Title: The Red Notebook
Author: Antoine Laurain
Publisher: Gallic Books
Published Date: April 14th, 2015
Genre: General Fiction(Adult)
Rating: 4 Stars
I received this ebook from Netgalley and the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Netgalley)
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
I requested the book, because I love the French, and I love books, so this felt like something I would love. It was!!
Now I don’t know much about actual French authors, so I felt a little lost at sea with the many French authors names and books mentioned…but that’s okay because it was actually just a tiny point to the story.
This is one of those stories that is perfect as a short story, any longer and the plot would fizzle; but at the same time too short to really get a good feel for the characters. However, though you don’t get as close to the characters, or delve too much into the nitty gritty of who they are, it is still easy to root for them!
Laure is just outside her home when she accosted and mugged. Not only does she loose her purse with everything inside it, money, identification, keys; but she also gets a major wound to the head. After managing to convince the hotel across the street to give her a room for the night she end up falling asleep and (SPOILER J).
Laurent, is a bookshop owner who happens upon her purse the next day. He ends up vowing to find her and return it to her, despite only a first name to go on. He becomes enamored of the little mystery and the woman who goes along with it.
This is a very cute, very short, very endearing little romance story. I really loved it, and I loved all the characters.
I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author!