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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Book Review: The Little French Bistro

The Little French Bistro by Nina George

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I feel like I need to begin this review by letting you know that I think Nina George is a phenomenal writer. Her book, The Little Paris Bookshop, was far and away one of my favorite books of last year. So, when I saw that she had a new book coming out, I was super excited. Unfortunately, I think some of my excitement may have led to some disappointment.

For me, The Little French Bistro was a slow read, and one that I struggled to get into. I generally have a rule that if you don't "get into" a book, you put it aside because there are far too many books to spend time on one you are struggling on. However, this author is a beautiful writer. So, even though it moved significantly slower than her previous book, I was still so in love with her flowery sentences and evocative language that I stuck it out.

Nina George does know how to write an impressive, moving, lyrical sentence. It is what made me keep going even when I struggled with connecting to these characters or the plot. Another issue may have been that there are many instances of foreign language in this novel. This may make me sound dumb or unsophisticated, but I do not speak any other language, so I feel like I missed a lot of what was happening in the novel. Of course, I understand I could have researched these terms, but I really was wanting to read this book for pleasure and escape. *Please don't judge me too harshly for saying so.*

With that being said, if you are a fan of books featuring an older demographic and women come into their own late in life, you will most likely enjoy this book. George is an excellent writer and I probably would have liked this book more if I had not read her previous work and had such high hopes. It might also just be because I am in summer mindset and needing some beach reads, and this one did not fit in this category.

* I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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