The Little French Bistro5 Stars

Published June 13th 2017 by Crown
Hardcover, 336 pages
Paperback, 368 pages
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Audio CD by Books on Tape

About the Book: From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.

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.

With all the buoyant charm that made The Little Paris Bookshop a beloved bestseller, The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

My Review: This book opens with Marianne, a 60 something, unhappily married woman, attempting to commit suicide. I was not sure if I wanted to read about another unhappy senior who regrets his/her life, but as I was listening to this story, I thought I would keep going. So glad that I did. This suicide attempt is actually the beginning of her new life. She makes her way to Brittany, France where she meets the most wonderful people and learns to live life again.

I loved meeting these characters and getting to know about life in Kerdruc. As Marianne gets to know them, she begins to heal. The real Marianne, who has been buried deep inside, begins to emerge. I want so much to visit and get to know these characters better. I was drawn right into their lives, troubles and all, in order to see how both they affected Marianne and she affected them. I realized this book was about staying true to yourself and becoming the best you can be. Marianne escaped from a hospital to escape her verbally and emotionally abusive husband. I loved Marianne’s character, her strength, uncertainty and love for others. Finding love in this quiet, out of the way village was like watching the sun rise. Nina George created a story that makes you feel like anything is possible, as long as you have the courage and strength to go after it.

The writing is rich and wonderful, beautiful and poetic. I listened to the audio book and I felt like I was there, listening to the characters speak. I enjoyed this book much more than The Little Paris Bookshop and I enjoyed that one, so this shows how much I loved this one. If you are looking for a book to fall in love with, evoke your emotions and having you wish that it did not end, then pick up this wonderful story.

Nina GeorgeAbout the Author: Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and managing editor for a wide range of publications, including Hamburger Abendblatt, Die Welt, Der Hamburger, “politik und kultur” as well as TV Movie and Federwelt. Georges writes also under three pen-names, for ex “Jean Bagnol”, a double-andronym for provence-based mystery novels.  To see more go to her website: http://www.nina-george.com/