by Rebecca Raisin
Publication Date April 8, 2020
Published by HarperCollins UK
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Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Friendship, General, Humorous, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Women
‘Wow. I loved this story... I shed a tear or two before the end... Fabulous.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
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...?
A heartwarming, uplifting and hilarious novel of friendship, love and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.
Readers LOVE Aria’s Travelling Book Shop!
‘A poignant and whimsical second-chance-at-love story.’ Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author of Sisters by Choice
‘Oh wow, brilliant book... I didn't want it to end.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘OMG brilliant. Captured from page one!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Kept me reading past bedtime... More than just a feel-good read, it’s one that will stay with you for a long time.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘I felt emotionally involved with this book from the start and became totally engrossed... Had me laughing in some places and in tears in others. A brilliant read.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely loved this... I enjoyed every turn of the page... Such a lovely feel good book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Delightful... So much more than a romance.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
‘Swallowed me whole from the moment I started reading, and sucked me into another world.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
Aria’s Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Rasin was a whole lot of fun! I’m fascinated with the Nomad lifestyle here in the US, but this was so much better as we get a peek inside the lifestyle in Europe. The escapades of Aria, Rose, Max, and friends are delightful as is Aria’s journey toward love.
Aria lives a nomadic lifestyle driving a traveling book shop, focusing on romantic novels. She decides, along with best friend Rose, and her partner Max, to spend the summer in France, traveling to the festivals to sell her books with all her van-life friends. Aria is recently widowed by the love of her life TJ, and she deals with the grief by living vicariously through her romance novels, as she knows no real man could ever live up to the expectations of her first and final love.
When Aria runs into Jonathan, the feelings he brings up frightens her because she’s not ready for another love in her life, and she doesn’t believe she will ever be ready. However, when her mother-in-law sends her the diary her former husband TJ wrote during the final months of his life, she begins to heal.
This book was fun, and also emotionally satisfying. These characters were so real, they jumped off the pages and took me along with them in Aria’s van filled with romance novels. Their escapades traveling through France in their vans was so much fun, I felt like I was there with them. But, it’s the emotional journey that Aria was on that really sucked me in. How does someone move on from the one extraordinary love of a lifetime? Can she ever open herself up to love again? This book had me laughing out loud and then reaching for the tissues all in the same chapter.
I highly recommend this book to everyone! I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.