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 French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.
REVIEW: I won this proof copy through Librarything's early reviewer giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I don't have a lot to say except that I loved this book! Nina George's writing is gorgeous, with lovely imagery and details. She has a way of writing that is smooth and comforting to read. This book was never boring and I like that the chapters were brief but so, so interesting that you really don't want to put the book down. I enjoyed the setting in Brittany, France which includes a bistro, the nearby sea, and an enchanting forest.
The book begins with a very sensitive issue, a mature woman named Marianne, who has decided that she wants to end her life after years of enduring a loveless marriage and an empty life. The reader follows her on a journey to find herself again, meeting various quirky characters along the way. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance fiction with hints of fantasy and folklore. I actually enjoyed this book more than her previous book, The Little Paris Bookshop, and have definitely become a fan of Nina George's works.