Wednesday 12 April 2023

The Little Venice Bookshop by Rebecca Raisin Blog Tour

 Sometimes we all just need a feel-good book to instil a bit of positivity in us.

And that is something I know I'm guaranteed to get from author Rebecca Raisin. Having reviewed her previous novels, I was rather excited to be taken on another wistful journey with her latest story The Little Venice Bookshop.


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?

Filled with love and longing, this is a tale packed with characters that are each on a journey of discovery.

As with her previous works, Rebecca manages to really bring each person to life. The backstories are detailed and emotive. I always find myself longing to be friends with them.

But it isn't just the cast that ae written well, it's the locations too.

Vivid descriptions have me yearning for a holiday. The places travelled to become sort of like a supporting character within the tale.

Of course something that drew me to the story was the use of a bookshop. It's a dream of mine to one day own/work in my own book shop and the one Rebecca describes within this book is truly wonderful, talk about dream job.

From the very moment Luna lands in Venice, I found myself completely absorbed. 

I became Luna's personal cheerleader.

Love conquers all! (Yes I am a sucker for a good romance)

However, something this author always does well is to make things authentic. It isn't all hearts and flowers. There is sadness, grief and it felt like a privilege getting to see the characters grow and change as discoveries are made and lesson are learnt.

And then there's the twist near the end, which I for me just seemed perfectly fitting.

The Little Venice Bookshop is a special tale. 

A truly wonderful story that had me feeling delightfully warm inside. Dare I say, my favourite so far from Rebecca.

I am again looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

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