On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a ‘literary apothecary’, for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers.
The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust – until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.
By page 3 I was just in love with this book, and you can tell that Nina George enjoyed writing it. The descriptions of the smells of Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme took me to the Goldenbergs garden and I was transported to Monsieur Perdu’s world.
The first thing that caught my eye of this book is the dedication at the front and the words ‘You left in mid-sentence’, this is something that the author does not do, the writing of The Little Paris Bookshop is beautiful, poetic and is a joy to read.
Jean Perdu owns a barge turned bookshop called ‘The Literary Apothecary’ and he has a knack of knowing the exact book for any customer that will rescue them from their sorrows. I wondered what book he would choose for me such was the draw of this story, It seems real and you can’t help but envelop yourself in the pages. He lost the love of his life when she left him leaving just a letter. After 20 years he decides to read it. It is then the story truly begins.
Manon’s diary is full of vim and verve and its where we get to know her and her feelings.
The Little Paris Bookshop is a romantic tale, it is about love, it is funny in places, and just simply delightful.
I was captivated by The Little Paris Bookshop and hope you will be too.