Title: The Little Paris Bookshop
Published Date:June 23rd 2015
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
I would like to thank Blogging For Books for providing me with an copy in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
“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.
I am going to start this review off with what I wasn’t fond; I would like to leave off on a good note as this book really is charming.
Despite the wonderful and heart wrenching beginning; the middle of this book was pretty drawn out, and unfortunately didn’t real me in. Most of it I felt wasn’t really even necessary, especially considering it did little to further the story.
I was annoyed with how much was based solely around this romance that left Perdu in a fog for 20 years. I mean it was seriously getting old for me. Than we start getting snippets of Manons pov through her Diary…and I can’t say I liked her all that much. She started out seemingly very selfish, especially considering how much pain she has so far caused. It wasn’t very long before Perdu even began to loose his charm. The woe-be-gone lover started to get pretty repetitive, honestly.
It wasn’t until the last few chapters (honestly I think the entire middle could have been left out, except Samy–I loved her!) that I really got back to that charmed feeling I had in the beginning. I even began to see Manon in a new light. She is beyond brave and my heart breaks for all involved in this tiny drama. The ending was sweet, and I can’t imagine that it could end any better than it did.