Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Little Paris Bookshop

Manon... He can't even bring himself to say it. It's too painful, too many memories, so much regret. It's been twenty years and he still hears her, feels her, yearns for her. But when suddenly he is forced to face the truth, in a letter she'd left for him all those years ago, Jean Perdu has a choice, does he carry on never feeling never seeing, never really experiencing life? Or does he have the power to change and finally live the life he has been ignoring. Pulling up anchor and Leaving behind the "literary apothecary" title he so deservedly earned aboard his floating bookshop, Perdu goes off in search of himself. And not alone, as his neighbor and current best selling author jumps ship just as he taking off. Together these two will meet other lifelong friends, they'll cry together, they'll tango, they'll see the man they've been trying to unmask. Real, honest, heartwarming, take a trip down then Seine with a wonderful cast of characters and see France in all its splendor! I haven't quite decided how I feel about this book. I'm a pretty big fan of anything French, especially a novel! so I was pretty excited to receive this book. What I can say without a doubt, the author can tell a story. Her writing very easily pulls you in, her characters are very eclectic and endearing and and the story lines unexpected and delightful. Her observation of human emotion is very keen and transparent. I dashed through this book! I only say I'm not quite perhaps because I can't quite relate to the main character, although I believe there are millions who have done just what he has. The book had a melancholic feel throughout, such as life sometimes does. But entwined it with its and glimmers of hope with stories that ended better than you expected. There was a time towards the end that I found myself reading a little faster, thinking maybe I was ready for or the conclusion already. Overall, very well written and I'd love to see what else this author will turn out. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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