The Little French Bistro *Book Review*
Title: The Little French Bistro
Author: Nina George
Publish Date: June 13, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Quote: “You can’t change dreams; you can only kill them–and some of us are very good murderers
From the Back Cover:
Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as the end of the world.
Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life s small moments high hopes for thisents. And, as the parts of herself she had long forgotten return to her in this new world, Marianne learns it s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.
- second chances
- embracing life
- set in France/Brittany
I really enjoyed the author’s previous book, The Little Paris Bookshop, and there fore had very high hopes for this one. It didn’t disappoint! Nina George’s writing style…let me just say there is something about it, that makes you feel cozy. It’s both witty and charming. The book is just filled with beautiful turns of phrase.
The story starts out a bit depressing, as Marianne walks away from a dinner party and attempts to drown herself in the Seine. Rescued by a homeless man, she ends up in the hospital feeling very despondent, a chance encounter with a painted tile, has her running away from the hospital, her husband and all she knows. Marianne soon finds herself in a sea side town, working as a chef in a little bistro, and on a journey of self-discovery and second chances at life and love. Being embraced by the towns inhabitants and living a life she never dared to dream.
So as I said, it starts out a bit depressing and a bit slow, but hang in there as it gets happier and happier. Though it does stay a bit slow, but the characters are very well developed and you really feel for them, as you get to know them throughout the story. You are left feeling both exasperated at Marianne and happy for her as well.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the meandering, tale of despair, love, loss and joy.
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