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

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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

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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

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

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Rating

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Storyline – 2/10
Writing – 3/10
Character Development – 2/10
Plot Twist – 0/10
Shareability – 1/10
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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

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?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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