Review: The Little French Bistro by Nina George

 

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☆☆➹⁀☆5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

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. 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.

The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

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My Thoughts:

The Little French Bistro is a character driven story of tenaciously taking back one’s life and finding friendship and love. It’s about second chances and taking risks.

After a lifetime of unhappiness being married to a neglectful husband, Marianne reaches her last straw. She happily looks forward to death as she lays out her clothes in preparation to jump into the Seine in an attempt to commit suicide.

When the reader first meets her husband, Lota, it is abundantly clear that anyone married to that self-centered, pompus man might make the same decision. His tight-fisted griping about petty expenses Marianna has incurred while checking the time on his Rolex watch was maddening!

A painted tile sets Marianne on an eventful journey to the coast of Brittany. There she stumbles into a job at a little inn with a restaurant. Marianne brings the restaurant and inn to life just as it breathes life back into her. The coincidence of Marianne landing there is looked upon as a gift from fate by her new acquaintances. Each day, she sheds more of her prior life’s weight. As she becomes entrenched in the daily life in the village of Kerdruc, the sixty year-old woman blossoms like a flower bud opening up for the first time.

Nina George gives her readers a delightful cast of characters. The locals are quirky and very welcoming. I was completely charmed by each of the Bretons and ensconced in the beautiful descriptions of the area. Their individual stories are told along with Marianne’s. I loved that Marianne not only found herself but also love and appreciation. The Little French Bistro is an emotional read that runs the gamut from sad to mad to glad. It is healing and heartwarming, and it will surely leave readers wanting to travel to the quaint, small towns on the northern coast of France.

I enjoyed the artful narration by: Emma Bering

 

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