Book lovers from near and far know that the best medicine is great literature. Having a “literary pharmacist” to turn to is a plus. That’s where Monsieur Perdu comes in. Perdu considers himself the literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, Perdu prescribes particular books for times of hardships. He knows how to mend broken hearts and souls with the right books for his customers. Although he knows how to heal others, Perdu can’t seem to heal himself through literature.
After 20 years since his true love vanished from his life, Perdu is left with his grief, regrets, and the unopened letter his love left him. When he’s finally ready to read the letter, he drops everything and heads out on a mission south of France, in hopes he’ll finally be able to make peace with his loss and to be happy again. Accompanying him on his journey is Max Jordan, a bestselling author who also is battling his personal demons, and Salvo Cuneo, a lovelorn Italian chef who also is searching for his happiness.
This book is definitely worth the read. The writing, itself, was excellent. What I liked was that, after 20 years of grief, Perdu realizes he’s had enough of staying within his comfort zone and just takes off. He was tired of feeling sorry for himself, blaming himself, and letting life pass him by. He was finally able to see parts of the world of which he never dreamed. He realized, while he could still show the literary world the power of books, it wasn’t too late to help himself.
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About the author: Nina George is a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher. She also writes science thrillers, novels, feature articles, short stories, and columns. The Little Paris Bookshop was on the bestseller lists in Germany for more than a year, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands. George is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg and in Brittany, France.
FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.