The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
Publisher: Broadway Books; March 22, 2016
Are you a lover of books and reading? Do you love beautiful language and carefully chosen words? Do you enjoy romance mixed with humor, soul-searching and finding peace within? If any of those things appeal to you (and really, why wouldn’t they??), then The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George should be next on your reading list. I received this novel last week and had a long list of books already waiting to be read, however, a last-minute getaway to the beach prompted me to pull this one out and read first – and it was perfect. I sat on the deck about 15 yards from the waves breaking on the shore, absorbing every wonderfully written line, and this book was exactly what I needed.
This story is centered around Monsieur Perdu, a bookseller that has transformed an old barge docked on the Seine into his literary apothecary. Monsieur Perdu has a gift of choosing the perfect novel for a customer based on what they are feeling and/or experiencing. He also will quickly tell a customer when a novel the are seeking is not the right novel for them to read. Monsieur Perdu goes about his life each day selling books from his barge, talking to people as needed, but lonely and heart-broken due to his great love, Manon, leaving him 21 years ago. When a newly divorced woman (Catherine) moves in nearby and Monsieur Perdu is pressured to donate furniture to the woman, he must face the room long closed off because of the memories of Manon still remaining. Catherine finds an a letter in the table, which Monsieur Perdu later confesses he received from Manon 21 years ago after her leaving, but never had the strength to open the letter. Once Monsieur Perdu finally opens and reads the letter, everything he has thought and felt for 21 years is shattered and turned upside down, prompting an amazing journey! Monsieur Perdu fires up the old barge and decides to leave his safe location on the Seine, with a young author, Max Jordan, who manages to jump aboard the barge, begging to come along to avoid the press and his writer’s block. Thus begins a fantastic adventure of encountering new people, building friendships, trading books for supplies, and mostly – facing one’s true feelings and being honest with themselves and others.
I normally fly through novels, but not this one. Not that I wasn’t burning up the pages to find out what happens next, but there are so many lines in this novel that are so beautiful you will want to re-read them, and then reflect for a moment on what they mean to you. Moreover, I found myself going back to read something again pertaining to a character’s description, because they were all so unique and wonderful in their own ways. This book represents the regret and sadness that we all experience at some point, but most importantly, it represents the choice that we all have to overcome and find happiness. Each of us has the option to succumb to sorrow, and walk through this world each day without truly living. However, we also each have the choice to address and conquer what haunts us, and live each day to its fullest! This novel doesn’t have a typical fireworks happily ever after ending, but it will leave you feeling cheerful and delighted for the characters and each of their transformations from within. I recommend this fabulous novel to any reader, male or female, they wants to experience a beautifully written adventure and characters unlike they’ve encountered before! Nina George has written and incredible novel with The Little Paris Bookshop, and I cannot wait to read more from her in the future!
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- P.S. Make sure to check out the link to the Literary Apothecary, it’s so cool!
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*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.