Aria’s Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Raisin ~ 384 pages ~ to be published in paperback on 8/10/2021 by HQ Digital
This summer will change everything!
Aria Summers knows what she wants.
A life on the road with best friend Rosie and her beloved camper-van-cum-book-shop, and definitely, definitely, no romance.
But when Aria finds herself falling – after one too many glasses of wine, from a karaoke stage – into the arms of Jonathan, a part of her comes back to life for the first time in years.
Since her beloved husband died Aria has sworn off love, unless it’s the kind you can find in the pages of a book. One love of her life is quite enough.
And so Aria tries to forget Jonathan and sets off for a summer to remember in France. But could this trip change Aria’s life forever…?
What I Thought:
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and HarperCollins360 for this ARC (in preparation for the paperback release)!*
I dearly love a good chick lit book. If you hand me one that is also about a bookshop, chances are I’m going to jump on it! This was a cute story with a really fun setting that made me greatly nostalgic for my time in France.
My favorite thing about this book was definitely the setting. I loved the descriptions of the scenery. It made me feel like I was really there, which is extra fun during this pandemic where we cannot really travel like we used to. I also adored the descriptions of the fun food and shops in each city they visited. It really made me feel like I was there, and I was fondly remembering my own European travels the whole time.
I liked the story pretty well. The idea of running a bookshop out of a van that you also live inside of was intriguing, but also made me realize just how much I appreciate having a home base that I don’t also drive around.😂 The characters were fun, but I also had a hard time relating to them on a deeper level. I didn’t read the first book in this series, and I do wonder if it was a necessity to read that book first in order to feel like I really knew the characters.
The romance was sweet, but it also felt like I was missing something the whole time. I had a hard time believing that Aria could be so taken with Jonathan after only meeting him once. Also, her reasons for not wanting to date again were valid, but also invalid, which was a bit frustrating to me. I guess I felt like the plot was a bit inconsistent and very unrealistic.
Overall, I thought this was a cute book. The setting and overall vibe of the book really saved it for me. While I wished that I felt more of a connection to the characters, the story was also a fun time. It was cute, but that’s about the most I can say for it.
I gave Aria’s Travelling Book Shop 3 Stars!
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Love and happy reading,