My second book of 2016 is The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Coincidentally, it is also about a Parisian bookseller like my first book of 2016, The Little Paris Bookshop. I checked out this book from our local library because my librarian said I'd probably enjoy it since I loved The Little Paris Bookshop.
According to Goodreads:
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
Oh, how I love this book! The owner of said red notebook is Laure. She is mugged for her expensive purse, and once the valuables are taken the thief throws the purse and the remaining contents away and that's how Laurent finds the notebook. I enjoyed reading Laurent's quest for finding Laure's identity and then finding her. An interesting side note is that it isn't strictly Laure's notebook that intrigues Laurent: He's also intrigued by her other possessions and her apartment.
Our homes and possessions do tend to depict a little of who we are. I know that I'm guilty of being a looky-loo when I'm in others' homes. I try to peek at two things: their art and books! Are you a Nosy Nellie like I am? Mayhap I can relate to Laurent!
When I first read about this book I thought that Laurent might be a little stalker-ish, but he isn't. Without giving away any major plot points, Laurent is an intriguing man himself. The red notebook is simply a serendipitous find at the most opportune time.