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 was hectic, her baggage and documents stolen, hordes of customers in the shop, and not so cooperating staff. This book was all about transformation. Sophie found her voice and her love not only with her boyfriend Ridge but for living in the city.
Having read books by Rebecca Raisin, I was armed with the knowledge that I was in for a good time. This book surpassed my desires. It pulled me in from the first line with its hypnotic lyrical words. Something in the writing was so powerful that the book felt like a movie. Emotions caught me by the throat, sometimes in a gentle breeze and sometimes with the strong gales of a storm.
This was supposed to be my few chapters breakfast read, but I had to read it at one go. I couldn’t escape the magic, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. Descriptions of Paris was beautiful, they came alive with the ink of Rebecca’s words. Sarah as a character grew a rod of spine when needed. Her growth and discovering her inner strength was inspiring, to say the least.
Love and mystery of the written letters found hidden in the bookshop were the added delight. The book had everything. Nobody can do magic to a city as Rebecca Raisin does. And Paris was never more brilliantly portrayed before. A fabulous read.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with a Parisian friend for six months. Saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, who would turn down a trip to Paris?
Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible boyfriend behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – days spent surrounded by novels in a gorgeous bookshop and the chance to watch the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées.
But will her dream come true or will Sarah realise that a fairytale Christmas in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…
Publication Date: 7th January 2020