Book: The Little Paris Bookshop
Release date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Source: Review Copy from Blogging for Books
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I adored this book. This book had everything under the sun. There was romance, adventure, friendship, freedom, and so much more. The writing was close to flawless because the flowery diction of the author really transported me to the streets of Paris and I honestly felt like I was there with Perdu. The book does mention loss and how books are seen as cures, and I felt myself agreeing with all this book had to offer. I read it in a mere two days because it was impossible to put down. The chapters were a nice length to fly by. The formatting of Manon’s diary entries mixed with Perdu’s POV flowed very well. Even though Manon really never appears in the book, her presence is in every page. The characters that Nina George created were witty, intelligent, and people that all people can consult and relate to. No matter what type of person you are, this book is one that can move your heart and soul. As a book lover, and to all the book lovers out there, this is a book about the love of books. My appreciation for books have only grown, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to go on this journey with Perdu to not only find him, but discover a new piece of me.
I would like to thank Blogging for Books for sending me a copy of this book, it is highly appreciated!