“Time. It runs the rough edges that hurt us smooth.”
I had seen this book around for a while, so when I won it in a giveaway on Instagram I was super excited to get stuck in to it!
The book follows Monsieur Perdu, owner of The Literary Apothecary, a bookshop housed on a floating barge, and ‘book pharmacist’ extraordinaire. With just a few questions, Perdu can prescribe a book to soothe anyone’s soul, something I wish someone could do for me (I mean, it is pretty incredible!). Unfortunately, still heartbroken after his great love left him with just a letter, Perdu is yet to find a book to soothe his own troubled heart. The letter remains unopened, shut away in a boarded-up room of his apartment for decades. Until now…
Upon reading the letter, Perdu hauls off the anchor on his barge and sets a course through the French rivers to visit his old love’s home, taking us on a heart-warming tour of small towns, gorgeous personalities, and delicious Italian food.
I cannot stress enough how beautiful I found this novel. It won’t be the most gripping book you read this year, but it’s such a warm novel and the focus on loss and grieving told through a gorgeous and eclectic cast of characters made my soul happy.
Reading this book, I could feel myself being transported to the lazy French rivers and sleepy towns along the way that are somehow still full of life. But it’s the people who really make this book as fantastic as it is, and Nina George has done an incredible job of sketching each personality slightly differently and highlighting the different ways we choose to process love and loss (in their many forms).
I’ll leave you with another quote from the book that really stuck with me:
“We carry them all inside us, all our dead and shattered loves…All the love, all the dead, all the people we’ve known. They are the rivers that feed our sea of souls.”
Rating: If you’re a reader who needs a fast-paced plot this probably won’t be for you, but if you’re more of an emotional reader I’d highly recommend picking this lovely novel up.