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  • Published: 18 July 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241436615
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

The Little French Village of Book Lovers

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop

From the author of the international bestselling THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP comes a return to Monsieur Perdu's beloved books

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

In a small town in balmy Provence, a dazzling encounter with Love itself changes the life of 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 their faces and hands that shimmer more brightly when the one meant for them is near. Before long, Marie-Jeanne is playing matchmaker in her village.

As she grows up, Marie-Jeanne helps her foster father, Francis, set up a mobile library that travels through the many small mountain towns in the region of Nyons. Their library will offer entertainment, guidance, reassurance and comfort - balm for the heartbroken and lonely. Marie-Jeanne soon finds herself bringing soulmates together everywhere they go, with books always playing an essential part in her quest.
However, the only person that Marie-Jeanne can't seem to find a partner 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?

From the author of million-copy bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop comes a tender story about how a love of books is a love of life itself.

  • Published: 18 July 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241436615
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Nina George

Born in 1973, Nina George is a journalist and the author of numerous bestselling novels, which have been translated into several languages. The Little Paris Bookshop was a phenomenal top five bestseller in Germany and is set to be published around the world. She is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg.

Praise for The Little French Village of Book Lovers



Glowing...layered with wit, enchanting writing and a love of books...I prescribed it for a cynical friend who has "seen it all" (and read it all) and she swooned'

Daily Mail

A true gem for fiction lovers

Good Housekeeping

A charming tale...for fans of Like Water for Chocolate and Amelie


An enchanting, uplifting read...the sort of book that acts as a soothing tonic as you read - so the perfect accompaniment to relaxing in the sun


Brimming with magic . . . Full of allegory and mysticism, the book often feels more like a poem than a novel. Nuanced and enchanting . . . an elegantly crafted, unhurried examination of the enthralling and elusive nature of love

Kirkus Reviews

An appealing companion piece to The Little Paris Bookshop. George convincingly portrays her characters’ emotions . . . Charming

Publishers Weekly

This spin-off of George’s beloved The Little Paris Bookshop—this is the book within that one—is narrated by omniscient and powerful representations of abstract concepts, with Love, Pride, and Fate all weighing in, and this creative framing adds to its considerable charm. George pays particular attention to the romantic potential of the everyday—those mundane events that can spark new feelings in anyone hoping for a chance at love. Fans will adore George’s latest exploration of life, love, and destiny


What a joy to read The Little French Village of Book Lovers, which will delight Nina George’s millions of readers. Exquisitely written, as always, she draws you in from the first page and immerses you in the lives of her delightful characters. You won’t want to put it down.

Patricia Scanlan