Monday 28 October 2019

Book Review: The Girl Who Reads on the Métro by Christine Féret-Fleury (Contemporary Fiction)

Title: The Girl Who Reads on the Métro
Author: Christine Féret-Fleury
Mantle (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Publication Date: 29 October 2019
Contemporary Fiction
ARC from Publisher


When Juliette takes the métro to her loathed office job each morning, her only escape is in books – she avidly reads on her journey and imagines what her fellow commuters’ choices might say about them.

But when, one day, she decides to alight the train a few stops early and meets Soliman – the mysterious owner of the most enchanting bookshop Juliette has ever seen – she is sure her life will never be the same again . . .

For Soliman also believes in the power of books to change the course of a life – entrusting his passeurs with the task of giving each book to the person who needs it most – and he thinks Juliette is perfect for the job.

And so, leaving her old life behind, Juliette will discover the true power a book can have . . . 

The Girl Who Reads on the Métro was a light, easy, and engaging read. It is a sweet story that has just enough depth to avoid becoming twee, and it brought a smile to my face as I was reading. I enjoyed picking out the literary references, seeing which books mentioned I knew and adding a few to my future-reading wish list along the way. This is a work that is certain to please booklovers looking for a quick, heart-warming, escapist read.

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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