The Little French Bistro by Nina George

The Little French Bistro by Nina George
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

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.

Marianne is in her sixties and quite unhappy with her marriage and her life; that’s why she attempts suicide in Paris. It’s a failed attempt, and she is rescued by an interesting man. She ends up in Brittany, in a coastal village and meets a vibrant group of people.

These characters jump off the page with their unique qualities and situations. Marianne works in a bistro and gets to know them, but the best part is that she gets to know herself, a woman she has repressed for decades. The true her comes out in a charming unfolding of the story.

Marianne is surrounded by the culture in Brittany. The villagers have their own way of doing things, and it is fun to read about them.

Trouble comes up when Marianne’s husband finds her. She makes some tough decisions.

The end of the book has questions to ponder and a little bit about life in this little part of the world. This book has substance and is worth the read.