The Red Notebook – Antoine Laurain

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 this book was incredibly beautiful and such an addictive story so much so I devoured it in a few hours.

Laurain takes us on a journey of one man trying to find his soul mate without even realizing he is looking. He happened upon a handbag and in the knowledge that it seems out of place he decides to do the best thing and return it to the rightful owner and so his journey begins…

Laurent is the main character of this story, he is portrayed as such a wonderful man and clearly a romantic at heart, if the people of the world possessed just a tiny amount of his personality a happier place it would certainly be.

Laure is the owner of the mulberry coloured expensive handbag enclosing her worldly possessions encased inside, the unfortunate woman who has her bag stolen which results in a stay away from home minus the bag and belongings.

As the story unfolds I found myself silently willing a happy ending, I’m a big believer in fate and these characters needed to be together but as their journey progresses events and circumstances shift and change and I began to lose hope!

A beautifully written love story with a sense of doing the right thing and setting high standards and loyal friendship. Loved this delicious tale from start to finish and really pleased to hear that the film rights have been bought.

I will certainly look out for further works by Antoine Laurain.


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