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From the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop comes another uplifting romance. 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 k From the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop comes another uplifting romance. 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…?


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From the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop comes another uplifting romance. 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 k From the bestselling author of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop comes another uplifting romance. 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…?

30 review for Aria’s Travelling Book Shop

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Aria’s Travelling Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin is a 2020 HQ Digital publication. A lovely story about overcoming grief, the healing power of books, and a wonderful homage to romance novels and authors! After losing her husband, TJ, to cancer three years ago, Aria had been living a nomadic life as a ‘Van Lifer’ and selling books is her trade. Now, she and her best friend, Rosie, are heading to France! The last person Aria expected to run into was Jonathan- the man that has awakened feelings she tho Aria’s Travelling Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin is a 2020 HQ Digital publication. A lovely story about overcoming grief, the healing power of books, and a wonderful homage to romance novels and authors! After losing her husband, TJ, to cancer three years ago, Aria had been living a nomadic life as a ‘Van Lifer’ and selling books is her trade. Now, she and her best friend, Rosie, are heading to France! The last person Aria expected to run into was Jonathan- the man that has awakened feelings she thought had died with TJ. But. despite her attraction to Jonathan, she prefers to enjoy romance vicariously, via her beloved romance novels, because she has promised TJ, she would never fall in love again. He was her once in a lifetime true love and no one will ever be able to take his place in her heart. However, when Aria’s estranged mother-in-law forwards her TJ’s diary, it is both a blessing and an emotional drain. While reading TJ’s words, Aria feels his presence,as though he is sending Aria a clear message-one she can’t bring herself to accept. With the help of Rosie’s gentle urgings, TJ’s diary, and Jonathan’s easy charm, Aria begins to entertain the possibility of giving love another chance. Can she make peace with her in laws and open her heart up to love a second time? While the story is not heavy, be assured there is plenty of depth and emotion to it. I pulled out one of my precious, rationed tissues on at least one occasion. I also loved how prominently romance novels were featured- reminding me of how healing and cathartic love stories are, especially when one’s mind and heart are troubled. Aria has pretty good taste in books, giving a shoutout to a few great authors along the way. (Maeve Binchey is an author everyone should read at least once.) For those who read the first book in this series, Rosie and Max are very involved in this second installment and have a few surprises coming their way too. Anytime I pick up a book by Rebecca Raisin it’s a real treat. I’ve been a fan for a good while now and it has been a pleasure to see how well this author has blossomed as a writer and storyteller. This story is a wonderful, cathartic tale that will appeal to book lovers in general, but it will especially touch those who are romantics at heart. Aria’s journey is poignant and bittersweet as she searches her soul, fighting her way through grief and loneliness. This is a touching story, which ultimately leads Aria to consider a future full of promise, hope and new beginnings. Raisin’s stories are good, healthy, uplifting stories that are good for the soul. But, this past week, this book has been a soothing balm for me. This is just the type of gentle, heart lifting story we could all use right now. 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Cute Romance. Aria's is trying to get over losing her husband, and she is now living the van life/traveling life style. I really loved the characters in this book, and Aria is everything I want in a character. The storyline is just the best. I loved the writing style in this book. I love how they explain Aria's van as a Travelling Book Shop. This is a great summer cute read with great characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Harlequin) or author (Rebec This is a Cute Romance. Aria's is trying to get over losing her husband, and she is now living the van life/traveling life style. I really loved the characters in this book, and Aria is everything I want in a character. The storyline is just the best. I loved the writing style in this book. I love how they explain Aria's van as a Travelling Book Shop. This is a great summer cute read with great characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Harlequin) or author (Rebecca Raisin) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    What reader can resist anything with Book Shop in the title? Not me. This was a fun, sweet romance set against the interesting backdrop of Van Life. Aria has a travelling book shop operated out of a van. She goes from town to town to festivals and sets up and sells her books from her van. She travels with other Van Lifers, some go to the same places, and others drop in and out. Aria started doing this after the love of her life, TJ, died of cancer. before he died they travelled in a van so that What reader can resist anything with Book Shop in the title? Not me. This was a fun, sweet romance set against the interesting backdrop of Van Life. Aria has a travelling book shop operated out of a van. She goes from town to town to festivals and sets up and sells her books from her van. She travels with other Van Lifers, some go to the same places, and others drop in and out. Aria started doing this after the love of her life, TJ, died of cancer. before he died they travelled in a van so that he could see the Lake District he had always wanted to see. Aria just continued that nomadic lifestyle after his death. Aria meets Jonathan along the way and feels a pull of something towards him - but she promised TJ she would neve love anyone else, so she puts her feelings aside. The story was sweet and I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and found it character driven while still providing great descriptions of some of the areas visited. The characters were fun and a little quirky. Thanks to Harper 360 / HQ Digital through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    Last year I read and reviewed about the hilarious and often perilous adventures of Rosie in Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop where we first were introduced to Rosie and Aria so, naturally, I was anxious to continue on the journey with these van-lifers. I'm thrilled that I did! Unlike Rosie, whose unspeakably awful husband walked out on her, which led to her joining the life of the van-lifers, Aria's husband and the love of her life died three years old. Aria was devastated by the loss and swore that s Last year I read and reviewed about the hilarious and often perilous adventures of Rosie in Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop where we first were introduced to Rosie and Aria so, naturally, I was anxious to continue on the journey with these van-lifers. I'm thrilled that I did! Unlike Rosie, whose unspeakably awful husband walked out on her, which led to her joining the life of the van-lifers, Aria's husband and the love of her life died three years old. Aria was devastated by the loss and swore that she never would love another soul again - outside of those found in her beloved books. But then she met Jonathan last year at the final festival of the season. Now he has shown up on the tour circuit again and, despite their attraction, Aria is determined to stay true to her oath. As the travelling vans wind their way through Paris, the city of love, will she be able to keep her feelings in the check or will Paris take over her heart and allow her a second chance at love? There are very few romance authors who I truly love and enjoy reading and, let me tell you, Rebecca Raisin is right there at the top of my list of favorites! Her characters are realistically funny, heart-breaking and lovable, their humor is very much like my own and the story lines always are interesting and FUN! I find myself reading these books in one sitting because, once started, I cannot stop until I know how they end. This series is particularly interesting because I find the travelling vans so intriguing. I think this would be a lifestyle that I would enjoy and so reading about their triumphs as well as their pitfalls is very compelling. Obviously, I recommend Aria's Travelling Book Shop to all, as well as the first in the series, Rosies Travelling Tea Shop. Read them both and enjoy!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I loved Rosie's Traveling Tea Shop and I was really hoping that I would love this one, especially since I can relate to Aria's love of books so much. I can relate to her wanting to escape into the world of books and the fact that her van/living space was completely covered in books sounded like a dream. The problem was that I was a bit bored with the story. Rosie and Aria spent way more time than necessary talking about Aria's v I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I loved Rosie's Traveling Tea Shop and I was really hoping that I would love this one, especially since I can relate to Aria's love of books so much. I can relate to her wanting to escape into the world of books and the fact that her van/living space was completely covered in books sounded like a dream. The problem was that I was a bit bored with the story. Rosie and Aria spent way more time than necessary talking about Aria's vow to never love again. That topic seriously came up ALL THE TIME. It was frustrating because these two grown women couldn't seem to talk about anything but men. Oy. I still don't understand why Aria was so determined to never love again. I can understand her thinking that she couldn't possibly find another man to love as much as she loved her husband. That I get. But it just felt contrived to have her say over and over and over again that it would be disrespectful of TJ to fall in love with someone else, especially since he had told her the complete opposite. Another problem was that I felt zero chemistry between Jonathan and Aria and there was no relationship development. Apparently, they spent a day together off the pages of the book (basically before the story started) and they only spent a handful of scenes with him and those scenes were always just awkward. Aria spent more time discussing Jonathan with Rosie than she did with Jonathan himself. Sorry, but I was not a fan of this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    Having read Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop, I was so eager to get my hands on the second installment of the talented author Rebecca Raisin. Her books really make my heart smile. They are light but deep, shadowed yet joyous and always filled with hope and love. Aria loved TJ and he died 3 years ago. She had promised never to love again. Yet a hint of love came in the form of Jonathan. With her best friend Rosie and a long lost diary from TJ, she soon gave a second chance to life and love. Having read Having read Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop, I was so eager to get my hands on the second installment of the talented author Rebecca Raisin. Her books really make my heart smile. They are light but deep, shadowed yet joyous and always filled with hope and love. Aria loved TJ and he died 3 years ago. She had promised never to love again. Yet a hint of love came in the form of Jonathan. With her best friend Rosie and a long lost diary from TJ, she soon gave a second chance to life and love. Having read many works of this talented author, I waited for the right day to read this book as I knew things about the world out would pull me down, then I would need an uplifter. It was today, and this was the book which brought me peace for a few hours. Emotions made my heart tremble as I read Aria's story as she healed and found closure. The Rebecca's love for books was well reflected in Aria. Works of many great authors were mentioned in the prose. Friendships and relationships formed the core while forgiveness and acceptance were seen in the pages. I was transported from my home to the land of France as the book camper van traveled to different places and found little gems of bookshops on the way. Love too returned with Jonathan, Rosie and her husband had a few surprises up their sleeves. The book was everything I hoped and more. I was turbulent and angry, and it soothed me with its gentle words. What blessed peace from my thoughts for a few hours!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. I didn't realize this was a second book in a series, but I have to say that I still enjoyed it. I loved the whole idea behind the traveler's (the idea of picking up and going sounds awesome right now). Aria's backstory was sad, and I was glad to see her slowly opening up to meeting someone again. But for me the best part of this book was Aria and Rosie's friendship. Aria has a traveling book shop. She an Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. I didn't realize this was a second book in a series, but I have to say that I still enjoyed it. I loved the whole idea behind the traveler's (the idea of picking up and going sounds awesome right now). Aria's backstory was sad, and I was glad to see her slowly opening up to meeting someone again. But for me the best part of this book was Aria and Rosie's friendship. Aria has a traveling book shop. She and her best friend Rosie (who runs her own traveling business) move from place to place in order to sell their wares. Aria we find though is running from her past and the loss of her husband from a couple of years ago. When Aria though meets someone that makes her think about trying again, she gets scared to move on from her husband and their memories together. When her mother in law sends her, her husband's diary though, she gets even more of a push to finally move on. I really liked the character of Aria. I thought her love of books was understandable and I loved the whole idea behind having a traveling bookshop. You also get why she's reluctant to move on. Her dead husband sounds awesome. That said, I know that romance readers tend to have thoughts about books featuring widows/widowers, but have to say that I think this one works out quite well. The only reason why I gave it 4 stars is that I thought the love interest was just a bit too perfect. It just didn't ring true to me in the end. The flow of the book works and we just follow Aria around as she travels from England to France. The ending was very sweet I thought and I would like to go back and read the first book in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    Aria’s Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Rasin was a whole lot of fun! I’m fascinated with the Nomad lifestyle here in the US, but this was so much better as we get a peek inside the lifestyle in Europe. The escapades of Aria, Rose, Max, and friends are delightful as is Aria’s journey toward love. Aria lives a nomadic lifestyle driving a traveling book shop, focusing on romantic novels. She decides, along with best friend Rose, and her partner Max, to spend the summer in France, traveling to the f Aria’s Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Rasin was a whole lot of fun! I’m fascinated with the Nomad lifestyle here in the US, but this was so much better as we get a peek inside the lifestyle in Europe. The escapades of Aria, Rose, Max, and friends are delightful as is Aria’s journey toward love. Aria lives a nomadic lifestyle driving a traveling book shop, focusing on romantic novels. She decides, along with best friend Rose, and her partner Max, to spend the summer in France, traveling to the festivals to sell her books with all her van-life friends. Aria is recently widowed by the love of her life TJ, and she deals with the grief by living vicariously through her romance novels, as she knows no real man could ever live up to the expectations of her first and final love. When Aria runs into Jonathan, the feelings he brings up frightens her because she’s not ready for another love in her life, and she doesn’t believe she will ever be ready. However, when her mother-in-law sends her the diary her former husband TJ wrote during the final months of his life, she begins to heal. This book was fun, and also emotionally satisfying. These characters were so real, they jumped off the pages and took me along with them in Aria’s van filled with romance novels. Their escapades traveling through France in their vans was so much fun, I felt like I was there with them. But, it’s the emotional journey that Aria was on that really sucked me in. How does someone move on from the one extraordinary love of a lifetime? Can she ever open herself up to love again? This book had me laughing out loud and then reaching for the tissues all in the same chapter. I highly recommend this book to everyone! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    This started a little slow, I didn't feel pulled Into the story but was feeling invested in the characters . Once it got going it was a lovely story, well written and a deeply moving read. This started a little slow, I didn't feel pulled Into the story but was feeling invested in the characters . Once it got going it was a lovely story, well written and a deeply moving read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    This is book two in the travelling shops series, I did not read book one but there was no need to to be able to enjoy this one. I will, however, be reading about Rosie's Tea Shop as soon as possible. At first I thought this story was going to be about books, but it turned into more of a romance and a sweet one at that. Many books are mentioned throughout the story and it was fun looking them up. The descriptions of Paris made me envious and wishing I could visit France right now, es This is book two in the travelling shops series, I did not read book one but there was no need to to be able to enjoy this one. I will, however, be reading about Rosie's Tea Shop as soon as possible. At first I thought this story was going to be about books, but it turned into more of a romance and a sweet one at that. Many books are mentioned throughout the story and it was fun looking them up. The descriptions of Paris made me envious and wishing I could visit France right now, especially the food. This book started out a little said, Aria is trying to get over the death of her husband and refuses to even think of falling in love again...then along comes Jonathan. I won't give anything away, you'll just have to read it yourself. I liked that the main characters were a little older than the usual and they were the type of characters you want to be friends with, become nomads with. They made it sound like such fun and so adventurous. I wonder and hope there may be more travelling shops in our reading future! Disclosure: Thank you NetGalley, Rebecca Raisin and Harper 360 - HQ Digital for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #AriasTravellingBookShop #NetGalley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)

    Hello and welcome to another episode of The Inner Workings of Laura’s Mind aka A Scary Place. *snorts* Contrary to popular opinion I haven’t lost the plot (well, no more than usual), and my intro will make total sense soon – I *pinky* promise! Just bear with me... (Please note that you don’t have to read Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop before picking up ATBS.) Now we all know there are some books that stay with us long after the last page has been turned. The stories that become part of us. For me, it’ Hello and welcome to another episode of The Inner Workings of Laura’s Mind aka A Scary Place. *snorts* Contrary to popular opinion I haven’t lost the plot (well, no more than usual), and my intro will make total sense soon – I *pinky* promise! Just bear with me... (Please note that you don’t have to read Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop before picking up ATBS.) Now we all know there are some books that stay with us long after the last page has been turned. The stories that become part of us. For me, it’s the same with certain characters. I worry about them (don’t look at me like that – I can’t help it! *shrugs). #bookwormproblems Especially those secondary characters that seem to be stuck in a limbo of sorts when a story ends. Aria was one of those characters for me after I had finished RTTS. I just couldn’t get her out of my mind. The slight reveal we had of her background story in Rosie’s book really tugged at my heartstrings (yes, I cried) and I wanted more for this awesome book nerd. (See? I told you my mind was a scary place.) Well, ask and you shall receive. Hallelujah! *snorts* I (almost) couldn’t contain myself when I knew ATBS was coming out this year. But let me tell you, it. Was. So. Worth. The. Wait. And that says a lot for someone with zero patience. *smirks* “True love doesn’t always last forever. We have to be prepared to open our hearts again, no matter how damaged we might be.” Apparently my ‘sound effects’ whilst reading ATBS were something to behold (behear? I know it’s not a word). Lots of lol’ing, breath catching, sobbing, sighing and sniffing (in varying degrees). I’m trying my best not to give anything away (pet hate in book reviews numero uno), but I was there with Aria, silently showing my support and geeing her on to take the plunge and dip her toes once more in matters of the heart. Life is for the living and love will always find a way! Ugh, I’m getting all philosophical here *rolls eyes*. I think I need a reboot. I fervently hope this is not the last we hear from our intrepid group of wanderers. In fact, I’m worrying about another character as we speak. Go figure!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ailsa

    On the one hand, this was a light, enjoyable read and a bit of travel escapism while we were all stuck at home during the pandemic. It's a delightful look at some French villages, as the bookshop van travels along. There's a lovely little community of several travelling shops who move along together, including Aria's friend Rosie (who stars in the first book of the series), and there's a really nice friendship between Aria and Rosie. On the other, I don't think it holds up to other contemporary On the one hand, this was a light, enjoyable read and a bit of travel escapism while we were all stuck at home during the pandemic. It's a delightful look at some French villages, as the bookshop van travels along. There's a lovely little community of several travelling shops who move along together, including Aria's friend Rosie (who stars in the first book of the series), and there's a really nice friendship between Aria and Rosie. On the other, I don't think it holds up to other contemporary romance I've read & enjoyed in the last couple of years; I won't be going back to reread it. The encounters between Aria and Jonathan felt a bit awkward more often than not, and there's a lot of focus on the troubled relationship between Aria and the mother of her late husband. And maybe it's because I was pregnant while I read this, but there's a plotline I found particularly frustrating: one character, who's in a relationship, has some of the stereotypical signs of pregnancy and it takes everyone a long time to realise that's what's happening. Then, once it's confirmed, people try to wrap the woman in cotton wool and comment on what she's doing & what's "safe". I wanted to yell at these 'friends' and tell them she's pregnant not ill. So, a light read with some travel escapism, but there are a whole bunch of other contemporary romance books I'd point you to before this one. 5/10. [I received a digital copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review first posted on my book blog.]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle Hazelden

    What an utterly adorable tale. I mean I'm a sucker for a novel that mentions books in its title anyway but I can honestly say that this story put a beaming smile on my face. We follow Aria, who travels around in her van selling books. She is what's known as a van lifer, a nomad. This woman is is made of strong stuff, having lost her husband TJ to cancer 3 years ago, she is doing her best to keep going, moving on with her life. A life that won't see any love in it - except for the romance books tha What an utterly adorable tale. I mean I'm a sucker for a novel that mentions books in its title anyway but I can honestly say that this story put a beaming smile on my face. We follow Aria, who travels around in her van selling books. She is what's known as a van lifer, a nomad. This woman is is made of strong stuff, having lost her husband TJ to cancer 3 years ago, she is doing her best to keep going, moving on with her life. A life that won't see any love in it - except for the romance books that she continues to read - is it that she thinks she doesn't deserve to love again, or that TJ wouldn't approve of her moving on? But in steps Jonathon. Handsome, witty, charming oh and he just happens to be a best selling author. Should Aria continue on her journey alone or could she open her heart up to the possibility of being able to love more than one person? Aria's Travelling Book Shop is the perfect light-hearted book. There is a beautiful mix of friendship, family and feelings. The love that blossoms is felt with each and every word read. Rebecca has written a story that is meaningful without becoming bogged down with unnecessary drama. I kept turning the pages because I believed in Aria's story and was eager to know where she would be led. Highly recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    A bittersweet read of letting go and finding new love and a way forward. I loved the preceding book and it was great to catch up with known characters. This book didn’t share the same frothiness but is enjoyable none the less. I hoping further adventures with Aria and Rosie are on the cards in the future. Thank you Netgalley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Short

    Traveling around England and France with others in vans is an adventure for Aria and her friends. Definitely a light, humorous read with sweet characters. Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read this book for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaffeeklatsch and Books

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This was such a lovely book. Aria and Rosie are great friends and enjoy a nomadic life travelling with their vans to markets and festivals. Rosie has a book shop on wheels and is drawn to other book shops and book lovers. They are traveling through France and you can feel the magic of their travelling life and romance sparkles in the air. It deals with past heartbreak, close friendships, romance and travel. You really feel as though you are going along on the journey. It would be lovely to read a This was such a lovely book. Aria and Rosie are great friends and enjoy a nomadic life travelling with their vans to markets and festivals. Rosie has a book shop on wheels and is drawn to other book shops and book lovers. They are traveling through France and you can feel the magic of their travelling life and romance sparkles in the air. It deals with past heartbreak, close friendships, romance and travel. You really feel as though you are going along on the journey. It would be lovely to read a follow on book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    If only I had put 2 and 2 together sooner, I would have read this months ago when it first landed on my kindle. I can't believe I didn't twig that this although not necessarily a sequel is set with the same characters, although different lead, that were in Rebecca Raisin's previous book Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop! Thankfully I twigged within a few pages, and I was ecstatic to be amongst my favourite group of nomads, and that this book featured so much more of Rosie and Max's story, in addition If only I had put 2 and 2 together sooner, I would have read this months ago when it first landed on my kindle. I can't believe I didn't twig that this although not necessarily a sequel is set with the same characters, although different lead, that were in Rebecca Raisin's previous book Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop! Thankfully I twigged within a few pages, and I was ecstatic to be amongst my favourite group of nomads, and that this book featured so much more of Rosie and Max's story, in addition to us getting to know Aria even better. And Aria really is a character you want to get to know, she is the ultimate bookworm, especially loves romances, and I think any book lover would love to visit her campervan shop, given it is filled to the rafters with books, and barely has any room for her to sleep in it! She is a widow and has been on the van circuit of festivals travelling for 3 years now, but while knowing that TJ was her one true love, she meets Jonathan and starts to wonder all sorts of things about romance and whether you can in fact fall in love again. All of this is set to a backdrop of a summer travelling around France, taking in Rouen, Bordeaux and the French Riviera to name a few of the spots, and they sound idyllic. There is plenty of french food to make your mouth water, and there are some surprises along the way too, as well as a beautiful way of Aria discovering she may just be ready to allow a new special person into her life. I spent a wonderfully sunny afternoon in my garden, completely entranced by this story, loving every word of it, and at the same time I'm really hoping this isn't the last we have seen of the van lifers - we need more, I need to know how their stories continue!! Another gem of a book from the always pleasurable to read Rebecca Raisin. Thank you to HQ Digital and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Perera

    After reading Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop a few months ago, I couldn’t wait to read all about her friend Aria. Aria Summers lost her husband TJ to cancer three years ago and since then she’s been living a nomadic life, selling and reading books promising to never love again. That’s until Jonathan walks into her life ✨ . This book was lovely and such a cosy read leaving you feel all warm inside. 4 🌟

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer

    Another fabulous escape. I found a new favorite author!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is a lighthearted read about Aria and her bookshop. The storyline drew me in from the first chapter and it kept me reading until the very end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    I adored this book, it has everything I love….a heartbroken bookworm trying to escape her feelings in a camper van turned bookshop, a mysterious author, a stunning location and a bunch of quirky and kind hearted nomadic friends! I loved how Aria spoke of her love for books and how she read avidly into the small hours with the characters coming completely alive in her imagination. It’s obvious from the start that Aria is desperately running from her past and escaping into an imaginary world. I’m so I adored this book, it has everything I love….a heartbroken bookworm trying to escape her feelings in a camper van turned bookshop, a mysterious author, a stunning location and a bunch of quirky and kind hearted nomadic friends! I loved how Aria spoke of her love for books and how she read avidly into the small hours with the characters coming completely alive in her imagination. It’s obvious from the start that Aria is desperately running from her past and escaping into an imaginary world. I’m so glad that she had best friend Rosie and her partner Max by her side, patiently guiding her into the next step of her life. The trio travel through France with other ‘van lifers’ stopping off at various fetes and fairs along the way. They keep bumping into author Jonathon at book events and Aria can’t help but feel a strong connection towards him. She reads chapters from a diary written by her late husband TJ and gains the strength she needs to open her heart again. This is truly heart warming, written with great love and warmth. There’s a strong theme of forgiveness, friendship and new beginnings. The plot just carries you along and Aria and Rosie become like the friends you always wished you had. The descriptions of France in the summer just transport you there and the story gives you a feeling that good things will return. For bookworms, hopeless romantics or anyone who loves a heartwarming, uplifting read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Filipa

    3,5 stars Aria's Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Raisin is an uplifting romance, a perfect read for when you're feeling down and you just need a sweet and cute story that leaves you with a heartwarming, all's-well-when-it-ends well feeling at the end of the book. You really can't go wrong with this book: it's a cozy reading, designed to make you feel good about the world and, by extension, about yourself. It's intended to be a pick-me-up story and that's exactly what it is. Just look at that cove 3,5 stars Aria's Travelling Book Shop by Rebecca Raisin is an uplifting romance, a perfect read for when you're feeling down and you just need a sweet and cute story that leaves you with a heartwarming, all's-well-when-it-ends well feeling at the end of the book. You really can't go wrong with this book: it's a cozy reading, designed to make you feel good about the world and, by extension, about yourself. It's intended to be a pick-me-up story and that's exactly what it is. Just look at that cover: it instantly makes me feel good about life, I absolutely love it. I have to say the publisher did a great work on the cover...I would definitely buy this book if I were to see it in a book store, just because of it. I fell in love with it: our protagonist being a person that loves books and a nomad that lives on the road, selling precious and wonderful books, I think this is the perfect cover for this story. Read more @ my blog one chapter at a time Many thanks to netgalley and HQ Digital for providing this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I absolutely adored this book. I am immediately going to purchase her other books. This book has left me wanting to guve up my life, purchase a van and start travelling. A true heartfelt read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Followill

    Sweet characters , love the different personalitys, the way of life seems fun traveling and meeting new people , falling in love , living their best life .,

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Lost In A Book Blog)

    This book encompasses some real life talk, such as love, loss, friendship and personal growth. It is a very good premise and I really liked the setting. Aria lives on the go, she has bookstore on wheels, traveling with her best-friend Rosie. Aria lost her husband to cancer not long ago and her journey is one of healing. All sounds good, but I must say I was ultimately very bored. Aria’s personality is the same as everyone in the book. All the characters feel very similar, very grey. Aria and Rosie This book encompasses some real life talk, such as love, loss, friendship and personal growth. It is a very good premise and I really liked the setting. Aria lives on the go, she has bookstore on wheels, traveling with her best-friend Rosie. Aria lost her husband to cancer not long ago and her journey is one of healing. All sounds good, but I must say I was ultimately very bored. Aria’s personality is the same as everyone in the book. All the characters feel very similar, very grey. Aria and Rosie should ditch everyone and become lesbians, there’s sooooo much focus on Rosie, what she’s feeling, her achievements, her wants and needs. It's so annoying. I felt there was a lack of focus on Jonathan, he is what I wanted to read about, and he only made an important appearance halfway through the book. Why? This is a very peaceful sort of read, and I believe some people will enjoy it. Just not me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    I received a free arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read this second in a series as I really enjoyed the first book. However this one fell flat for me, and I struggled to get through it. First, the positives - I still love the traveling, the camper vans, the descriptions and explorations. For me what fell flat was Aria and Jonathon’s entire friendship/relationship. By the halfway mark of the book, they had only spent an hour together (minus a scene from b I received a free arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was very excited to read this second in a series as I really enjoyed the first book. However this one fell flat for me, and I struggled to get through it. First, the positives - I still love the traveling, the camper vans, the descriptions and explorations. For me what fell flat was Aria and Jonathon’s entire friendship/relationship. By the halfway mark of the book, they had only spent an hour together (minus a scene from book 1). Yet she is already feeling strong feelings for him, and he has “fallen for her.” They actually spend very little time together until she decides she wants to be with him at around 85%. It was very insta-love without really getting to know one another. I very much got to know TJ much better than Jonathon. For me, the conversations and lack there of just didn’t feel authentic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I do like a good "feel good light weight" read to take my mind off life. Books, camper vans and France, sounds wonderful-what could go wrong? Well sadly it did go wrong for me. The book didn't hold my interest. I felt the characters were quite shallow and actually quite annoying. The writing style jarred too- why the casual introduction of Americanisms when they were Brits in France? It took me a lot longer than usual to read the book- I felt I had to finish it as it was an ARC I had agreed to r I do like a good "feel good light weight" read to take my mind off life. Books, camper vans and France, sounds wonderful-what could go wrong? Well sadly it did go wrong for me. The book didn't hold my interest. I felt the characters were quite shallow and actually quite annoying. The writing style jarred too- why the casual introduction of Americanisms when they were Brits in France? It took me a lot longer than usual to read the book- I felt I had to finish it as it was an ARC I had agreed to review for NetGalley. I didn't feel I could abandon it and give a fair review. The characters felt quite childish so maybe I am the wrong age group for the book- shame

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lucy C

    A travelling bookshop on wheels what is not to love. Aria goes travelling to France after losing her husband TJ, with her friend Rosie and Max who also own a travelling tea shop. I found this book a little hard to get into maybe because I haven't read the first in the series, Once I was in I don't think that mattered too much. It was a light enjoyable read and had humourous and emotional parts. It was nice to escape to France during these hard times. A travelling bookshop on wheels what is not to love. Aria goes travelling to France after losing her husband TJ, with her friend Rosie and Max who also own a travelling tea shop. I found this book a little hard to get into maybe because I haven't read the first in the series, Once I was in I don't think that mattered too much. It was a light enjoyable read and had humourous and emotional parts. It was nice to escape to France during these hard times.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Layla Ashby

    Not for me, soon as I started it.

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