Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop
Hello everyone! This book review is coming a teeny tiny bit late, as I usually like to post them before the new month has arrived. However, with the Easter holiday things got a little busy & I wasn’t able to devote as much time to writing this up until now. With all that being said I am very excited to share my thoughts on The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George!
“Enchanting… George is a lyrical writer whose beautiful, sensory language and imagery enhance this adventurous, moving narrative.” –Shelf Awareness
The Little Paris Bookshop written by Nina George has been on various bestseller lists for more than a year! If that doesn’t say enough about this marvelous book, then I don’t know what does. Published originally in Germany in 2013, and then translated to English in 2015, Nina George delivers a spectacular story of the healing magic of books, exploring the great unknown, learning how to heal old wounds, and allowing oneself to enjoy all aspects of live, no matter what your age.
If you are not familiar with Nina George, as I wasn’t prior to starting this novel, you will soon be wondering why. This is because Nina George is an incredibly talented & proven writer. Where to begin with her long list of literary accomplishments? George is a prize-winning, bestselling author, and freelance journalist since 1992. She has published 26 books, of various genres including romance, mystery, nonfiction, & more. In addition, George has written over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns.
The Little Paris Bookshop is the novel that propelled Nina George into the international scene and after reading this book, you can easily see why!
“A bona fide international hit.” –New York Times Book Review
The story revolves around Jean Perdu, a self proclaimed literary apothecary. He runs a bookstore that floats on a barge in the Seine. It is there where he prescribes books to all sorts of people, friends & strangers alike to cure what ails them. Perdu is an avid reader who strongly believes in the power words hold.
Perdu is a lonely man though, who has been dealing with an intense heartbreak of his own for many, many years. After certain events put him face to face with a harsh reality he has avoid, Perdu’s life takes quite a few unexpected turns. The Little Paris Bookshop takes you along for the journey of Perdu’s own healing, his awakening, & more!
This book is full of such rich descriptions of every aspect of life. When reading this novel I felt as if I was tasting what the characters were tasting, I was see what the characters were seeing, feeling what they felt, and more. It was as if I was right in the middle of this amazingly beautiful world that George had created and I had the opportunity to soak it all in!
I think that is what makes this book so wonderful, is the fantastic job George did of really transporting the reader into her world. You get lost in this book! Page after page, chapter after chapter, you won’t realize how many hours have passed because you literally lost track of time while floating down the river with Jean & his comrades.
I will warn you, I cried my eyes out, multiple times while reading this book. The first half of the novel I read on a plane, semi-late in the evening and I felt so bad for the person next to me, because I was a complete & total mess! This book is full of love, adventure, and beauty, but it also comes with some gut-renching realizations & heartbreak. The Little Paris Bookshop is an absolute treat, but do be warned that it’s a tear-jerker.
Hmm, now on to criticism… Honestly, this is tough. I really don’t know if I have anything to add.
The Little Paris Bookshop was just one of those books that gave you a little bit of everything. The plot was enjoyable, the characters were refreshing, & the details were engrossing. I read this book so quickly, that at about three-fourth’s of the way through I stopped reading it. I put it down and didn’t touch it for over a week, because I did not want this book to end. If anyone has had that experience then you’ll know what I mean.
Point is, if you are looking for a charming story that will take you through Paris, and leave you bursting full of emotion (both happy & sad) then this book is for you. I highly, highly doubt that you will regret it!
Cheers & stay chic!