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 the end of the world.
Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life s small moments. And, as the parts of herself she had long forgotten return to her in this new world, Marianne learns it s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.
With all the buoyant charm that made The Little Paris Bookshop a beloved bestseller, The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.
Marianne is very unhappy. Well, that’s not quite right…those words do not begin to describe her state. She is in a loveless marriage, as a matter of fact her husband is verbally abusive. And she has had enough! She decides to end her life by jumping into the Seine. A good samaratian saves her. This begins her journey to a new destiny.
Marianne starts out as a desperate, mousy woman in need of hand-holding and guidance. But she turns into a lion that ROARS! When she finally runs away she creates a wonderful new life for herself. She has a job, which she was told she could never do. She has many friends, which she was told she could never have. She toughens up and becomes the lady she knew she could be! Did I mention she is in her 60’s when she accomplished all of this!
The quaint little French village Marriane takes up residence in, is adorable. I would love to visit it one day. I could just picture it in my mind, the shops, the Bistro. All of it a sanctuary for Marianne and her new self. Because of this village there are many minor characters to keep up with. This is a little rough when you are trying to snatch 10 minutes here and there to read.
This book is really about following your dreams. Not letting convention get in the way, whether it is playing the accordion or eating pizza for breakfast. (Read the book for these references!!!)
Being true to yourself is so important.
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.