Review: Aria’s Traveling Book Shop (Book #2: The Traveling Shops Series) by Rebecca Raisin

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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…?

Source: NetGalley and HQ Digital Rating: 4/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  Aria was introduced in the first book in the series and proved to be a great support to Rosie as Rosie began her life as a traveling tea shop owner.  From the beginning, it is clear Aria is a true-blue friend, but also a friend hiding a lot of her own pain.  Through this book, Aria is forced to deal with her loss, her sadness, and the possibility of letting go of her own guilt and moving forward with her life. 

With a long, winding trip through France with Rosie and company, Aria finds herself constantly and most unexpectedly in the presence of the one man who can help her overcome all she has carried for three long, trying years.  An unexpected gift also arrives that takes Aria and the reader on an emotional journey meant to help her sort her feelings and make solid decisions about her future. 

Once again, I was charmed by all aspects of Raisin’s writing and fictional world.  The long winding journey through France very much mimicked Aria’s own emotional journey and I quite liked the parallels.  The descriptions of the landscape, the food, the sites, and the community of van lifers is such a wonderful form of escapist reading.  While I appreciate this is a series, I can’t quite see at this stage where the series is going to go next.  The first two books have focused almost exclusively on a very small circle of friends and there doesn’t seem to be much wiggle room to move forward.  Of course, there is also a reason I am a reader and not a writer 😊

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