BOOK REVIEW: ARIA’S TRAVELLING BOOK SHOP BY REBECCA RAISIN

*Thank you to Netgalley, Rebecca Raisin and HQ Digital for my copy of this book*

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…?

Rebecca Raisin (@jaxandwillsmum) | Twitter

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This has been my most anticipated read of the year so far and Rebecca has not disappointed! When I had first read ‘Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop‘, I not only fell in love with Rosie, but also Aria. I was so intrigued to find out more about her late husband and her Book Shop on wheels, so you can probably already tell how excited I was when it was announced we was going to get Aria’s full story! Finding out more about Aria’s late husband was so heartbreaking, but I absolutely adored witnessing her journey towards finding love again in the city of romance itself – France. 

Rebecca described the locations of France in which her characters visited in such detail, I felt like I was walking the streets with them and I especially loved those moments on the campsite, where the gang – old and new – were altogether around a campfire, with treats of all different kinds. I absolutely adore the travelling community in these books and the friendships that come along with it. They are all so supportive of one another and are like their own little family, away from their actual families. 

The love story between Aria and Jonathan was so sweet and special – it was as if they was meant to be and in some ways, before her husband passed, he knew it too. They found themselves bumping in to one another all the time and if that isn’t fate, then I don’t know what is! They are practically the male and female versions of one another and it truly was a magical read because of that.

I also loved reuniting with Rosie and finding out how life was still treating her and I can definitely say I was beaming with excitement a lot. She has come a long way from the first book and Aria definitely had a lot of input within that. Whilst the romance in the book was one of my favourites, the friendship between Aria and Rosie really is the most special of them all and I really hope this isn’t the last we hear from them! You’d be crazy to not read this wonderful and extremely heart-warming series filled with friendship, romance, adventure, forgiveness, acceptance and allowing oneself a second chance at life and happiness. 

Shelby x

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4 Comments

  1. April 22, 2020 / 4:14 am

    This book sounds so enjoyable and exactly what I’m looking for! I have been reading heavy fantasy/sci-fi recently and I need something more feel good and contemporary. I’ll be taking a closer look at this – thanks for your review!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 11:17 am

      You’re welcome, Lindsay! I hope you give it a chance and love it just as much as I did 🙂

  2. April 23, 2020 / 7:41 am

    This sounds like such a sweet book! The travelling bookshop sounds like my ideal life 😍 great review!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      April 27, 2020 / 11:16 am

      Tell me about it, it’s like a dream come true! Thanks Ellie 🙂

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