- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1746 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008389179
- Publisher: HQ Digital; 1 edition (30 June 2016)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W7Y9VQG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 143 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Little Antique Shop Under The Eiffel Tower (The Little Paris Collection) Kindle Edition
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What reviewers are saying about Rebecca Raisin:
‘This novel is a love letter to Paris, and even more so a love letter to books; it is absolutely a must-read book for book lovers.’ – Rather Too Fond of Books, on ‘The Little Bookshop on the Seine’
‘I loved every second of ‘The Little Bookshop on the Seine’, easy to read, with words oozing charm and good feeling, that just made me feel warm and cosy.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads
‘The perfect escape if you can't get to France this summer – just add a glass of vino.’ – All Things Bookie, on ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’
‘…simply divine, with stunning writing slipping between being utterly romantic, charming and fun-filled and a little emotional.’ – Reviewed the Book, on ‘A Gingerbread Cafe Christmas’--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It was a light book, easy to read, well thought out. I had things pretty much figured out half-way through the book but it didn't detract from the storyline and wanting to read to the end. At one point though, I wanted to slap Anouk for being so stubborn and not getting what was going on, lol. I didn't really feel the romantic attraction between Anouk and Tristan all that strongly, but that was probably me.
I loved the descriptions of Anouk's family - the ditzy Lilou, her authoritarian Papa and her Maman who blossomed as the book progressed. Joshua was described very well, he was such an unlikeable person!
Anyway, I enjoyed this book although it didn't have as much depth as I might have wished for. Read it for yourself and see.
With thanks to NetGalley and the author for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anouk is a complicated heroine. She's a little hard to get to like to start with because she's so intense. She's very passionate about protecting French heritage and the antiques in her store - only selling to genuine customers who she knows will value the treasures. Some of her intensity can come off as a little abrasive, and I wasn't so sure of her at the start, but it's all because of her love of her antiques, and as she falls in love we get to see her icy corners melting.
Tristan is a handsome American, new to town and the antique auction circuit. He's pretty suave, in a potentially suspicious way, but I found him really quite delish from the beginning. Anouk is a harder customer though! She's been hurt in the past and doesn't trust men - especially not American men. It doesn't help that she then starts to suspect him of being the antique thief!
As they fall in love, Anouk must contend with dealing with her feelings about trusting a man at all, let alone trusting a man who she suspects of a crime against her beautiful antiques. So we get a sweet romance, mixed into a fun little Parisian mystery.
One of the things I always like best about Rebecca Raisin's writing is her secondary characters and this story was no exception. I loved her flighty sister who moves in to make even more trouble for Anouk (but of course helps her alone the way too). And I really liked the secondary story following Anouk's mother and father and their own relationship dramas. The mother is just fabulous.
Rebecca Raisin's novellas are definitely my favourites of her books (especially The Bookshop on the Corner), but the longer novels like this one are charming reads as well. The Little Antique Shop Under The Eiffel Tower is a fun mystery romance with the charm of Raisin's small town novellas but in Paris!
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In this book we move location slightly, closer to the Eiffel Tower and learn more about the idiosyncrasies of Anouk who appeared very briefly in the first book of the collection. She runs her antique shop in a way that is contrary to most business, new buyers are only allowed in if they have an introduction from someone she already knows and trusts and she will only sell an item if it a) stays in France and b) is the correct item for that person. It seems to be the easiest way to go bankrupt but somehow it works for her and that is part of the charm of the shop and of this story. Having had her heart and trust broken by the odious Joshua who quite frankly deserves to be slapped (I'm not condoning violence but he needs that irritating smugness knocked off his face!); Anouk is unsurprisingly hesitant about becoming involved with anyone again, especially not the mysterious. and sometimes irritating, Tristan who appears to have some sort of hidden teleport the way he appears near her without making a sound on more than one occasion.
Tristan gives out a lot of mixed messages so it's hard for Anouk to know where she stands with him, especially as she has trust issues because of the odious Joshua but as the story progresses she does make some effort to shake off her slightly monotonous (her word!) life and live a little and the results are rather fun. Who knew spying on people could be so hilarious! Add into this family problems, colourful friends and a thief who is stealing precious and valuable jewels without being seen and it's no surprise Anouk is having trouble knowing which way is up but it's those elements combined with the male characters that make this book fun and interesting.
I loved the Little Bookshop on the Seine and while I really enjoyed this book too there was something missing, something that was in the previous book but not here and that's why I haven't given it 5/5. I don't mean for that to sound discouraging though, far from it. This is a fun, light book with realistic characters, amazing antiques and brilliant descriptions of Paris in different seasons; how the tourist levels change, how the city wakes up in the morning and goes to sleep at night, all of this is there and is excellently written as always. This is definitely a book worth immersing yourself in and enjoying, especially with a glass of wine or a coffee as both are a regular feature in the story. I think, probably because I love books so much, that the first book spoke to me more but that did not stop me enjoying this one and I am definitely looking forward to the third book coming out soon.
Many thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
But it had good twists in it.
I just wished Sarah from the Bookshop had a mentioned in it.
Now we have to wait until next year for the other story.