Nina George's novel won me over as soon as the main character's novel prescriptions began. The Little Paris Bookshop's protagonist, the empathetic and impassioned Monsieur Perdu, treats books as medicine for all of the endless emotions, small and large, that he identifies. The book's descriptions of all characters and their afflictions are full of creativity and insight. The prose is well considered and the setting (Paris, then a barge floating throughout France) is romantic.
The trouble with Monsier Perdu is that he can't find a book to cure his heartbreak over his love from 20 years ago. I was less interested in the romance than in the wisdom that the characters share throughout their interactions. For readers who love reading about love, this is a great choice. For readers who love reading about books, this is a great choice.
It's similar to Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog.