Synopsis from PenguinRandomHouse.com
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.
I love the idea of this book. A bookshop on a barge in which the book seller recommends books based on your personality, your mood and what you want out of the book. The glorious simplicity of the moving bookshop juxtaposed with the minute details that the books seller must know about each book is wonderful. I really wanted to like this novel much more than I did. I felt it dragged on a bit in some areas. When the plot lined developed in parts, it moved quickly and efficiently, but in others, I was bored.
I loved the characters, and their uniqueness really left an imprint on the story. I am not too sure what it was that turned me off exactly. The love story was both sad and frustrating. A woman who is already involved with another man, soon to be his wife, enters into a romantic relationship with another man and then one day leaves him. Another man is so quirky and silly that it is almost absurd until you get more of his background towards the end of the story.
I just wish the story itself was more concise with the backstories told closer to the beginning. It was ok but not what I expected.
“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”
I gave this 3.5 crowns.