and quiet, but she had to come out of her shell and I was proud of her by the end! *It gave me the giddy feelings of the holidays and it didn’t come from the romance story. It came from the story of Sarah finding and making a little family in Paris. She overcame a lot in Paris and got the adventure she was looking for. Things That Made Me Go Hmm: ~It’s a romance novel and though I felt the love on Sarah’s side of her relationship with Ridge, I was distrustful of him. In the end, they have their happily ever after, but most of the book was about them being apart and Sarah finding her way on her own. Sarah’s love story with Paris was more interesting to me than her romance with Ridge. ‍♀️ ~There were some passages in the book, more so in the end that threw me off, like they were just thrown into the story and didn’t flow well with the book! Some paragraphs didn’t transition well and I don’t know if that’s just an error because this IS an arc, o it’s not a corrected copy. But it made me pause and reread paragraphs to try and make sense of what was happening. It felt a bit rushed. ~I was getting frustrated with Sarah letting people run her over in the french bookshop but I’m glad things worked out in the end and she earned their respect and even friendship. Final Thoughts: The Little Bookshop on the Seine was more about Sarah Smith falling with Paris and herself. She was already in love with her boyfriend Ridge but trying to manage a long distance relationship did have many challenges. Despite some of the issues I found with the story with the story not flowing in some parts, it still left me feeling happy and full of holiday joy. If you like Christmas, books and Paris, this is a great book to curl up with this winter.
MiyukiNightShade 3 months ago
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin Trade Publishing and HQN Books for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. OMG this was such a cute little book! I personally miss Paris so freaking much and I want to go back, and one of my biggest dreams was to go to one of their local bookshops and just explore the shelves, have some tea or a cafe au lait and just relax on a table and be chill. This book totally gave me those vibes and actually made me feel like I was doing just that! This book has been pitched as a love letter to Paris, and I totally agree with that. I think being a chick lit / romance light novel worked out for me in between some hardcore fantasy and heaving hitting contemporary novels. Honestly, Id on’t know how I could only stay in Paris for six months. I’d end up living there forever, especially if I had the set up that Sarah has. It’s almost like that whole wife swap show or whatever but her and her friend switched bookshops and countries. That sounds like a better deal, in my very honest opinion. I know that not everything will ever be as it seems, but I think I could see how Sarah would need to see what she had back in Connecticut to see what she was missing in Paris, and all that cliche stuff. But you know what? Cliches are fun sometimes, and I’m okay with that. So yeah, I’d totally end up reading this again when I need a little taste of Paris again when I can’t go there directly, and when I want to live out my dreams up owning a cute bookstore in another country.
andreajanelreads 3 months ago
I was provided with an ARC of this title from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a wonderful love story about finding your joy wherever you are. When Sarah has the chance to swap bookshops with her Parisian friend it seems like a dream come true. Her elusive boyfriend Ridge may actually make an appearance with the enticement of an adventure in the City of Romance. But Paris is more challenging, and more rewarding, than Sarah expected. She forges unlikely friendships, launches her friend's business into the 21st century, and learns invaluable lessons. Recommended as a light read for everyone who has ever felt their life is on hiatus, or imagined starting over far away.
Nanna51 3 months ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I found it to be mildly entertaining, It was a light, quick romance that could be categorized as “Chick Lit.” Sarah owns a small bookstore in the small town of Ashford and has a boyfriend named Ridge who is busy with his career. When Sarah’s friend Sophie, who owns a bookshop in Paris, offers to exchange bookshops for a while, Sarah doesn’t have to ponder the offer for very long. After all, it is Paris! So, Sarah sets off with a glow in her eye, expecting to be charmed by the bookshop and the city. What she is not prepared for is how disorganized the shop is and how disrespectful the employees are. This is not really a rocking romance, but rather it is a character study of Sarah and how she overcomes her own insecurities and becomes a strong and independent woman. The hostile environment that she encounters in Paris was unexpected for her and forced her to make wise and strong decisions. The romance with Ridge was a slow burn on the back burner, consisting mostly of missed phone calls and messages. There is romance, but it does not play a significant part in the central story. The story itself is charming, with some surprises and some humor. I recommend this book to fans of light romance, quick reads and Chick Lit. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Honolulubelle 3 months ago
Favorite Quotes: 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 mediate. But I’d known those ladies my whole life, and all I had to do to calm them down was threaten to take the wine away. He was my Mr. Right, there was no question about that. It was just a shame he wasn’t Mr. Right Here. My Review: I adored this tender story and debated and waffled in how to rate this lovely tale. The writing was easy to follow, highly relatable, and sweetly engaging while gently paced with several slowly evolving yet beguiling storylines and cast with a peculiar hodgepodge of curiously alluring and intriguing characters. I enjoyed the leisurely, humorous, and captivating glimpses of the quirkiness of the authentic Parisian lifestyle and the secret marketing tactics utilized with the locals vs. tourist mentality. My heart seized at every mention of the iconic Notre Dame while I alternated between wistfully remembering my long-ago visit with the rather hideous gargoyles and recalling the more recent and distressing news videos of the beloved structure in flames. While it wasn’t an enrapturing breath-stealing romance or brain itching thriller, the descriptive and engaging prose kept me well entertained with a smile on my face for most of the day. I have finally hit a soft landing and alit on the smooth quality and skillful finesse of the talented wordsmith and a 4.5-stars rating while coveting more of the same.
DragonNimbus 3 months ago
The Little Bookshop on the Seine is the sequel to The Little Bookshop on the Corner, Rebecca Raisin is the queen of the fun, flirty romances that have strong plots and loveable characters. She's the author of the popular Gingerbread Cafe series and the Cedarwood Lodge series. Little Bookshop on the Seine picks up where Little Bookshop on the Corner left off. Sarah Smith's bookshop is going through a slump. Her new love, Ridge, is constantly called away to cover breaking news stories - exciting for him, but she's definitely in a rut. Enter Sophie, her elegant Parisian friend. Sophie just ended a torrid romance and is in need of a change herself. The two friends come up with a plan to trade bookshops for a few months. Sarah has dreamed of going to Paris and takes full advantage of the exchange, meeting Sophie's friends, coming up with new ideas for the store and rethinking her relationship with Ridge. Any fan of Rebecca Raisin will adore this book. this is my first book of hers and I loved it - I had no trouble figuring out what was going on so enjoy it if you love romances, Paris, or just a fun story. I'm really excited to read the prequel and the rest of her books!
RMeckley 3 months ago
A charming tale set in a Paris bookstore. What's not to like? Sarah and Sophie decide to swap bookstores for 6 months, so sheltered, small-town-girl Sarah moves to Paris. She encounters unexpected problems: stolen luggage, nasty staff, lukewarm boyfriend, surprising cultural differences, and considers quitting and going home early. Very descriptive text with beautiful images of Paris. Extremely enjoyable! Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC.
RMeckley 3 months ago
A charming tale set in a Paris bookstore. What's not to like? Sarah and Sophie decide to swap bookstores for 6 months, so sheltered, small-town-girl Sarah moves to Paris. She encounters unexpected problems: stolen luggage, nasty staff, lukewarm boyfriend, surprising cultural differences, and considers quitting and going home early. Very descriptive text with beautiful images of Paris. Extremely enjoyable! Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC.
TeeP2 3 months ago
A treasure for every book-loving Francophile. A romance novel where the lovers are separated by great distances, but where true love still shines through - to the reader, at least. The protagonist is a little wishy-washy and grating at times, which doesn't save the often repetitive nature of the story. But as this book exists in a series, we see the building of more love stories, and isn't that what die-hard romance fans really want?
Sara_Jo 3 months ago
I love reading about bookstores, book lovers, and traveling so when I came across this story, I was excited to read it. As I got into it, I realized it’s a sequel to another book that I read some time ago. I briefly thought about re-reading the first book, but decided this story was enough of a stand alone that I didn’t need to do so. Sarah was a complete doormat and I was pleased to see her grow and change into a confident woman. It was disappointing to see that her love story with Ridge from the first book wasn’t so happy and the author had to magically create a happily ever after in the last few pages. It felt like a cop out and caused me to drop my rating from 3 stars to 2 stars.
Annette5151 3 months ago
A quick romantic story set in a lovely bookshop in Paris. I thought the first part of the book alittle slow. It gradually gets better and ends on a happy note. Thanks to Harlequin for the early copy