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.
The setting was interesting; who wouldn't want to visit a floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine? The language and writing style was excellent offering many beautiful quotes. I wanted to read a book about books but sadly, it ended up being a romantic tale that was a little slow moving for my taste.
I was provided with a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.