Am I almost done with my Harlequin blog tours? I’m super sad now that I think about it! Those were some of the best books I’ve read in a while and I had a blast being a part of the tours.
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 of a lifetime—days spent surrounded by literature in a gorgeous bookshop, and the chance to watch the snow fall on the Eiffel Tower. Plus, now she can meet up with her journalist boyfriend, Ridge, when his job takes him around the globe.
But her expectations cool faster than her café au lait soon after she lands in the City of Light—she’s a fish out of water in Paris. The customers are rude, her new coworkers suspicious and her relationship with Ridge has been reduced to a long-distance game of phone tag, leaving Sarah to wonder if he’ll ever put her first over his busy career. As Christmas approaches, Sarah is determined to get the shop—and her life—back in order…and make her dreams of a Parisian happily-ever-after come true.
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 http://www.rebeccaraisin.com
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.