The Little Paris Bookshop – A Review

*I was provided a copy of this book free of charge in return for my honest review. The following opinions are my own*

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George has a great summary on the back and an eye catching cover. However, I would not be perfectly honest if I didn’t tell you that this entire set – up, and the story between the covers, has be coming away with some very large mixed feelings.

On one hand, the summary is well written. On the other hand, the beautiful cover has a very minimal connection to the actual story line…yes it is partially set in Paris. However, there is so much more that could have been done to bring out the feel of the story through the cover art. I give the cover and summary combination 4 out of 5 dragons.

Now let’s move on to the story. I wish that I could tell you it immediately began to pull me in and i couldn’t put it down. That just isn’t the case. I’ve had the book for almost two months and I didn’t get through the first 3 chapters for a month and a half, the beginning just felt that sloow  to me.

There are several sections in the book whose inclusions baffle me. They don’t seem to add much, if anything, to the plot arc, the actions are so minuscule or non-existent that the story gains nothing but does get confusing for a bit. For example, the main character is called by several old nicknames during the story…3 or 4 of which are not explained and not used again. There is no background or additional information that allows us useful insight into the main character, just random, seemingly unimportant names tossed in to the story.

The main male characters are given a lot of background, some beautiful idiosyncrasies, and amazing backgrounds so that you want to know them better; however, Ms. George has written these great characters who feel like they should be friends of ours but are written almost flatly. The most well written and emotionally charged sections of the book are written from the perspective of the ‘missing’ main character, the woman who Jean Perdu (main character #1) loved, lost, and lost it over.

To this point, it may seem as though I don’t like the book but this is where the major mixed feelings start to rear their heads. A major action happens that sucked me back into the book and fulfilled a promise from the book summary. I got a little excited and kept reading…and reading…and reading. For a book that isn’t really that long (around 400 pages) it felt like I was slogging through hundreds of pages. Just when I would be ready to give up, a fun, exciting, and amazing little tidbit would happen and I would be sucked back in. It wasn’t until the final few chapters that I really got pulled into the story and felt that Ms. George was hitting her stride with it.

As an author, I understand the  use of these elements and actions that both moved and stalled the story. But has a reader who had been promised certain things, I was concerned with parts of the story and found myself wishing there had been a bit more consistent movement to the story

Overall I give this book 3/5 dragons. I enjoyed a lot of it, but felt the story was inconsistent and fell flat in a few places.

Reminder

This is a big flaw of mine, this ‘remembering’ thing. If I remember and you remind, I then get mad that you dared to think I wouldn’t remember in the first place. If i forget and you then remind me, I become incensed at the fact that I forgot and needed to be reminded at all. So now that I have admitted this to, my dear readers, here is a tiny obnoxious reminder from me to you:

Highland Park Presents, my fifth graders’ short story compilation book is FREE for kindle download until midnight tomorrow (4-24-15). We even have one 5 star review!

They are hovering somewhere between 30-40 downloads and I would LOVE to see them get closer to 100 before the week is over and done with.

Two of my books, Dragon on My Neck (Book 1 of the Stone Dragon Saga) and Summer Sundays, are also available free through midnight tomorrow.

Lost and Found

Dr. Tyree’s first book, Lost and Found, is currently FREE for digital download! This book takes a look at things LOST in the Garden of Eden and FOUND through Christ’s sacrifice.

A great, Biblically based read for all those interested, I highly recommend Lost and Found by Dr. Wilson Jay Tyree.

We also currently have a contest running on our Facebook, Tyree Tomes, and the winner will get their choice of a personalized/autographed copy of any book from our current catalogue. Head on over to find out more!

Have a GREAT DAY!

Q&A A Day

I am so excited to bring to your attention today a truly interesting journal. Now I know that some of you might be thinking, “But I don’t journal!” or maybe even, “I don’t like to write!” (*shudder*) That’s ok! This journal is built for quick, short, and to the point responses!

just about 4 lines per year...5 years per day! The perfect place to catch snippets of your life and how things change!

just about 4 lines per year…5 years per day! The perfect place to catch snippets of your life and how things change!

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Q&A a Day by Potter Style is not just a fun and interesting take on journaling, it is also comes in an elegant and handy cover. The hard bound burlap colored book (designed by Danielle Deschenes) is approximately 6″ x 4″ and sports beautiful gilt edged pages. The text design by Judy Stagnitto Abbate is, in my opinion, the perfect mix of elegant classicism and modern sass, creating a very modern retro vibe that can be comfortably carried in a handbag or left on a bed side table.

      Cover Photo for an absolutely intriguing journal!

I am very much looking forward to seeing how my answers change and evolve over the next five years…and with questions like “Who was the last person to make you angry?”, “What’s the Most Creative Thing You’ve Done Recently?”, and “What’s your favorite accessory?” I can’t help but feel like this will be a treasure to keep for more than just the next five years! This may be an item that can, once filled out, be passed on down through generations because, regardless of writing talent, it will offer tid bits about Mom/Dad or Grandma/Grandpa (Or even great-aunt Jo) that may never come up in general conversations!

I give this book a heart-felt 5 out of 5 dragons for both cover and content! Hurry and go grab your own: You start on whatever day you get the journal and just keep going!

Hope this review was helpful for you! Have a marvelous and Blessed Valentine’s Weekend 2015!