Book Review : The Little Paris Bookshop

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Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop – I was intrigued with the concept of The Little Paris Bookshop but parts were terribly boring and dragged on and I struggled to get through the latter half of the book. Final Vote: Great for bookworms who love to read and write but for casual readers SKIP. 

Amazon Description:
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.


After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.


Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.

The beginning of The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George describes the concept of the book barge whose seller provides cures for whatever ails you via book recommendations.  Monsieur Perdu is a bookseller that has transformed an old barge docked on the Seine in Paris into his literary apothecary.  Monsieur Perdu has the ability to choose the perfect book for each customer.  He also has no problem telling a customer when a book they want is not the right book for them. (Where can i find a Monsieur Perdu to recommend me books??)

I was intrigued by Monsieur Perdu’s story and the uniqueness of the concept. However, the journey on the barge dragged on and it lost the spark for me. I forced myself to continue reading to the end and was glad that I did.

Without giving anything away, the last chapters with the insights on love, loss, grief, and rebirth turned the story around enough for me to up my rating to 3.5 Stars. 


The Little Paris Bookshop is available on Amazon, here.

*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.