Book review

#bookreview The Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin

Hello dear readers, its April and scorching summer time in India, so I am escaping to Paris via this lovely book by Rebecca Raisin. Happy Reading.

Book

Title – The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees
Author – Rebecca Raisin
Publisher – HQ Digital (HarperCollins UK)
Published – 30/3/2018
Location Set in – Paris
Profession of lead characters: Perfume creator and Perfumery owner

Rating – 4.5/5

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Story

What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

My thoughts

Del goes from a stagnant, filled with remnants of grief from her beloved grandmother’s death, to a sensory explosion of scents filled atmosphere of a Parisian perfumery. It is for the start of a new chapter in her life, away for the first time from her twin, family and town. She is more than ready for the next chapter of her life but also anxious and hesitant all the same.
Leaving the familiar behind and embracing the future isn’t easy for Del however she gives it her all and soon finds her pace and more than she wished for.

The city of lights, love, amidst her passion – perfumery has a lot in store for our small town American heroine. She gets all the passion professionally and personally too, she is in Paris after all.

  • I loved, loved, loved how the perfumery is entwined in the story; it is not a love story with perfumery in the backdrop. Quite the opposite infact, perfumery is the central subject and it is what brings love in the story.
  • I enjoyed getting to know all about perfume and its intricacies, kind of a quick lesson.
  • Seeing the characters bloom into themselves and come out triumphs is definitely a major plus to read in any story.

From the cobbled streets of Paris to the lavender fields of the french countryside, I had a warm, fun trip to Paris in this 3rd installment of the author’s Little Paris collection. It was great meeting some of the old familiar characters too.

Lastly, I love this series of Rebecca’s so far, every time i get to experience Paris via a different profession of the lead characters.

Go grab the book, it release last week, grab a cuppa and enjoy some perfume sessions in Paris.

Author

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.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Reviewed by Bharti

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