A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.
Callanan brings the reader on an emotional journey through the streets of Paris ... The story feels at once fresh and new, albeit anachronistic — paying homage to the sweet, old-fashioned feeling of Paris in contrast to a rapidly modernizing America ... Callanan has an innate ability to make even the worst circumstances seem irrevocably light ... by being both romantic fiction and a mystery, Paris by the Book marries two completely different genres in a beautiful way.
Paris by the Book is, of course, a sopping love letter to the titular city ... It is also simply a crackling good tale — one that has its shares of tragedies and missed opportunities. Callanan tells the story from Leah’s perspective, and I would say that he nails the female voice ... Put it this way, if you’re looking for a great story, then look no further. But if you’re looking to go off the deep end with your fiction in terms of thematics, you might be well pleased by the quality of the book. I wouldn’t peg it quite as literary fiction, because there’s a breezy style to the writing ... a charming novel.