“The Little Paris Bookshop” was my first experience reading a novel penned by author Nina George. As a writer and book lover I am naturally drawn to stories which center themselves around bookshops or have a book theme.
This graceful story features many wonderful and well developed characters making it easy to connect with as you take a ride through amazement. There is a love story, or two, within the pages along with some mystery and suspense. Be warned though, this isn’t a horror or a thriller.
Monsieur Jean Perdu owns a floating bookstore. That’s right, a bookstore on a boat. More specifically, a barge in the middle of the Seine. When the love of his life walked away from him, Perdu was so broken down and destroyed that he locked up his heart. Besides his apartment and spent all his time on his “literary apothecary” helping interested customers find the perfect book for things which ailed them.
Catherine, a new tenant who moves in down the hall, needs a few pieces of furniture. Jean gives her a table which has been locked away in a hidden room behind a bookcase. Locked since his love went away. When a letter surfaces from the table that his true love left behind, Perdue must learn to take time to heal himself so he can move on from his past.
“The Little Paris Bookshop” is a true delight to read. There are many characters sprinkled through its pages that you’ll love getting to know. While there is sadness and heartache, there is happiness and joy.
About “The Little Paris Bookshop”
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.
Disclaimer: I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. I am not being compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.