07 September 2023

The Little French Village of Book Lovers


By Nina George


In Provence, orphan Marie-Jeanne discovers she has a special gift — she can see a glow on people, signifying marks of love left on those around her. She soon finds herself taking on the role of matchmaker and uses the mobile library her foster father has set up to further her gift throughout the Nyons region. But sadly she realises she's unable to find love for herself. She contemplates if she'll ever be able to recognise it when it finally reaches her.

I have to state that this book, although beautifully written, just wasn't for me. Talking trees and Love as a narrator was a step too far. It didn't hold my interest or draw me in. I managed to finish it but it was a struggle. If you enjoy magical realism, wonderfully constructed sentences and a French setting, you'll be charmed but I'm not the target audience for this one.         


  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication Year: Paperback 2024, eBook 2023
  • Author: Nina George
  • Genre: Literary Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction


In a small town in balmy Provence, Marie-Jeanne has a gift.

She can see the marks Love has left on the people around her. Glowing faces, hands that shimmer brighter when enclosed in another. Before long, Marie-Jeanne is playing matchmaker.

When her foster father, Francis, sets up a mobile library travelling the many mountain towns of the Nyons region of France. Marie-Jeanne takes her quest further. Their library offers entertainment, guidance, reassurance and comfort - but for Marie-Jeanne, the books also allow her to bring soulmates together.

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 recognise hers when Love finally comes her way?

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