The Little French Bistro by Nina George
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Have you ever come across an author and wondered why you haven’t come across them before? This is how I felt about Nina George, a French author who has now written TWO of my favorite books and I’m so glad that we have translators in the publishing world so that I would read The Little French Bistro.
We open in this book with our main character deciding that she is tired of her life, a life that she hasn’t lived, and so decides that she’ll end her life in Paris, a city she has always wanted to visit. But her wish is denied by a passer-by and she essentially runs away to find a place where she could take her life.
As Marianne who makes her way across the French countryside to the coast of Brittany, a colorful place where she feels as though she may finally be able to do as she wishes with her life, without anyone else telling her what to do. As Marianne continues to find a reason to take her life, she lives each day to its fullest, and she discovers that she no longer wants to take her life, she just wants to live her life her way. And she discovers that it is never too late in life to live the life that she wants.
I absolutely loved this book, and I rarely read contemporary books, but there’s just something about the way Nina George writes that makes me want to keep reading her books. She pulls you into the story and you want nothing more than to experience the life that she gives her characters, and it always seems to be the most idyllic way of life EVER! Granted, I know that I wouldn’t be able to live the life she gives her characters, but it would be amazing if I could anyway.
What I loved most about this book is that Marianne, the main character, learns that her life that she has been living isn’t what she wanted. It’s never been what she’s wanted and so she’s decided to finally take her life into her own hands and do what she wants to do for a change. Granted, that change is to, you know, take her life away, but it is her decision. But afterward, when her life was saved, it’s when she trying to decide whether or not she wants to actually take her life away that she learns that she wants to have her life to be her life, not anyone else’s life. She gains the courage to live her life, and I love that story, so much!
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