The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George

Overview: 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.

Debbie Weiss (05/30/16): This is a lovely story about what heartbreak can do to a person --- and how one can learn from loss and come back even stronger. Monsier Perdu is the type of character all serious readers will love. He owns a floating bookstore in Paris and his passion in life is to recommend books to people for which he believes will make them better individuals and will help them to heal if they are suffering. He, himself, has been suffering for many years, ever since his true love left him. The young lady left a letter behind, but Monsier Perdu refused to read it --- never meant to read it --- until he is convinced to do so by a new neighbor. Reading the letter has a profound effect on him and puts him on a mission to re-engage with the world.

It is fun to see the books that Monsieur Perdu recommends to his customers. It is a delightful book that will make the reader feel good about life.

Elaine Marlin (04/20/16): This wonderful novel is set in my favorite country in the world: France. It is so well written, with such an interesting series of events. The main character, Jean Perdu, is about 50 years old. He owns a floating barge bookstore in Paris. He is extremely sad, and has been shut down for at least 20 years. I won't say why. He is not able to socialize and turns away so many people who genuinely want to get to know him. His life is books: reading them, selling them, prescribing them to customers to solve their emotional distresses. Through a series of very involving, entertaining, emotionally pulling events and characters, Jean learns to live again.

I loved the author's descriptions of the scenery, weather,geography, and her vivid descriptions of the characters inner fears and feelings. I highly recommend this book! There are even a few recipes in the back.

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