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The Little French Bistro by Nina George
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The Little French Bistro

by Nina George

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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.… (more)
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A little melodramatic. ( )
  kripley | Oct 17, 2019 |
*Book received through Penguin Publishing's First To Read Program*

I loved The Little Paris bookshop, so I couldn't wait to read this one! It did not disappoint, I couldn't put this down. It was fluffy and charming and overall, wonderful!! Can't wait to read more from Nina George. ( )
  managedbybooks | Jul 25, 2019 |
Marianne & her husband Lothar travel to Paris w/ a group from Germany... Marianne being so entirely unfulfilled & unhappy in her marriage flees the group & jumps into the Seine. She is rescued by a homeless man and then taken to the hospital, where the Doctor tells her the suicide is not a sign of mental illness.

While waiting for Lothar to come and get her, Marianne decides she isn't going back to Germany and her unhappy life, so she walks out of the hospital taking with her a tile of Kerdruc which she had inadvertently taken from the nursing station.... She comes upon a nun, sleeping on a bench & sits with her, whereupon the nun's tour group finds them and takes both Marianne & their missing Sister back to the Convent.

Looking at the tile, Marianne heads for Ar Mor and Kerdruc where she meets with the townspeople, gets a job in the local Bistro and falls in love w/ Yann... the artist who painted the tile.

I'm not going to tell you more, but I hated pages 277-292 where Lothar shows up to take her back to Germany....

The book was romantic, bittersweet, contained a touch of magical realism (which I wish there had been more of). The characters were quirky, warm & caring people. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jul 9, 2019 |
I did not write a review or rate. Unusual. I did like it. ( )
  Alphawoman | May 26, 2019 |
It's never too late to find your true place in life--never to late to learn to speak definitively with your own inner voice. In "The Little French Bistro", from author Nina George, a woman in her sixtieth year begins life anew and experiences much before her own inner compass points her in the right direction. Marianne Messmann, of Germany, has been married for four decades to Lothar, a man set in his ways and devoted to his own comfort and enjoyment. On a trip to Paris, and no longer able to bear the stifling repression of their relationship, Marianne decides to take her own life in Paris in the icy waters of the Seine. When her attempt fails, she makes another radical decision and journeys to Brittany, in northwestern France, to a culture and community far different than she has known. Here she finds friends, food, and sights and sounds which stir her heart and imagination. She also finds romance with an artist, Yann, who colors her world in ways she could never have dreamed. When unfinished business from the past shows up in the form of Lothar, Marianne must search her soul and make the most profound choice of her existence: return to the known and predictable past, or take a great leap of faith for a chance of a future filled with new hope and joy.

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  gincam | Mar 28, 2019 |
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It was the first decision she had ever made on her own, the very first time she was able to determine the course of her life.
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'You know the tragic thing about long life expectancy?' Paul asked, suddenly turning serious.  Everybody looked at him with expectation. 'You have more time to be unhappy.'
They said a lot when they weren't speaking; it was the silences between their words that touched Marianne.
'He's in love, and when they're in love, cooks overdo it with the salt.'
They would all die: only stones and art were immortal.
The goddesses had demonstrated to her that life and death could take place within a single day, and sometimes it was impossible to distinguish between them.
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