S Y N O P S I S
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.
R E V I E W
A literary apothecary, a book pharmacist and the romantic setting of Paris had me putting aside current readings to set sail on a completely new adventure. I’ve never traveled to France so my initial thought was to visit the country in the most economical way possible, via hardcover. I immediately felt the culture shock of the setting and found it difficult to connect with. I read words, locations, and expressions that I had no prior knowledge of but pressed through to learn what exactly a literary pharmacist looked like.
The heartbroken protagonist, Jean Perdu, spends his time aboard his book barge guiding customers in selecting books depending on their current situation in life. He knows which books will bring comfort and which ones will do more harm than good. I thought this was a brilliant concept that could’ve been elaborated on in the story (there’s an apothecary reference guide in the back of the book that eased this disappointment).
“Reading – an endless journey; a long, indeed never-ending journey that made one more temperate as well as more loving and kind.”
Jean’s journey south is where the book picked up for me. The adventure brought many smiles, laughs, and ultimately tears. The final journal entry from his first love’s traveling journal left mascara under my eyes and a sadness in my heart. The book is warm, full of discreet romance and oozes deep love. The kind of love that marks you and changes your entire life. I recommend this read to anyone who needs a getaway without leaving the comfort of their bed and/or longs for all the feelings that love entails.
“And women are the smart ones, because they didn’t oppose feelings and thinking, and loved without limits – yes, he knew that in his gut.”
R A T I N G
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review