Synopsis from HarperCollins:
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.
About: Aria’s Traveling Book Shop is an adult contemporary romance written by Rebecca Raisin. It was rereleased on 8/10/2021 by HarperCollins 360, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 384 pages. The genres are adult fiction, contemporary, romance, and chick lit. There are 2 books to The Traveling Shops series: book 1 is Rosie’s Traveling Tea Shop and book 2 is Aria’s Traveling Book Shop. According to the publisher’s website, “Harper 360 is our global publishing initiative, publishing books in English from HarperCollins UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India offices and books in Spanish from HarperCollins Iberica and Mexico offices. We publish in all genres of adult, children’s and YA books, and in all formats—print, e-book, and digital audio.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Aria’s Traveling Book Shop on 1/28/2022 and finished it on 2/17/2022. An excellent read! This book was full of humor, friendship, and love. The main character, Aria is a bookworm. She got excited when she spotted a cute bookstore and I got excited with her. The love between her and her late husband TJ is admirable. I liked Rosie and Max too. Rosie loves foods and doesn’t shy away from carbs. Max’s clueless about women crushing on men but not wanting to speak out their feelings was funny. I laughed out loud at the author event when Aria’s lies got backfired. I would say it’s a slow burning romance because Aria took baby steps to moving on and falling for the new guy and letting go off her late husband. I loved indications of bookworms and bookworms problems because I can relate to reading into the early hours.
This book started with a prologue following Aria, told in the first person point of view as she waited for her best friend Rosie to decide where to go next while the globe spin. Rosie owned a tea shop van and Aria owned a book shop van. Then the story began in London as they said their goodbyes to other Van Lifers around them to set out for their new adventure with Rosie’s boyfriend Max who owned a green cafe van. They all are a Van Lifer. While they are sipping wine, Aria and Rosie noticed Jonathan stood at the bar. Aria met him at a music festival last year. They got to know each other and Jonathan was fascinated by Aria’s van life. Aria was fascinated by him too, the first person she felt for since her husband, TJ, died 3 years ago. Aria liked him but hesitant to move on because she still loved her husband. Aria loved romance novels and her van was full of preloved books to sell and to read. She made money by ordering rare books and selling it to her customers for a small fee. She also has an online bookstore. They travel to each stop and set up their van to sell their products while sightseeing/experiencing the locals.
Aria’s Traveling Book Shop was an interesting read and it sure makes me want to experience this van life. All that sightseeing at every location they stopped sounded fantastic. It’s cool to know there are many people leading this lifestyle, even fictional. I’m interested to see a movie for this type of lifestyle too. This book also dealt with grief because Aria had to learn how to let go of her late husband and open up to new love and new future. It also had friendship with someone like Tori having trouble making friends to Rosie, the best kind of friends. Furthermore, it dealt with forgiveness because Aria’s mother-in-law blamed Aria for keeping her sick son away from her even though Aria only did what he wanted. There were sure a lot packed in this book. I loved most was the love story.
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Rebecca Raisin is the author of several novels, including the beloved Little Paris series and the Gingerbread Café trilogy, and her short stories have been published in various anthologies and fiction magazines. You can follow Rebecca on Facebook, and at http://www.rebeccaraisin.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins 360 for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.