The Little Paris Bookshop Review
By Alexis Mercer
Nina George writes a delightful tale of the adventure of a man named Jean Perdu in The Little Paris Bookshop. He spent years of his life in deep grief from the loss of his mistress and love of his life, a woman Perdu calls Manon. His life’s work since his loss has been creating and operating a floating bookstore on a barge on the Seine river.
One day, after finding a letter from his beloved from all those years ago, he releases the bookstore from shore in a rash decision to float to the area where Manon lived. He ends up with a companion, a young author, Max, who has come upon great fame with his recently published novel, but who is lost and unable to find inspiration for a new book and is buckling under the self-imposed pressure.
Max and Jean, an unlikely pair, take off on the literary barge and learn about themselves, each other, and what it means to really live. Upon arriving at the childhood home of Manon, both men discover more of what life is all about, with surprising twists in the tale until the very end.
The Little Paris Bookshop is a delightful read. One that will keep you up at night to read “just one more chapter.” Despite its insightful messages and views on the meaning of life, it is light hearted and humorous throughout. This book is perfect for getting lost in a wonderful tale while on a road trip or sitting on your porch with a fresh mug of coffee.
"...you have to travel south by water to find answers to your dreams. He says too that you find yourself again there, but only if you get lost on the way - completely lost. Through love. Through longing. Through fear." -The Little Paris Bookshop
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