The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin
Anouk LaRue used to be a romantic, but since she had her heart well and truly broken her love life has dissolved into nothing more than daydreams of the perfect man. Retreating to her extraordinary Little Antique Shop has always been a way to escape, because who could feel alone in a shop bursting with memories and beautiful objects…
Until Tristan Black bursts into an auction and throws her ordered world into a spin.
Following your heart is a little like getting lost in Paris – sometimes confusing and always exciting! Except learning to trust her instincts is not something Anouk is ready to do when it comes to romance, but the city of love has other ideas…
This book reminded me of the film "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" both in content, atmosphere and style. The beautiful descriptions of Paris were an absolute delight, even if they were a little on the romantic side (and there's no harm in that considering Paris is the most romantic of cities). The author's love of and intimate knowledge of the city shines through, and together with the MC's real love of antiques, her fascination with their stories and her fierce desire that they are loved as much as she loves them makes for an evocative and picturesque backdrop to the story line.
The book has a genteel, old-worlde charm, as does the main character. I kept imagining her as Audrey Hepburn (though that might fit the sister, Lilou, better). The mystery the book contains is a cosy one, with no real surprises, but that doesn't matter at all, especially with a hunk like Tristan between it's pages.
I'm looking forward to reading Ms Raisin's other novels, and if this one is any indication, I'm going to thoroughly enjoy them!