The Little Paris Bookshop
As soon as I saw The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, I knew it would be a book I'd love. The setup is simple, yet profound: a French man who owns a bookstore and prescribes books to people like medicine finally reads a letter the love of his life left him upon her disappearance and goes on a journey to find closure. I felt like this book was made for me because I love Paris and I'm a huge bookworm. I own hundreds of books and I'm always lending them out to friends saying "I have the perfect book for you!". I always say that I have the perfect book for every situation, and so does Monsieur Perdu of The Little Paris Bookshop. The book description reads:
"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."
Translated from German, this book is at time quirky, yet romantic; sad, yet funny. If you love books, this book is for you. If you love Paris, this book is for you. If you love love, this is the book for you. The cover is absolutely gorgeous as well, inviting you into its pages with a sense of romance and longing. Also included in the back are several French recipes and Jean Perdu's "Emergency Literary Pharmacy", which add a fun and interesting touch to the story. This is the perfect book to spend reading over the weekend while tucked under blankets with a cup of coffee and a baguette. It transports you seamlessly to another country and you'll find yourself longing for Paris long after you read the last page. I highly recommend this one.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.