Thursday, May 18, 2017

Peasreads: The Little French Bistro

Cover photo from the First to Read site, I do not own this image.

The Little French Bistro is a novel by Nina George, about Marianne, a woman in her 60's who is in a loveless marriage. Forty years of her husband's indifference towards her. That in itself was heartbreaking to me. The book starts off smack dab in the middle of a chaotic and intense scene in Paris where Marianne has finally had enough of her life and attempts to end it. She is unsuccessful, but the attempt leads her down a path of self discovery. A path where she discovers that life with all it's ups and downs, sorrows, joys, and heartache are worth living.
There were so many characters in this book. Their stories were interesting and the characters themselves were well written. It just got a little confusing at times trying to keep everyone sorted. At the end there were no strings left untied, which was good in some ways. Every one's story had a conclusion, that doesn't always happen in life. Some stories take years, while others take weeks to come to the chapters end.
There was also so much going on not only with the characters but other worldly things. I love fantasy, Druid lore and books of that nature. It just seemed that the author just threw some elements in but there was no time to really develop that aspect of the story.
Nina George did a great job writing the raw emotions of her characters. There were times I could truly relate to some of them. I could feel the despair and emptiness Marianne felt. I could empathize with her sadness and longing. When she felt joy it shone through the pages.
This book is not a clean read. There's abuse (emotional from Marianne's husband) and sexual encounters.
I liked this book okay. I just didn't love it. The story concept was good. Too much going on maybe. I would still pick up a book by this author to see if her other novels are better.

The Little French Bistro: A Novel
Author: Nina George
Publisher Crown/Archetype, 2017
ISBN 0451495608, 9780451495600
Length 336 pages
Genre Fiction  Romance Contemporary

Would I read it again? No.
Would I recommend it? No.
Would I recommend it for kids? No.
Not a clean read.

2.5 stars
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
 4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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I received this book FREE from First to Read.  I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.  All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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