“The Little French Bistro”–Review

51fN2ZGIF4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_After 41 years, Marianne is fed up with her loveless marriage. For years, she’s felt so unworthy, so unloved because of her husband’s controlling ways. Finally realizing her life has passed her by, Marianne decides life is no longer worth living—until she is saved. Finding herself in Brittany, the northwestern part of France, she is swept up by a new life at Ar Mor (the Sea) restaurant, where she meets Yann, the handsome painter; Genevieve, the restaurant owner; Jean-Remy, the heartbroken chef; and many others.

While she takes in her new surroundings, along with getting to know the locals, Marianne starts to find a forgotten version of herself.  Even though she’s often afraid, she learns what it means to truly live again. However, her past still beckons her, and that’s when she needs to decide if she’s meant to return to her old life or to push it aside for a better future.

Although I liked the storyline, the book was leaving me in a bit of a slump. I felt I couldn’t really connect with the characters. I’m less than halfway through with the book, so I just might finish it to see if it may change my perspective. No matter, I don’t discourage anyone from reading a book I didn’t really enjoy. Perhaps you’ll feel differently. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

About the author: Nina George is the author of the bestselling international phenomenon, The Little Paris Bookshop, as well as numerous other books that have been published around the world. She also works as a journalist, a writer, an advocate for author rights, and a storytelling teacher. She lives with her husband in Berlin, Germany, and Brittany, France.

FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.


“The Little Paris Bookshop”–A Review

51Vu-F8bxOL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_A warm and charming tale of love, loss, and the power of reading.

Book lovers from near and far know that the best medicine is great literature.  Having a “literary pharmacist” to turn to is a plus.  That’s where Monsieur Perdu comes in.  Perdu considers himself the literary apothecary.  From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, Perdu prescribes particular books for times of hardships.  He knows how to mend broken hearts and souls with the right books for his customers.  Although he knows how to heal others, Perdu can’t seem to heal himself through literature.

After 20 years since his true love vanished from his life, Perdu is left with his grief, regrets, and the unopened letter his love left him.  When he’s finally ready to read the letter, he drops everything and heads out on a mission south of France, in hopes he’ll finally be able to make peace with his loss and to be happy again.  Accompanying him on his journey is Max Jordan, a bestselling author who also is battling his personal demons, and Salvo Cuneo, a lovelorn Italian chef who also is searching for his happiness.

This book is definitely worth the read.  The writing, itself, was excellent.  What I liked was that, after 20 years of grief, Perdu realizes he’s had enough of staying within his comfort zone and just takes off.  He was tired of feeling sorry for himself, blaming himself, and letting life pass him by.  He was finally able to see parts of the world of which he never dreamed.  He realized, while he could still show the literary world the power of books, it wasn’t too late to help himself.

As always, feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

About the author: Nina George is a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher.  She also writes science thrillers, novels, feature articles, short stories, and columns.  The Little Paris Bookshop was on the bestseller lists in Germany for more than a year, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands.  George is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg and in Brittany, France.

FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.