The Little Paris Bookshop – Review
Having not long come back from Paris and having found myself in Paris, I was trying to cling on to the feeling. I had downloaded samples of several books to my Kindle around the time I got back home and The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George was one of the few I had decided I wanted to keep reading.
I love books. I love feeling the paper between my fingers, snuggling down under a blanket, the fire on, and a glass of red wine or sherry. In the summer I’d be feet up sipping a cocktail of some sort. However, most of my reading is now done using my Kindle, tucked up in bed, whilst having a night of insomnia. Not so picturesque, I’m afraid. But I have one rule, I have an e-book budget and that is it has to cost under £5. The idea of paying for digital anything goes against my beliefs. It’s not a physical object and therefore paying for it seems a bit ridiculous.
One night I curled up to read the sample and decided I absolutely needed to read it. However, The Little Paris Bookshop was over £8. For that I’d want a hard copy and a digital copy. After a few months of checking to see if The Little Paris Bookshop would come down in price and being disappointed, I decided to order it from my local library – please don’t forget your local libraries, they are a resource that shouldn’t be forgotten. A few weeks went by and finally, after several other people who had reserved it before me, I had it in my hands. I read and read and read.
The Little Paris Bookshop had an endearing opening. It made you want to continue reading and has the effortless language that ‘best sellers’ seem to have. By effortless I mean the author uses words and language tight and available to all levels of readers. It flows well and there is very little repetition of language, except towards 2/3rdsof the way through when, for example, Jean Perdu, the protagonist, places wet towels on his head to keep himself cool in the heat of the sun, when he arrives in Sanary. We learn he does this on a couple of occasions.
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