Suddenly they could recognize themselves in a book. Reinvent themselves. Not be useful, not always beautiful. They Blossomed, they had new thoughts, they developed a greater sensitivity, and suddenly their inner worlds stretched and expanded, and they could breathe more easily.

Chapter 17, Page 121

In a nutshell


Marie-Jeanne is a young orphan living in a small French village. A change encounter with love, when she is a baby, changes her life forever. Marie-Jean is able to see the marks Love leaves on people like little glowing lights. As she gets older she helps her foster father set up a mobile library and travels through mountains and villages offering entertainment, guidance and comfort through the books they lend out. While Marie-Jeanne watches those around her find love, she wonders if it’s something she’ll ever discover.

Book Club Notes


For those who read The Little Paris Bookshop, this book will be familiar – it is the novel based on Southern Lights, a fictitious book in the bookshop Nina has been asked to write by fans. It read to me as a fable more than a love story and while beautifully written it isn’t a book that left a mark on me, rather I found myself reading it for the sake of being able to finish it, not find out how it would end.

Read If


You enjoyed The Little Paris Bookshop and wanted to read Southern Lights or like fables.



Storyline – 2/10
Writing – 3/10
Character Development – 2/10
Plot Twist – 0/10
Shareability – 1/10
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Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

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