Le Vie En Rose
Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris? Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!
Picturing days wandering around Shakespeare & Co, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and people-watching on the Champs-Elysees Sarah boards the plane. But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream isn’t quite as rosy in reality…
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What if you were offered an opportunity to exchange places with a more glamourous version of your life? What if you could grow to discover who you are and grow into the best version of yourself in Paris? Book-lover and bookshop owner, Sarah Smith, was given that opportunity.
This story did not immediately draw me into the book as quickly as expected, but the imaginary was beautiful. I found myself entranced with Raisin’s romantic descriptions. At times, I felt the detailed descriptions in the beginning and flashbacks were a little long, and taking a little longer to submerge into the story. However, this was a great read!
I felt the doubt, frustrations and longing that Sarah experienced. As this story unfolds, Raisin takes the reader through Sarah’s journey - the fear of finally leaving her small town; learning to become assertive with her soft nature; fighting her self doubt; finding confidence; and learning a romantic can be a realist.
I think this is what makes Sarah so likable - she is a romantic, yet practical. She takes on the Parisian way of life, but does not let her expectation turn her cynical. Instead, she welcomes new points of view, but holds true to herself. That aspect allows Paris to build upon her character, and her character to improve Paris. Well, improve and touch those lives around the little bookshop on the Seine.
Sarah’s search for her HEA earns a 4 out of 5 rating from this bibliophile.
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Andrea'. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Harper Collins UK in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~