Paris By The Book by Liam Callanan book review

 

paris by the book

Paris by the Book written by Liam Callanan, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2JuodJE

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Some stories are still waiting to be found.
In a city of millions, it’s easy to lose someone…
Twelve weeks before Leah Eady arrived in France, her husband disappeared. Early one morning, he walked out the door and never came back. All he left behind was a scrumpled note in a cereal box, leading her to the bustling streets of Paris.
Once she arrives, she discovers a mysterious unfinished manuscript written by her husband, and set in the very same city. Hoping to uncover more clues, Leah takes over a crumbling bookshop with her two young daughters, only to realise that he might just be closer than any of them ever imagined…
…but what if he doesn’t want to be found?

 

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

When clues to her husband’s disappearance leads to Paris, Leah with her two daughter’s Ellie and Daphne decide to take their lives and move temporarily to France.  With their love of the fictional character Madeline and the book The Red Balloon, Leah and her girls had witnessed through the pages of their beloved stories many areas of the city and now at last they could walk these sights that had so often appeared on a page.  Wherever, they went they hoped to come across Robert the husband and father.

The girls soon adapted to this new Parisian lifestyle and were learning fast but behind their smiles was a sadness.  For all the encouragement of a new temporary life in Paris Leah could only achieve so much brightness in to her daughter’s lives.  There was an ever present cloud hanging over them, or a shadow or an imagined sighting.

Leah and Robert found each other through the love of books and then lost each other with their hearts and souls etched out between the pages.  Will these same pages bring Leah and Robert back together?

Walking through the streets of Paris with the characters that the author Liam Callanan had created was quite captivating and I loved hearing about the significance of different sights that related to stories set in Paris.  This part of the story made me envious and I wanted to open the pages of these books and take my own literal steps.

I did find the story a little slow to start and there was a certain melancholy about it.  But I felt an overall feeling of strength, of hope and of belief.  By the end I was overcome with emotion and was still full of hope for this young American family struggling with loss, grief and the uncertainty of new beginnings.  A book for lovers, a book for admirers of Paris and a book for literary fans.

To learn more about the author Liam Callanan please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.liamcallanan.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/liamcallanan

 

 

 

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