The Little French Bistro by Nina George

The Little French Bistro

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...

Details The Little French Bistro

TitleThe Little French Bistro
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherBroadway Books
GenreFiction, Romance, Cultural, France, Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Little French Bistro

  • Bianca
    Apparently, my review contains some spoilers, so ...(view spoiler)[The German Marianne Lanz is sixty, lonely, unloved, unvalued, unable to make her own decisions - she's been married for forty-one years to some army dude. When in Paris, she decides to finally take her life into her own hands and do what she wants for once - kill herself by throwing herself into the Seine.Since she's the main character, obviously, she didn't succeed. She's rescued...
  • Rebecca Carter
    I felt so many emotions while reading this book. Initially sadness, pity and melancholy; then a mixture of heartwarming lightheartedness, joy and empowerment, with some humour mixed in. Reading 'The Little Breton Bistro' was almost like going on a journey through a rainbow of every emotion under the sun. Which is what a good author and book should be able to conjure - emotions and feelings. Marianne is in her 60's and has been married to her husb...
  • Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
    I received a copy of The Little French Bistro from Penguin’s First to Read program.I was looking for something on the lighter side after reading a batch of dark, twisted thrillers and thought this tale of a middle-aged woman rediscovering herself in France would fit the bill. The book description is a bit misleading, omitting that the”dramatic moment” the main character, Marianne, experiences on the Seine is her own suicide attempt. Mariann...
  • Whispering Stories
    Marianne has had enough of her dowdy, meaningless life. She has lived with her husband for forty years, who neither loves her, nor respects her.On a trip to Paris with her husband, she quietly slips out of a dinner party and makes her way down to the river Seine. Carefully removing her few possessions, she jumps into the river hoping to end her life.Unfortunately for her, she is pulled to the bank by a homeless man, and an ambulance is called, ta...
  • Yodamom
    Beautiful, breathtaking prose, romantic, succulent foods, vivid scenery, dreamy settings, realistic lovable characters that are easily connected with and so many life awakening quotable moments. The main characters are mature, well lived, full of experiences and yet full of wonder. Oh it's fantastic. I adore this author's style. This is the second book I've read from her, the first being The Little Paris Bookshop. I loved that one but this one he...
  • Kathryn
    4.5 stars. Have you ever been desperate enough to want to escape life? To throw yourself in the Seine and end it all! No? Well Marianne does, life has passed her by, she is deeply unhappy and sees no other way out. However when her effort to bring her sad life to a close is thwarted by a stranger she eventually finds herself on the way to Brittany and possibly ready to listen to herself and her own needs and desires.The more I read on in this sto...
  • Saima Nisbet
    I've abandoned Breton Bistro in annoyance, it's not charming and life affirming but written by a simpleton and much like a romcom. It begins with someone trying to kill themselves and seemed intriguing but almost half way in, the clichés of getting a make over and the description of her transformation made me want to vomit. The other characters were a mixed bag, the couple growing old were interesting but the chef pining over fancying the waitre...
  • Leigh
    Wow... I am not sure what it is about Nina George's writing but it hits me deep within my soul. I loved "The little Paris Bookshop" and was so excited when I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, and this book did not disappoint! I am not sure if it is the richness of the characters or the exquisite picture that George's writing conjure up within my mind, plus adding a delightfully heart warming engaging story line that makes this book such an u...
  • Jess
    I almost didn't keep reading this one as the story began. I just couldn't jive with the main character and the story wasn't pulling me in.. then I set it down for a day or two... came back.. and.. BAM I was hooked. As soon as Marianne tries her first raw oyster and the luscious description of the foods prepared by Jean Remy were described, I had to know more. Nina George has such a talent for describing the locations in which she sets her books. ...
  • Claire Ellis
    A little disappointing - too many characters were too similar and became indistinguishable at times.
  • Bkwmlee
    I didn’t realize when I started reading Nina George’s The Little French Bistro that I would enjoy it as much as I did. The book was relatively short (Goodreads shows it at 336 pages but the proof copy I received was actually a little under 300 pages), yet it was rich in charm. I found it easy to get into the book from the start and truly enjoyed getting to know all of the delightful characters in a picturesque setting that was a “feel-good...
  • Calista
    If you love a book with words that sparkle, Nina George is the author for you. The prose is warm and feels like silky moonlight dancing on a warm summer pool. The Little Paris Bookshop is one of my favorite books. This did not grab me the same way as that. This is a good book and I enjoyed it. Nina does such a great job with emotions and the interplay between people in a relationship. This is about a woman who is stuck in a marriage and it opens ...
  • Karen Whittard
    I really, really, really struggled with this book. I found it very, very hard to read and to get into. Mainly because of it opening with someone killing themselves and the subsequent chapters deal with the backlash of this. Yes it is a journey of discovery ect ect. But I just couldn't make myself want to read it. I thought it was going to be a sweet happy book. But it was dark and twisted and not really for me.
  • theravengirl (salmaagroudy)
    I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Well, that was definitely one lovely journey. Nina George's books always make me feel two things: 1) that i'm hungry almost every time i pick any of her books up, and 2) that i want to pack a bag and run away somewhere. Despite the fact that George's books are about adults and the difficulties they face while trying to navigate their lives, i always feel like i'm on an ad...
  •  Lisa A
    “Life wasn’t too short: it was too long to waste unduly on non-love, non-laughter and non-decisions. And it began when you first took a risk, failed and realized that you’d survived the failure. With that knowledge, you could risk anything.”― Nina George, The Little French BistroThis story is supposed to represent a journey, beginning with a woman who is married to a domineering and cold husband. Through a series of events, Marianne end...
  • Barbara
    I hesitated buying this book. I had loved Nina George's previous novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, but the synopsis of this one put me off a little. Then, because I loved that earlier one and was looking for something with charm to listen to driving to and from the lake this summer, I bought this one.Good move, Barbara. Yes, it was heavy at the opening, as I feared from the synopsis. But once I got into it, I got INTO it.The Little French Bistro ...
  • Linda Hill
    When Marianne’s attempts at suicide are thwarted, a whole new life of possibility is revealed to her.Never having read anything by Nina George and being slightly irritated by the use of the adjective ‘little’ in so many book titles of late I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading The Little Breton Bistro as I thought it would be another lightweight formulaic read. I was completely wrong. If I’m honest, I didn’t really think th...
  • Leith Devine
    3 1/2 starsI had a hard time getting through the Little French Bistro, an unusual occurrence for me. The book was not what I had expected, and the cheery title doesn't match the story. I enjoyed Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop, and I was expecting something similar from this book.The book started out in a very depressing way, with Marianne running away from her husband to Paris and trying to kill herself. She gets to the Breton region of ...
  • Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
    Γνωρίσαμε τη Nina George μέσω του "Μικρού Παριζιάνικου Βιβλιοπωλείου" της, ένα βιβλίο που δίχασε το αναγνωστικό κοινό αλλά που κανένας δεν αμφισβήτησε την ιδιαίτερη ταυτότητά του και τον καθαρά προσωπικό του, ξεχωριστό χαρακτήρα. Φέτος, η συγγραφέας, ...
  • Barbara
    “The Little French Bistro” is a story with a message that you are never too old to find your passion and to live a full life. The story opens with a sad Marianne Messman in Paris on holiday deciding to end her miserable life. She’s been married to Lothar for forty-one browbeaten years. As the reader learns of her married years, it’s no wonder that the Seine river is looking attractive: she’s done with life. Unexpectedly, a homeless man ...
  • Karen
    Nina George is a wonderful writer. Her prose is so beautiful it makes my heart ache. I loved the first part of the book, but while the main character advanced in her journey of self-discovery I began to not like her very much. She seemed a bit wishy-washy to me and, at one point, became a very take charge type of person of unbelievable magnitude only to fall back into her former insecure state. There were a lot of superstitious beliefs, talk of g...
  • Stephen
    enjoyed this book set in brittany as a woman tries to kill herself whilst in paris and while in hospital sees a picture of brittany and heads there. whilst in Brittany she rediscovers herself and enjoys life in the small breton community.
  • Karen
    In the beginning chapters, I felt bad for Marianne’s hopeless and sad situation. In short order however, her circumstances shift, she embarks on a journey to self discovery and meets people who will be instrumental in changing the course of her life. Marianne takes one positive step after another, living a more tranquil life and growing the courage she needs to break away from her despicable husband of 40 years, Lothar. There are many interesti...
  • Suze Lavender
    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 t...
  • Lindy Schwartz
    While I think her writing can be very lovely, I didn't have much empathy for these characters. I just wanted to smack most of them upside the head and tell them to stop acting like fools.
  • Sara
    This book is so relaxing. Even the dramatic scene at the beginning that breaks your heart is just written in a way that is soothing, like a back rub. (Is that weird for me to say? I think that's weird for me to say.)The Little French Bistro is a story about a middle-aged woman who is having a mid-life crisis, and understandably so. She is stuck in a loveless marriage with a brute of a husband who gives her no respect, hardly even an acknowledgeme...
  • Karol
    I have to say, I was very disappointed with this book. The first few chapters were interesting and sucked me in, but then it went off on a dozen tangents. There were so many side characters that served no purpose and got way too much time spent on them. Halfway through the book, I wasn't even sure what it was about anymore. And I found the main character so aggravating and annoying. Her character kept changing for no reason and she couldn't make ...
  • Elyse
    Penguin First-to-Read ARCs.Overall, I enjoyed this book. But it seemed to take a long time to get there. I haven't read The Little Paris Bookshop yet and I still fully intend to as I just got it from the library. Marianne's journey was an interesting one for the most part. I enjoyed the small town of Kerdruc and its people very much. "You're not dead until you're dead" is so very true for this book. Marianne forgot how to live and how to love and...
  • Julie Durnell
    I found this enjoyable; somewhat similar to The Little Paris Bookshop. Marianne's rescue from a suicide attempt and the people she encounters along the path to finding her true self a very entertaining read of Brittany culture and food.
  • Emily
    I probably should not have entered to win this from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, seeing as I gave The Little Paris Bookshop 2 stars, but I have a bad habit of entering those giveaways when I shouldn't.This book details the plight of Marianne, a 60-year-old German woman who has been married for 41 years to a man who does not seem to love her. On a vacation to Paris, she decides to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge. She is rescued a...