Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Staff
Rating: 3.75 stars
Marianne is tired of being married to her cold, selfish, and disrespectful husband. After 40 years of misery with him, she decides to end her life in the river Seine. Only the river didn’t want her and a homeless man saved her. She is brought to the hospital and her husband scolds her for making him look bad. A chance find of a tile with a sketch of a beautiful seaside Breton village of Kerduc inspired her to visit. Will the new life she begins and the new relationships she forms convince her that life is worth living?
The book starts out fairly slow. I wasn’t as quickly enchanted with Marianne as I was with the characters in George’s previous book The Little Paris Bookshop. The pace sped up once Marianne begins her journey to Kerduc and becomes an almost different book. This is where George shines with her vivid imagery, gorgeous prose, and lovely settings. I recommend The Little French Bistro to fans of Maeve Binchy and anyone who enjoys stories that capture the essence of a small setting and the rich lives of the people who live in it.