Monsieur Perdu is good at reading people. Observant and insightful, he's not afraid to tell a customer exactly which book to read, even if it's not what the customer is looking for. His book “prescriptions” bring healing, strength, comfort, tears, or whatever the person needs at that stage of life. It would seem the only person he cannot mend is himself. The love of his life left him twenty years ago and he's never gotten over the deep loss.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is an international bestseller and I expected to be impressed. I wasn't blown away by the first few chapters, but I noted and liked the character development of Monsieur Perdu. The quirky supporting characters and charming setting promised humor and entertainment.
Unfortunately, I only read the first few chapters and a chapter or two towards the end. I was uncomfortable with the sexual innuendos/content, but I also didn't care for the profanity and the lifestyle/culture where having more than one lover seems to be completely acceptable. I know such things will seem thoroughly outdated to some, but it's my preference. Had I known the novel would contain such content, I wouldn't have requested it for review. Normally with such a book, I wouldn't even post a review as I feel it's unfair to the novel/author to criticize such things when the author is writing for a mainstream audience of which I am not a member. However, I am required to write a review and so I have given my thoughts on the novel.
I give three stars because what I read seemed to be well-written and it's probably an entertaining book, just not for me.
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