The Little French Bistro by Nina George

BLOG‘Learn to love what you do, whatever it is, and you won’t have any problems. You’ll suffer, but then you’ll feel, and when you feel, you’re alive. You need troubles to be alive.’

Marianne has been in a terribly unhappy marriage for over forty years. During a trip to Paris, she decides she has had enough, which leads to a terrifying event on the Seine. Soon after, the discovery of a lovely town in the Brittany region calls to her and she sets out on an unexpected journey. Upon her arrival she is charmed by her surroundings, meets a cast of interesting characters and slowly finds a life that she never knew.

This is a new release from the author of The Little Paris Bookshop, which once again takes us to beautiful regions of France, this time to lovely Brittany. It is a book about finding your happiness and how it is never too late to change your destiny and set off on a new path. The setting and the descriptions of towns and places is quite appealing, but I struggled to connect to the characters, particularly Marianne who comes across as one-dimensional and lacking real depth. There are a few subplots and without compelling characters it does feel like a bit much. In this case, I was just not the right reader for this novel. It is a book that will appeal to many readers, and if you enjoyed The Little Paris Bookshop, this story may work for you as well.

*ARC provided by NetGalley. Publication date: June 13, 2017.

2 thoughts on “The Little French Bistro by Nina George

  1. I heard about “The Little French Bistro” and thought it would make for a good read. Then I saw Nina George wrote it. No. Just. No. The Little Paris Bookshop was, hands down, one of the worst books I’ve ever laid my crossed-eyes on. The concept of the story was good but the execution was horrible. And morose!!! OMG. It was so bad that I left it in our rental in Theoule with the message “Read if you dare”. You are spot on in not being able to connect with the characters–it was the same struggle in her other book.

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one! The overall writing style of this author just does not work for me at all and the characters come across incredibly bizarre. While I am a sucker for charming stories set in France, this was incredibly disappointing.


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