A Tale of Grief and Acceptance: My Review of Love Letters from Montmartre by Nicolas Barreau
What Amazon Says
For fans of Nina George, Elena Ferrante, and Valentina Cebeni, a charming, uplifting novel about a man who sets out to fulfil his dead wife’s last wish. Julien Azouly, the famous French writer of beautiful romance novels, has stopped believing in love. When his beloved wife, Hélène, dies at the age of thirty-three, leaving him alone to raise their young son, Arthur, he is so devastated that he loses faith in the happier side of life—and along with that his ability to write.
But Hélène was clever. Before her death, she made her husband promise to write her thirty-three letters, one for each year of her life. Six months after the funeral, Julien finds himself standing in the most famous cemetery in Paris, the painful first letter in his hand. Little does he know that something strange—and wonderful—is about to happen.
An ode to love, Paris, and joie de vivre, Love Letters from Montmartre brings the reader down narrow streets, past the cozy red bistro on Rue Gabrielle, and all the way to Montmartre cemetery with its beautiful stone angels, where we will discover the truth we all hope to find: that love is real, that miracles can happen and that—most of all—it’s never too late to rediscover your dreams. Empathetic and wise, this is the deeply profound yet very human story of a man who finds love just when he thinks all is lost.
My 5-Star Review
Having lost my husband ten years ago, I could relate to Julien’s grief. I like how the book starts with the prologue, taking place in the cemetery, where he is leaving the first of the thirty-three letters. His grief has left him unable to do much except care for his four-year-old son.
As the story progresses, it turns full circle with the epilogue also taking place in the cemetery. But this time, Julien has come to terms with his wife’s passing and is ready to move on. Filled with intriguing characters and an engaging plot, Love Letters from Montmartre is a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading about finding love after loss.
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