Book Review - The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George
Publication Date: 2 March 2017
"Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage to an uncaring husband - an artillery sergeant major named Lothar. On a day trip to Paris, Marianne decides to leap off the Pont Neuf into the Seine, but she is saved from drowning by a homeless man. While recovering in hospital, Marianne comes across a painting of the tiny port town of Kerdruc in Brittany and decides to try her luck on the coast.
In Kerdruc, Marianne meets a host of colourful characters who all gravitate around the restaurant of Ar Mor (The Sea). It is this cast of true Bretons who become Marianne's new family, and among whom she will find love once again. But with her husband looking to pull her back to her old life, Marianne is left with a choice: to step back into the known, or to take a huge jump into an exciting and unpredictable future."
The beginning of this book was surprising, there was a sombre atmosphere that hit me unexpectedly. For some reason I was concerned about the outcome of the situation before I even had the chance to become familiar with the characters. Quite an achievement I think! Next came a feeling of desperation and sadness which made me want to reach into the book and give Marianne a hug, she was someone who really needed to be shown some love.
When Marianne took those first steps to finding out who she truly wanted to be I almost punched the air in victory, it was a fabulous moment.
As the storyline progressed I found myself giggling at the antics of the characters in front of me. I wasn't sure Marianne would fit in to begin with because the others seemed so vibrant and full of life, but then I figured they were just the kind of people she should be surrounding herself with! There were a few bumps in the road during the pages that followed but Marianne continued to transform into someone new and I felt honoured to be joining her on that journey.
This was a romantic and beautiful read that touched me in completely unexpected ways. It left me contemplating life and reminded me that you can achieve anything if you're determined enough.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.