Marianne Messman longs to escape her loveless marriage to an uncaring husband – an artillery sergeant major named Lothar. On a day trip to Paris, Marianne decides to leap off the Pont Neuf into the Seine, but she is saved from drowning by a homeless man. While recovering in hospital, Marianne comes across a painting of the tiny port town of Kerdruc in Brittany and decides to try her luck on the coast.
In Kerdruc, Marianne meets a host of colourful characters who all gravitate around the restaurant of Ar Mor (The Sea). It is this cast of true Bretons who become Marianne’s new family, and among whom she will find love once again. But with her husband looking to pull her back to her old life, Marianne is left with a choice: to step back into the known, or to take a huge jump into an exciting and unpredictable future.
The little Paris bookshop also by Nina George is on my TRB pile, well after reading The little Breton Bistro it has been rapidly moved to the top!
The book surrounds the life of Marianne and her escape to a new life. The book begins as Marianne decides she can no longer live her loveless life, controlled and down trodden by her husband she feels her only option is to take her own life. With a beginning like this i feared the story would be a rather sad one. I was very wrong, yes there are sad moments in this book but there are also uplifting and beautiful moments too.
As different characters are introduced you gradually untangle the web of lives within the story. You learn the background of each new character as there story goes alongside Marianne’s.
I was rooting for Marianne all the way through, urging her to grab the new life she had found.
A truly beautiful story with descriptions of France so real if you closed your eyes you could almost imagine you were there.
Thank you to Netgalley , Little, brown book group & Abacus books for allowing me to review this book.Click here to buy