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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.

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Fly Girl’s Review:

This was a great end to 2019!! I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I picked it because it looked like a quick easy read and celebrated the holidays in Paris. What could be more wonderful than Paris at Christmas?!? One of my favorite trips was to Paris and I figured it would take my mind off things. Rebecca’s research was well done. The story took me back to my time there right down to the smells and the creak of the floors in the old buildings along the Seine. It certainly took my mind off the trials and tribulations of the last year and set me up fo a great start to 2020. Although this is a re-release, you should find it very current in feel and appropriate for any time of the year.

The story is of the emergence of a young woman into her own. Sophie takes a chance on swapping bookshops with a friend in Paris and sheds the fears of a lifetime that have stifled her love of books and people. In the new shop she learns how to speak up for herself and ideas. She also discovers she’s stronger than she thought. The one part of her life that seems to get worse in Paris is her relationship with her boyfriend. It seems he is nowhere near settling down and his absence leaves her facing fears of him straying, or that she loves him more than he loves her. She questions everything until she is strong enough to press him about his absence and where he saw himself with her. The changes for Sophie opened up her heart and her world to so much more than she had in her little shop in America.

If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship this book will definitely speak to you and feel like you are there again. It’s an emotional read that will have you wondering how you lived without seeing Paris, just once. Do you struggle with the way direction your life is going? This might be just the ticket to inspire you to made some changes be those large or small, but change all the same. I’m feeling that way after reading such an inspiring novel and I’m also dreaming of Paris. This will definitely make my Top 10 of 2019 list just for the sake I felt something change in my heart over the course of the read. Not all books touch me like that, so it is definitely memorable.

Keep a lookout for my Top 10 list later this week. Happy New Year!!

5 of 5 Propellers

Connect with Rebecca Raisin

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.