This is the second book I have read by Rebecca Raisin and I absolutely loved it, it’s everything needed for a chic, fun and romantic read. Set in Paris it follows Sarah Smith, a bookstore owner in the dreamy town of Ashford in America who is given the chance of a lifetime to swap lives with her friend in Paris and look after her bookstore. Being a ‘homing pigeon’ this isn’t something she would do, but she can’t let the opportunity pass and takes to the romantic city of Paris. Very much in love with Ridge Warner, a freelance journalist travelling the world for his next story Sarah dreams of romantic days in the city of love, walks up the Champs-Elysees and beautiful French cuisine but will she get the experience she hopes for?
I first read Christmas at the Gingerbread Café last year by Rebecca Raisin and loved it, it left me craving gingerbread lattes and Christmas treats. A great feature of reading a Rebecca Raisin book is that you get to come across the much loved characters from her previous books and see what they are upto in their lives. In The Little Bookshop on the Seine, we were able to revisit Lily owner of the Gingerbread Café and the big personality that is CeeCee.
The Parisian bookstore, Once Upon A Time sound like a place I could only imagine, it’s a beautiful old, traditional and family bookstore that was passed on through generations. It is well known and not exactly what Sarah expects when she makes her big step to Paris. Once Upon a Time in Paris is a very different bookstore to Sarah’s back in Ashford with customers coming through the doors constantly and a high demand for books and customer service. She is faced with different issues from the very beginning and meets an array of loveable and some infuriating characters making the book intriguing and addictive. It’s not just the plot that hooks the reader but you keep coming back to find out more and more about the characters. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Lily and Ceecee in Christmas at the Gingerbread Café and I really liked Sarah’s character in this book. I felt like I could relate a lot to her feelings towards books, her want for adventure and Rebecca Raisin has a real skill for writing the kind of characters readers could easily be friends with.
I felt this book was easy to read, the plot developed quickly and was ever-changing with new people being introduced and new plot twists. I was also hooked on this book as t was set in Paris and I love that city. I have only been once but I am determined to go back, there are so many places to visit and so many quirky areas to see too. I didn’t get seeing everything I had hoped to as I was only there a few days but I loved following Sarah around this beautiful city and seeing it through her eyes.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads, it was a great read and I will be collecting more Rebecca Raisin novels in the future. Check out her work if you haven’t already and meet the group of loveable Ashford girls.