Book Review: The Litte Paris Bookshop

From Book Description

“Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. from his bloating 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 is himself.”


My Comments

The best way to describe The Little Paris Bookshop is satisfying. It is the consummate book for book lovers. At 370 pages, not including the recipes and list of books recommended by the protagonist, Perdu, it is a long book. However, once I started reading, I didn’t even notice the length. In fact, it could have gone on for another couple hundred more pages and I wouldn’t even have noticed! It did take me a long while to get through the book, though, because I had a strong desire and need to savor every word.

The character development in this book is wonderful. I was only a few pages into the book when I “fell in love” with Perdu and wanted to have a cup or tea or glass of wine with him. I want him to pick out books for me that he thinks I should read. I felt his sorrow with him, I felt his confusion with him, I felt his rage with him,  and I rejoiced with him. But, he wasn’t the only one. All of the characters, even the minor characters are well developed and add something to the story.

The author, Nina George, also does a fantastic job with the setting of the story. I truly felt like I had transported to Paris, and certain details brought back memories of the time I lived in Paris for three months years ago. Even as Perdu floated down to the south of France, I felt as if I was floating on the boat with him.

As a word of caution, there is a tiny bit of sexuality in the book. Nothing graphic, just some references and a conversation, which, personally, I think were unneccessary and added nothing to the story. I mention it, however, just so you are aware in case you are sensitive to it.

Nevertheless, The Little Paris Bookshop is a wonderful, wonderful story. I hope you get the chance to read this book! I give it four (4) stars.


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