The Little Village of Book Lovers

The Little Village of Book Lovers

A Novel

About the Book

A young woman with the extraordinary power to bring soulmates together searches for her own true love in this tender, lyrical standalone novel inspired by the “bona fide international hit” (The New York Times Book Review) The Little Paris Bookshop

In Nina George’s New York Times bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop, beloved literary apothecary Jean Perdu is inspired to create a floating bookstore after reading a seminal pseudonymous novel about a young woman with a remarkable gift. The Little Village of Book Lovers is that novel.

“Everyone knows me, but none can see me. I’m that thing you call love.”

In a little town in the south of France in the 1960s, a dazzling encounter with Love itself changes the life of infant orphan Marie-Jeanne forever.

As a girl, Marie-Jeanne realizes that she can see the marks Love has left on the people around her—tiny glowing lights on the faces and hands that shimmer more brightly when the one meant for them is near. Before long, Marie-Jeanne is playing matchmaker, bringing true loves together in her village.

As she grows up, Marie-Jeanne helps her foster father, Francis, begin a mobile library that travels throughout the many small mountain towns in the region of Nyons. She finds herself bringing soulmates together every place they go—and there are always books that play a pivotal role in that quest. However, the only person that Marie-Jeanne can’t seem to find a soulmate for is herself. She has no glow of her own, though she waits and waits for it to appear. Everyone must have a soulmate, surely—but will Marie-Jeanne be able to recognize hers when Love finally comes her way?
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Praise for The Little Village of Book Lovers

Praise for the New York Times bestselling novel The Little Paris Bookshop

“[A] bona fide international hit.”The New York Times Book Review

“If you’re looking to be charmed right out of your own life for a few hours, sit down with this wise and winsome novel. . . . Everything happens just as you want it to. . . . from poignant moments to crystalline insights in exactly the right measure.”Oprah Daily online

“Uplifting . . . This one will make you happy.”The Independent

“The settings are ideal for a summer-romance read. . . . Who can resist floating on a barge through France surrounded by books, wine, love, and great conversation?”The Christian Science Monitor

“Booklovers here [will] struggle with the age-old dilemma: to race through each page to see what happens next or savor each deliciously enticing phrase. Do both; if ever a book was meant to be read over and over, this gem is it.”Library Journal (starred review)

“A beautiful story of grief, companionship, forgiveness and building a life worth living . . . A vulnerable, relatable tale of great love and loss, missed opportunities and moving on, The Little Paris Bookshop is, like the books its main characters recommends, medicine for the wounded soul.”BookPage

“There’s a special category of books that appeal most strongly to people who just plain love to read. . . . The Little Paris Bookshop is the kind of book that readers might not know they needed or wanted until they picked it up—meaning that George herself is doing exactly the same kind of work as Jean Perdu on his floating literary apothecary.”Bookreporter

“An enchantment . . . Set in a floating barge along the Seine, this love letter to books—and to the complicated, sometimes broken people who are healed by them—is the next best thing to booking a trip to France.”—Sarah Pekkanen, author of Catching Air and The Perfect Neighbors
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About the Author

Nina George
Nina George is the author of The Little Paris Bookshop, The Little French Bistro, and The Book of Dreams. The Little Paris Bookshop spent more than forty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was translated into thirty-six languages. George is president of the European Writers’ Council. She is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer. Together they also write mystery novels and children’s books. Nina George lives in Berlin and in a little fishing village in the Brittany. More by Nina George
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