First Lines Friday: 1st January

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.  Judge a book by its opening lines, and not by its cover!  I’ve gone for a festive book this week, in line with the ongoing Bookmas celebrations.  I wonder if those of you who follow my blog frequently will have an inkling as to what it might be…

The rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines to capture the reader’s attention
  • Finally… reveal the book!

With a heavy heart I placed the sign in the display window.
All books 50% off.
If things didn’t pick up soon, it would read Closing down sale.  The thought alone was enough to make me shiver.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…



The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

The Little Bookshop on the Seine

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Bookshop owner Sarah Smith has been offered the opportunity to exchange bookshops with her new Parisian friend for 6 months! And saying yes is a no-brainer – after all, what kind of a romantic would turn down a trip to Paris… for Christmas?

Even if it does mean leaving the irresistible Ridge Warner behind, Sarah’s sure she’s in for the holiday of a lifetime – complete with all the books she can read!

Imagining days surrounded by books, munching on croissants, sipping café au laits and watching the snow fall on the Champs-Élysées Sarah boards the plane.

But will her dream of a Parisian Happily-Ever-After come true? Or will Sarah realise that the dream of a Christmas fairytale in the city of love isn’t quite as rosy in reality…

Sound familiar?  The Little Bookshop on the Seine was the Words & Geeks Book Club choice for December – we were thrilled to grab this Q&A with Rebecca Raisin.

Also, if you want to try First Lines Fridays yourself, copy and paste the rules above and tag me/comment below, so I can take a look!

Happy new year and as always, happy reading!

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