The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George book review

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The Little Paris Bookshop became a bestseller in Germany in 2013 and has been translated into more than 27 languages.  The English translation is due for publishing by Little Brown Book Group UK on the 23rd April 2015.

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Product Details (as per amazon page)

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a ‘literary apothecary’, for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers.

The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust – until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.

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I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

This is a stunningly, beautiful book of lost love, grief, new friends, hope of new beginnings and new love.  And of course, the love of books.

Jean Perdu is a unique bookseller.  He sees into the souls of people and prescribes books that will heal them from his beloved restored barge.  He keeps the barge moored on the River Seine, Paris.  However, Jean is hurting and has been for a long time.  In a whim he decides to untether his boat and set sail to find the cure for his own hurt.  He gains some wonderful, character filled passengers along the way.  Jean and his new friends have a memorable journey travelling along the canals in France, all searching for something to help them move on in life.  They have  adventures, some very funny on the way.

The author, Nina George, was so poetic in her writing, it was beautiful. I could see and almost smell the herbs and blossoms she was describing. I could also feel the emotions each character was portraying.  This book will stay with me for a long time.  It’s heart breaking but uplifting, it’s humour is sensitive to the nature of the characters and storyline.  The novel almost felt like a true story.

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Nina George has written some wonderful words in this book, here is a snippet of one of my favourites:

quote the little bookshop in paris