Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Little French Bistro: A Novel by Nina…

The Little French Bistro: A Novel

by Nina George

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
9747124,414 (3.52)13



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 13 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 48 (next | show all)
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
"Every second can mark a new beginning. Open your eyes and see: the world is out there and it wants you." - Nina George, "The Little French Bistro"

Memorize those lines from the middle of Nina George's "The Little French Bistro" and perhaps you can save yourself the trouble of reading this novel, which really isn't very good. All the book's wisdom is right there. The rest is just illustration and is less inspiring than you might think for a story about people remaking their lives.

The main character is Marianne, a 60-year-old German woman stuck in an unhappy marriage for most of her life. She runs away to Paris, planning to drown herself in the Seine. Rescued, she is put in a hospital, from which she escapes. Having seen an artist's rendering of the city of Kerdruc in Brittany, she decides to go there to complete her mission, that of killing herself.

Once in Kerduc, she encounters people who start transforming her into a new woman, one who is beautiful and admired and who has a place in the world, working in that little French bistro for a start. What's more, she meets and falls in love with that French artist whose work drew her to Kerdruc in the first place.

Meanwhile, other characters find their lives made over, as well. For a time the novel reads like a French version of the British movie "Love Actually" in which everybody finds love with somebody else. But then Marianne's husband, Lothar, tracks her down, and she must decide if the new Marianne can survive resuming life with the old Lothar.

The novel has its moments, but mostly it feels manufactured rather than authentic.

Readers may think "The Little French Bistro" is a sequel to "The Little Paris Bookshop." In truth it is more the other way around. "Bookshop" was first published in Germany in 2013, with the English translation, which became a bestseller, appearing in 2015. "Bistro" appeared first in Germany in 2010, and the English version was published this month on the heels of "Bookshop's" success. ( )
  hardlyhardy | Jun 23, 2017 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
So, I liked this but that was about it. If you like "feel good" stories then you will probably have more interest in it than I did. The beginning started out strong but then I felt like the rest of it was a bit predictable. It was filled with some interesting characters that were brought to life really well. If that's your thing then definitely give it a try. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review. ( )
  Kathl33n | Jun 20, 2017 |
Marianne has decided that her life is useless and she can't stay married to her husband another day. So while she and her husband are visiting Paris, she decided to drown herself in the Seine. Unfortunately (to her), she is saved and ends up in the hospital where her husband leaves her to return to their home in Germany. She leaves the hospital and finds a small town on the coast of France where she plans to kill herself. Life has a way of disrupting plans like this and just maybe the quirky cast of characters that she meets will make her change her mind...or maybe not.

This book started out with a great premise. Marianne's husband was insufferable and unlikable and you could almost understand her plans to leave him - though suicide is a bit over the top. I thought that there were way too many characters in the small town that she escaped to and had a problem keeping them all figured out. Despite that, I loved the beginning and the end of this book and think that it's well worth reading just to see the changes in Marianne.

Thanks to First to Read for a copy of this book to read and review. ( )
  susan0316 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Marianne is very unhappy. Well, that’s not quite right…those words do not begin to describe her state. She is in a loveless marriage, as a matter of fact her husband is verbally abusive. And she has had enough! She decides to end her life by jumping into the Seine. A good samaratian saves her. This begins her journey to a new destiny.

Marianne starts out as a desperate, mousy woman in need of hand-holding and guidance. But she turns into a lion that ROARS! When she finally runs away she creates a wonderful new life for herself. She has a job, which she was told she could never do. She has many friends, which she was told she could never have. She toughens up and becomes the lady she knew she could be! Did I mention she is in her 60’s when she accomplished all of this!

The quaint little French village Marriane takes up residence in, is adorable. I would love to visit it one day. I could just picture it in my mind, the shops, the Bistro. All of it a sanctuary for Marianne and her new self. Because of this village there are many minor characters to keep up with. This is a little rough when you are trying to snatch 10 minutes here and there to read.

This book is really about following your dreams. Not letting convention get in the way, whether it is playing the accordion or eating pizza for breakfast. (Read the book for these references!!!)
Being true to yourself is so important.

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Jun 17, 2017 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This book started with so much promise but it quickly dwindled. Over all extremely disappointing. ( )
  Quiltinfun06 | Jun 17, 2017 |
Showing 1-5 of 48 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nina Georgeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Pare, SimonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Jens
First words
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.
'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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451495586, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:30:00 -0500)

No library descriptions found.

LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Nina George's book The Little French Bistro is currently available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Sign up to get a pre-publication copy in exchange for a review.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio

Popular covers


Average: (3.52)
2 8
2.5 2
3 9
3.5 3
4 18
4.5 3
5 5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,106,453 books! | Top bar: Always visible