The Little Perfume Shop Off The Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin

perfume shopI have a bit of a love affair with anything Paris related. So when I saw this book I wanted to read it. I thought it would be a cute read. I wasn’t wrong. But it was more than that.

The story is about Del who travels to Paris from her home in Michigan to compete in a perfume competition (similar to Survivor, but with perfume). There is a mysterious man she bumps into on the first day in Paris – and I am like, yeah, I know where this is going. I was setting it up to be your typical romance-y type of book. There is not anything wrong with that.

As I got further into the book, there was more depth to the story than I had anticipated. Not to give the story away, (because you should be able to discover it when you read it), but it was about independence, and about Del finding herself and her self-confidence. I got swept up in the narrative and was rooting for Del the whole time. And, (in my head) I was yelling at her to stop making silly assumptions.

The descriptions of Paris, to me, were spot on. I felt like I was back there. My feet sympathy hurt with Del while she was walking all over the city. And I had a hankering for a chocolate croissant and a coffee. Then I started googling flights to Paris (I kid).

The characters seemed well rounded and believable. The romance part of the story (I won’t spill the beans on that!) for me, was well thought out and executed. It made sense to me (I wasn’t sitting there rolling my eyes at it).

The upside to the book is that I learned a lot about perfume and how it’s made. That was pretty cool.

This is the third book in the ‘Little Paris Collection’. I hadn’t read any other books by this author before, but I am definitely going to keep her in mind! And I totally want to read the other two books in the series.

Overall this was a delightful read, I highly recommend it.

I gave it a 4/5 star rating on Goodreads.

Full disclosure: I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. (Thanks NetGalley!)

 

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