“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Have you ever read a book that crept inside of your chest and cradled your heart in it’s pages? This book has done this for me. It’s blown a gentle breeze across my heart.
Perdu is French for lost, and Perdu is just that lost. He is on a quest to not only heal himself but to find release from his demons with the one person who shouldn’t by right help him. This story starts as one thing and morphs into another. There are a lot of damaged people in this book and the quest that Perdu takes them on is not only for him but as much for them as well. I felt as if I took that journey with Perdu and the details of the trip along Frances rivers were brought alive by the author who did a stunning job in the details. Perdu slowly changes and grows as the story progresses and again, it becomes more.
The story she wove is one of delicacy and of strength. This is a beautiful book, one that took me deep into it and made me fall in love with it. I can’t explain why only that it did. If you want a book to refresh you heart and soul, then this is the book for you!
Book provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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