[541]: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Crown | Hardcover, 400 pp. | June 23rd, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

The Quick and Dirty

Bookshop owner Jean Perdu has hidden himself from the world ever since his lover left him many years ago. All that was left of her was an unopened letter to remind him that she existed. His bookshop is a barge moored on the Seine. He calls it, The Literary Apothecary. He prescribes books to people with mental and emotional ailments. Ailments that can’t be named, and for which no medical doctrine can cure.

When he finally found the courage to read the letter, it will set off the proverbial ire to get him to find himself. Because in as much as Perdu is an expert at helping cure people, he can’t seem to find the cure for himself. Along with a successful French author suffering from a debilitating writer’s block, they unmoored the barge to find themselves.


When I started reading this book, I must admit that I immediately drew comparisons to another character with the same occupation as Perdu. I was already recommending it to those who loved AJ Fikry. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon because that’s where their similarities ended.

The Little Paris Bookshop is an ode to the healing quality of books. Perdu has the odd ability of seeing through people, mostly his customers. For him, books are written for specific people at any given situations of their lives. So if one is feeling a little battered with the seemingly endless failed relationships they’ve been having, he won’t necessarily give them a book about how to get over a heartache. He’ll give them a book about how to truly understand themselves.

This book is also about chasing the ghost of his one true love. The one who left him a letter explaining why she left. In truth, readers will be hit hard as soon as they realize the severity of his non-action. Even more heartbreaking that the reason of why she left, to be honest.

Very few books can truly explain why reading a book can be the best panacea for a bad day, or a heartbreak. I’m not talking about non-fiction self-help books. I’m talking about reading another person’s story that we connect with on a different level. I’m having a bit of a hard time explaining myself. But I believe this book is one of those that  you have to read to understand.


  • This sounds like an interesting read Joy. I am intrigued about him chasing his old love…

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Your picture is gorgeous Joy. <3 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this book. So glad that you liked it a whole lot 🙂 It seems pretty amazing 😀 Not my thing just yet, but one day, I hope. <3

  • I am curious about this one. I think I would enjoy this book more as an audiobbok, however 🙂

  • I read this and I did enjoy parts of it. There were just some parts in the middle that dragged too much, I think. I am glad you enjoyed it though.

  • this sounds like a nice read. I like how it emphasizes on the inspirational aspect of books. I really hope I’ll see this in local bookstores. I’ll it to my tbr list for now 😀

  • lornak99

    To be honest, this is not a book I would even try to read. Having said that, I probably would like it in the end.

  • Good to hear that character developed into someone different than similiarities to the other and it was emotional

  • This book sounds like a completely beautiful, relaxing and healing read Joy! Sometimes we read book for the deeper meaning, and it sounds like you found it here.

  • Hello. Seems like a nice read indeed.

  • Lauren Becker

    Lovely review, and I’m glad it worked so well for you. I like the idea of books being able to heal things that nothing else can. I do believe that books can have a healing quality. Thanks for sharing!


  • I LOVE this cover, Joy! I do like the idea of books being the cure for what ails. I agree, that there have been many stories I’ve bonded to because of similar situations and heartbreak, It has been very cathartic at times.

    I’m hoping there was a happy ending here. Maybe a new romance or hope for one for Perdu? Wonderful review! 🙂

  • I missed this because of my vacation. I intended to read this last week but Harry Potter took up much of my time instead. I love the idea of this book, I’m sure I’ll connect with this on a different level because I love books. I think this is a must-read for all bookworms.

  • oooohhh this one sounds interested! Glad you pick this one and read it Joy.

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I love the sound of this book! I might try it as soon as I get over of All the Bight Places. Lovely review, Joy! 🙂

  • This sounds absolutely lovely Joy, really heart felt and something readers can latch onto for comfort almost. I couldn’t agree more about the healing of books. Even fictional books through it’s characters can make you feel as though you’re not alone and that whatever your feeling is understood. That cover is absolutely stunning as well. Incredible review Joy, I’m completely sold <3

  • Love the whole concept of this one Joy! I can’t tell you how often picking up one of my favorite books has helped me when I was having a bad day. There’s nothing better than escaping reality for a little while, and I love that Perdu knows which books were meant for which people at just the right time:)

  • Ro

    While I know I shouldn’t focus on the cover, something about it soothes me, and the premise of the story sounds quite unique and interesting. I always enjoy a novel with a message and something new for me to learn. Great review! Hugs…Ro

  • This does sound really interesting and I love how different it is as well and how much it surprised you, great review!

  • I didn’t know this one but even the cover is really cute. The story sounds really nice to discover and I confess that I’m quite intrigued. Thanks for the discovery!

  • Christy

    How interesting! I was ready to shrug this book off, but now I’m really curious.

  • I am a bit unsure now, what if I am in the wrong mood and gets heartbreak?