“Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some…well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful void. Like a short, torrid love affair.” ~Jean Perdu (in Nina George’s novel, The Little Paris Bookshop)
Whimsical. Say it with me, Dear Bloggites, Whimsical. This one word wraps up the feel of the book, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I enjoyed the ‘feel’ of this book the entire time I was reading it. Whimsical describes all aspects of this book, from the cover style of the book to the various characters found within the pages. The storyline exudes a fun, light-hearted whimsy feel throughout.
I must apologize for being so delayed on my book reviews, Dear Bloggites. Life tends to get in the way of my chances to read thus delaying my reviews until now. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George was the book club’s pick for October, 2015. One of the ladies in the group picked this book simply because of the name and nothing else, so we book club members did not know what to expect. The lack of knowledge on the book and the author could have gone two different ways: pleasant surprise or torturous read.
I am glad to announce this book was a pleasant surprise for me. The storyline is about a man, Jean Perdu, who owns a boat filled with books that he sells to different people after listening to what ails their hearts and minds. The Literary Apothecary (as Jean Perdu named his boat) is meant to help people deal with life issues they are facing by reading the ‘prescribed’ book suggested to them by Perdu. Even though Perdu uses his books and boat to help others, he does not take the proverbial medicine he is dishing out.
Jean Perdu had his love of a lifetime walk out on him many years ago with no word as to why she left except for a letter he refused to read…until now. Once Jean brings himself to read the letter, he decides to set sail to the homeland of his love who left him. On the journey, he is joined by a reclusive writer and a hot-tempered chef. Throughout the book, Nina George gives you a nice, descriptive narrative that allows the reader to envision the journey Perdu is on with his unlikely friends.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is a fun, light-hearted read but does drag in some places. I enjoyed to storyline and style of writing (third person-YaY!) and was able to relate to the various characters in the book. Although I did not feel like I was 100% invested in each character’s life, I was able to enjoy the different personalities I read about and traveled with throughout the book. 😀
I give The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 3 out of 5 Bookmarks. If you enjoy a light-hearted, feel good storyline, this book is for you, Dear Bloggites.
Happy Reading until next time!