I really didn’t see this book coming. This book is love, pain, losing yourself, finding yourself, happiness, and makes you wonder if you’re doing everything you can to get the most out of life. And it makes you feel like you absolutely must cruise a boat down a river in France.
Jean is the proud owner of a bookstore-on-a-barge on the Seine in Paris. He is sure to keep his life absolutely sense-free to keep himself from thinking of his lost love, Manon. We find out that she mailed him a letter after she left, and instead of reading the usual excuses from a lover who has left you that Jean was sure he would find, he left it unopened for 21 years. What he finds when he does open it causes him to leave immediately, in his book barge, for the south of France.
But The Little Paris Bookshop is so much more than that. So many people find themselves throughout the course of this book that you can’t help but find a little of yourself as well. It is what I am beginning to call a French Fairy Tale; it doesn’t have magic in the traditional sense but every single chapter, scene, and word is fulled with the magic of being alive. Nina George is amazing; do yourself a favor and read this book!