A lovely bookish novel you won't want to miss. Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop is going to be everyone's favorite summer read.
What's It About? Jean Perdu, owner of a bookstore barge docked in Paris on the Seine, can prescribe a book for whatever is ailing his customers. He just can't seem to heal himself. When a new friend insists he read a decades-old letter from his former lover, Perdu impulsively unanchors his barge to seek answers in the south of France. Swept up for the ride are a young French author who has run out of ideas and a lonely Italian chef.
What I Loved. The Little Paris Bookshop is a book lover's book, filled with fun literary references from both contemporary and classic reads. I loved Perdu's gift for discerning his patrons' problems and then finding just the right book to help them. I was caught up in the developing friendships among the three men on the barge and their adventures on the river. I loved the perfect mix of humor and poignancy and especially the blossoming of Perdu.
Recommendation. I found Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop to be utterly charming and emotionally strong. Yes, the general plot may be predictable and light, but the French setting, the backdrop of books, and the vulnerable Perdu will win you over. Open your heart to love and possibilities, and who knows what can happen.
Audiobook. The unabridged audiobook (Random House Audio; 10 hr, 55 min) has three narrators. Steve West, who is the primary performer, reads the narrative in his native British accent, reserving his well-rendered French accent for the dialogue. As I said in AudioFile magazine, this was a wise choice that provides the right atmosphere without overwhelming the listener. Emma Bering and Cassandra Campbell had minor parts in this highly recommended audiobook.
Published by Penguin Random House / Crown Publishing, 2015
Source: Review--audiobook (see review policy)
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