The Little Venice Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin is a most delightful contemporary novel that will warm your heart.
Following the death of her mother, a daughter is searching for her roots after a discovery of decades old letters. For all her life, it had been enough just being with her mother. Now she wants to seek out her father.
We see the importance of family. Family does not have to be blood related. The mother and daughter had spent their lives living with other women in a commune. “Women who will always strive to lift me up and love me. Help me when I fall.” These women were family.
Travelling to many places meant there is no one place to call home. But perhaps home was never meant to be bricks and mortar, maybe home is meant to be flesh and blood.
Sometimes when we are hurt, we build walls. “My walls are built high so that no one can ever leave me again.” Walls we build to protect can actually imprison us. Demolish the walls and begin to really live.
We all have an instinct to survive and so we hide our feelings. “Survive at all costs and put on a brave face.” We need to find someone we trust enough so we can be real and be vulnerable with them.
A character is locked in the past. He has tasted real love and now lives with his memories. In contrast we see a lothario who cares only for the moment, himself and having a good time.
The little Venice bookshop is trapped in time and positively delightful, if a little dusty, with its old books and many rescued cats who are named after literary characters. The cats had their own personalities and were perfectly charming.
Rebecca Raisin has wonderfully captured the scenes and the atmosphere with her words. I had a positively delightful time at The Little Venice Bookshop.
I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
The Little Venice Bookshop
A bundle of mysterious letters. A trip to Venice. A journey she’ll never forget.
When Luna loses her beloved mother, she’s bereft: her mother was her only family, and without her Luna feels rootless. Then the chance discovery of a collection of letters in her mother’s belongings sends her on an unexpected journey.
Following a clue in the letters, Luna packs her bags and heads to Venice, to a gorgeous but faded bookshop overlooking the canals, hoping to uncover the truth about her mother’s mysterious past.
Will Luna find the answers she’s looking for – and finally find the place she belongs?
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Guv8lH
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3CuJl0A
Amazon Aust: https://amzn.to/3Xeqlv9
Author Bio – Rebecca Raisin writes heartwarming romance from her home in sunny Perth, Australia. Her heroines tend to be on the quirky side and her books are usually set in exotic locations so her readers can armchair travel any day of the week. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous heroes who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true, once in a lifetime love. Her bestselling novel Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop has been optioned for film with MRC studios and Frolic Media.
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