You really can’t judge a book by its cover, or at least its back cover. On the back cover for The Little French Bistro by Nina George I read “Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage.” I immediately judged what this book was going to be about and judged that I was not going to like it. Luckily about a quarter into the book I realized this was not a book about a woman trying to get out of her marriage.
Marianne is in a loveless and unhappy marriage. She is so unhappy that she does not want to continue living. While on a trip to Paris with her husband she tries to jump into a river and when she is pulled out she is unhappy and continues to find a way to end her life. Along the way she ends up in a little coastal town where she is accepted by the people and begins to love life. Loving life doesn’t necessarily come easy for her and she often questions her decisions. I appreciated the confusion that Marianne feels.
While the book is mostly about Marianne and her struggle to discover herself it is also the story of a group of people in this tiny town Marianne ends up in. The are quirky and they are just as lost as she is. They all have things they are also trying to figure out. I really enjoyed reading a book about older people struggling with who they are. So many books are written about young people struggling to figure out life it was refreshing to see that just because you have lived longer doesn’t necessarily mean you have all the answers. This is a book about feeling lost in one’s own life and trying to find yourself. It is also about learning not to hide yourself, your yearnings and your skills.
The book mostly takes place in a coastal town in France and George does a great job of describing the town. She makes you feel as if you are right there with Marianne. It was a gorgeous experience.
Thanks to Blogging For Books for my copy of The Little French Bistro in exchange for an honest review.