Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book Review - The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

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 Review by Suze

Marianne and Lothar are in Paris, but even in this vibrant city Lothar manages to kill Marianne's joy and after forty-one years of marriage she can't take it anymore. Lothar doesn't see her, he's unkind, he cheats and he doesn't want his wife to have anything. He has never given her the idea that he loves her. Marianne kept waiting for a gesture, a token of love, but she now knows Lothar will never give it to her. She sacrifices and suffers and there's only one person who can make it stop. That's why she and the Seine become one for a short time. While she thinks this will be the end of her life it's actually only the beginning.

After receiving a sign Marianne travels from Paris to Kerdruc in Bretagne. It's where she thinks she's supposed to be, at least for the time being, for the short existence she still has left. She finds a job in Ar Mor, a restaurant with friendly, but suffering people. Slowly Marianne uncovers a side of herself that went missing in her marriage with Lothar. The healing effects of Kerdruc turn her into a different woman. However, Lothar is still her husband and she isn't in Kerdruc to stay, or is she?

The Little Breton Bistro is a book to fall in love with. It's a story I could and will read over and over again. Marianne never learned to choose herself. She always did what Lothar expected of her and what's left is an empty shell. She has to go through something terrible to be able to hold on to life and maybe even dare living it. I loved her gentleness. She has such a big heart and she only gives and never takes. Her physical and spiritual journeys are both beautiful and it was amazing to see her grow, to become the most she could be. Marianne finds her brave side and discovers how gorgeous she can be, both on the outside and the inside. Age doesn't matter when it comes to finding love and happiness, as long as you're alive it's never too late, and that's an important lesson nobody should ever forget.

Marianne finds the most delightful friends in Kerdruc. The inhabitants of the small coastal village are spirited, generous and caring. They discover love in the most unexpected circumstances and just like Marianne they have to learn to be courageous and they have to open their eyes before they can actually see what's always been right in front of them. That is what I loved the most about The Little Breton Bistro. To truly notice and be noticed is the most scary thing there is, but it's also the most rewarding. I enjoyed reading about every single character and they've all got a special place in my heart.
 
Nina George has a stunning writing style. Her sentences always manage to enchant me from the very beginning of her stories. She perfectly captures the magic of France and describes Bretagne vividly and accurately. She makes it come to life the way it deserves and I could see the small village, taste the food and breathe in the air, which is something that can only be accomplished by a brilliant storyteller. I loved how Marianne doesn't only embrace her new surroundings, she also becomes part of them. I liked reading about the sea, the traditions and the wonderful celebrations. I had tears in my eyes and a smile on my face at the same time. Marianne struggles, but she perseveres and even though her path to become the woman she can be isn't smooth she always finds the right direction. Her life goes from bitter to sweet and back again several times. It's something I could easily feel and sympathize with. The ending of her story is romantic, spellbinding and terrific. It's a lovely surprising finale of a precious plot. I highly recommend The Little Breton Bistro, it's an absolute must-read.

Advice

The Little Breton Bistro is a fantastic story about a beautiful transformation, a gorgeous French village with amazing inhabitants and love in many shapes and forms. If you like to be enchanted you should definitely read this story.

About Nina George


Born in 1973, Nina George is a journalist and the author of numerous bestselling novels, which have been translated into several languages. The Little Paris Bookshop was a phenomenal top five bestseller in Germany and is set to be published around the world. She is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg.

17 comments:

  1. Totally agree. She is a superb writer.

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  2. This story sounds wonderful and I'm always looking for a new author. I also love to travel through books:)

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    1. Me too, I immediately wanted to pack my bags. I love Bretagne, so will probably feel right at home there.

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  4. I love that cover! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book.

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  5. Sounds so awesome. Germany is so close to my country and I'm so happy I met me some new author.

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  6. This one sounds darling!

    --Trix

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  7. This sounds like a lovely charming read. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. It sounds lovely, I can't wait to read it.

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  9. I think this is a book my mom would love to read.

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  10. love the review. not sure it's for me, but has potential

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  11. Thank you for the review! It does sound interesting.

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  12. This book sounds as bequtiful as the cover and the setting... a French village is a bonus.

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  13. I love books with transformations and books that take place in other countries. Sounds great

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  14. Escape from a stifling relationship is never easy but, just as you state, Suze, it is never too late.

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