The Book Mark

Books that make the grade.

The Little Paris Bookshop

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The Little Paris Bookshop (C)  by Nina George began with a bang and ended with a whimper.

The idea of a floating bookshop that sells books as a pharmacy fills prescriptions (prescribing books for what ails you) was extremely interesting. However, the idea is short lived. Jean Perdu’s broken heart is what drives the story. One day the woman he loves disappears. She leaves him a letter but thinking the worst; he never opens it. When he does; it’s 20 years later and he discovers that the letter was beckoning him to her deathbed. Over the next 300 pages, the floating bookshop (along with a cast of characters) becomes mobile traveling the French waterways attempting to reach his dead girlfriend to say he’s sorry.

This book reminded we of two others that I have recently read, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Having disliked the first and loving the second, The Little Paris Bookshop fell into the middle. I neither liked nor disliked the book, however, I’d have to admit to being greatly disappointed. The book just rambled along. I became impatient and couldn’t wait for it to wrap up.

Thank you, Blogging for Books for providing me with the book for review, I sincerely wish I had enjoyed it more.

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