Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that's how I sell books.”
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.

My thoughts- 

I was initially drawn to this book by the beautiful cover. It is also pretty much guaranteed that if Paris or bookshop is in the title , I will be clamoring to get inside of the cover and see what the story is. The Little Paris Bookshop in theory is pretty much everything I look for in a book, but for some reason I just could not get into the book. I can sympathize somewhat with Monsieur Perdu and that kept me coming back to see what would happen in the story, but I don't know if the book was just too slow or it was just not written in a style that I am just not into. I wanted to like this book so much, but I just didn't find anything I wanted to read about- not enough Paris, not enough bookshop and too much filler. This one just wasn't for me.

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