08 June 2015

Bullet Review: Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina GeorgeA 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
ISBN-13: 9780553418774
Source: Review--audiobook (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)


bermudaonion 6/8/15, 9:16 AM  

This sounds like a delightful read. I listened to the audio clip and it is terrific!

Katherine P 6/8/15, 10:22 AM  

This sounds lovely! I have this one but had kind of forgotten about it. I'm a bit restless book-wise right now but this sounds like a perfect read.

rhapsodyinbooks 6/8/15, 10:40 AM  

This sounds great! How did I not know about this one?!!!

Unknown 6/8/15, 11:16 AM  

I keep reading good reviews on this one. I've got to get it at the library.

Anonymous,  6/8/15, 12:36 PM  

This puts me in mind of Chocolat, but with books. What a lovely-sounding summer read. Thank you.

Daryl 6/8/15, 1:26 PM  

while to my cuppa, i do know someone who will love it . thanks!

Bonnie 6/8/15, 5:02 PM  

I love most things Paris related and have a copy of this book. I'm looking forward to reading it and glad to hear you recommend it.

jama 6/8/15, 9:54 PM  

Adding this to my TBR list right away! Thanks for the rec!

jama 6/8/15, 9:54 PM  

Adding this to my TBR list right away! Thanks for the rec!

Anonymous,  6/8/15, 11:21 PM  

Perdu means lost in French. Looks like he takes this journey to find himself. :-) Thanks for another book to add to my list. This is very different from my other francophile books.

Eustacia Tan 6/10/15, 5:13 AM  

Oooh, I just saw this on another blog! It sounds like a really great book!

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