I admit to an affinity for books about bookstores and the contents they contain. The contents of an unopened and long forgotten letter are at the heart of this charming novel. Monsieur Perdu, the recipient of the letter, opens it after finding it 20 years after it as written. The letters contents prompt him to take his bookstore barge on a trip on the river Seine to find his lost love. Monsieur Perdu encounters a number of interesting characters and experiences on his journey. The best thing about journeys is that while they may not bring the sought after answers they can be a journey of growth and unexpected discoveries. This is a wonderful novel full of warmth, humor and lovely surprises.