Every once in a while a reader will find a narrative that touches their heart in ways that most others do not. For this reader, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is such a book.
The main character, Monsieur Perdu, owns and operates a most winsome bookshop, The Literary Apothecary, which is housed on a floating barge on the Seine River. From his bookshop he dispenses literary cures for the ailments of his customers. Perdu has an amazing ability for prescribing just the right book to remedy heartaches, loneliness, scarred souls, and for reenergizing spiritless psyches. The one person that he can’t seem to “heal” is himself.
A victim of a broken heart and somewhat of a midlife crisis, Perdu lifts anchor and takes to the rivers of France in search of the missing pieces of his life. His journey leads to insightful realizations about sorrow, love, friendship, and what it means to live a life fulfilled. Filled with charm and a testament to the power of the written word, this novel is a delight.
Reviewed by Neica Dey
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