The Little Village of Book Lovers

Books on Tape. Jul. 2023. 7:13 hrs. ISBN 9780593740118. $66.50. F
George (The Book of Dreams) brings to fruition the previously fictitious novel that inspired Monsieur Perdu’s floating bookshop in her best-selling The Little Paris Bookshop. After being accidentally touched by Love as an infant, Marie-Jeanne gained the remarkable ability to see others’ “southern lights,” the streams of light that connect soulmates. Traveling the French countryside with her foster father and his mobile library, Marie-Jeanne watches him match people to books as she matches people to each other. Eventually, however, she realizes that the gift that allows her to see love in others may be keeping her from recognizing her own match. George’s moving, magical relationship novel is full of pain and promise. Narrator Mary Jane Wells gives an enchanting performance with a wide range of accents and emotions; her presentation of the heartwarming narrative is not to be missed. Steve West is equally engaging in his brief prologue appearance, reprising his role from Bookshop.
VERDICT Will appeal to listeners seeking an atmospheric, magical realism/relationship fiction mash-up. Recommended for fans of Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Rebecca Serle, and Sarah Jost.
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