The Little Paris Bookshop
Author: Nina Geroge
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2015
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program.
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
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.
I’ve always had a fondness for books that are charming works of literature; with their original plots and their warm characters. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is a novel that I’ve been putting off reading for a while, because it really takes a lot for me to venture beyond the young adult genre that I normally read. Now that I’ve read this beautiful novel, I honestly can’t figure out what had taken me so long! I was drawn in from the very beginning (with that super pretty cover and unique plot summary) and I finished this book pretty quick – I barely put it down while reading, because it was just downright addictive!
The whole idea behind a floating bookstore (owned by Monsieur Perdu, the main character) on a barge just sounds really nifty…it’s definitely a bookstore that I would want to visit. Monsieur Perdu essentially directs his customers to books he believes will heal what’s going on in their lives – a breakup? He’ll give you a book to help out. Depression? He has just the book for that! It’s a charming idea that really brings his customers a lot of happiness. However, Perdu hasn’t quite been able to find himself a book that is able to heal his dilemma: the woman he was in love with had left him and gave him nothing to remember her by except for a letter.
After opening that letter and reading it, Perdu decides to take his floating bookstore on a journey – a journey where he can help heal more people in need, and maybe discover what he can do to help himself, too.
This book was the perfect little pick-me-up kind of book – it’s bursting with self-discovery and beautiful writing that you can’t help but fall in love with!