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The Little French Bistro: A Novel by Nina…

The Little French Bistro: A Novel

by Nina George

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Life has worn Marianne down. She is unhappy in her marriage and the only way out seems to be suicide. But when she jumps into the Seine River, instead of drowning, she is rescued by a bi-stander. When her husband visits her in the hospital, she realizes nothing has changed: she still wants out. But this time fate takes a hand in Marianne’s life. She finds herself drawn to the town of Kerdruc after seeing it on a map in her doctor’s office. And slowly, as she undertakes a trip to the Brittany coast, she finds herself re-awaking. Opening herself up to new friends and new experiences is only the beginning. Soon the idea of death is replaced by life…a life filled with joy and passion. As Marianne sheds her old life she is finally able to fully embrace the new, vibrant, carefree woman that is emerging. But can she withstand the urge to retreat to her old self when confronted by the past?
This story touches so many emotions, from sadness and desperation to joy and a passion for living, the reader will accompany Marianne as she struggles to find herself and break free from the prison that her old life had become. I am especially drawn to the older heroine, who finds the strength to embrace a new life with arms wide open. ( )
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The narrator of this book was about to commit suicide in a river in Paris, and when she finds a painted tile ends up in the place where the artist paints them. She becomes a sous chef in a French restaurant, hence the title of the book, and meets all kinds of people, including, surprise the artist of the tile and falls in love with him and the town and its people. When she is exposed as not being who she really is (married) and not sure what she wants to do with her life and her husband, she leaves with her husband back to Germany (he comes to find her), and ends up back where she really wants to be -- in the small town back in France. She was only 60 years old but called herself an old woman?
  sweetbabyjane58 | Mar 21, 2017 |
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While The Little French Bistro didn't grip me as quickly as The Little Paris Bookshop did, I eventually found myself drawn into Marianne's story. The supporting cast of characters that Marianne befriends were an interesting and quirky bunch, adding to this charming novel. Recommended for fans of The Little Paris Bookshop and Francophiles. ( )
  MsNick | Mar 19, 2017 |
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I really enjoyed The Little Paris Book Shop and The Little French Bistro did not disappoint. Marianne is in Paris with her husband and after years of enduring a loveless marriage that has left her feeling repressed she decides to kill her self. After she is saved and wakes up in a hospital she flees with the mission of completing her goal. Instead she finds a new life and everything she had been missing out on. This book had many lovely characters and was a quick and heartwarming read. ( )
  reb922 | Mar 15, 2017 |
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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 Breton Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

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