I really wanted to love this book. I loved the first book I read by Nina George, The Little Paris Bookshop, and was hoping that The Little French Bistro would bring me that same joy, but alas it did not. I didn’t hate the book by any means, but I just didn’t love it. It was more of an OK read for me.
While the plot centers around Marianne, there are so many characters and side stories that it took me until about halfway through the book to get everyone straight. And because there was so much going on, we never really got a really in depth look into any of it… even Marianne’s story itself.
And again, with so many characters, we never really got to know any of them as well as I would have liked. As someone who is very character driven, I like to get really deep into characters when I’m reading. There are so many characters that I would have liked to learn more about… Yann, Jean-Remy, Laurine, Genevieve, even Lothar!
Because I didn’t feel as connected to Marianne, I was unable to understand some of her motivations. She made some decisions that just left me baffled because I didn’t relate to her as a character. I don’t want to post any spoilers, but there were 2 pivotal instances towards the end of the book when I was left going “what the heck are you doing?”
I was left with a lot of questions at the end of the book. I felt there were a lot of plot lines that weren’t resolved for me and others just tied up too neatly, with no real explanation.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.