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The Blue Bistro: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2006
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“A perfectly enjoyable beach book.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Hilderbrand keeps thing moving briskly in between sumptuous descriptions of food, drink, and tableware, throwing in an in-depth lesson on the restaurant business for good measure. Fun, stylish, and absorbing vacation reading.” ―Booklist
“Hilderbrand adds depth to the novel with her multifaceted characters. The restaurant comes alive with believable conflicts between the staff and patrons. But the love story between Adrienne and Thatcher is the jewel of the novel. Together they discover the meaning of devotion and the rarity of real love.” ―Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine
“This brand-new book is sure to become a summer favorite.” ―ReadersDigest.com (chosen as their #1 Unforgettable Beach Read)
“A wonderful, wonderful love story…the kind that you read, then recommend to many, many friends--and so, I recommend it to you. Highly.” ―James Patterson, bestselling author of Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
From the Back Cover
AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY LEADS TO…
Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she is desperate to earn some fast money. When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket's hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business...and they share an instant attraction.
A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE…
But there is a mystery about their situation: What is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro's chef, who captures Thatcher's attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in its final season before closing its doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether she'll move on, as she always does―or finally open her heart…
"A wonderfully poignant behind-the-scenes journey into the world of high-end restaurants, island life, and the inner workings of the human heart. A great summer story."
―Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks; First edition (May 30, 2006)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312992629
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312992620
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 1.01 x 7.83 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #664,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Having discovered Elin Hilderbrand's books later in her career, I quickly fell in love with her more recent works. This summer, I thought it would be the perfect time to revisit Nantucket and delve into some of her earlier works. Unfortunately, I've found them to be average, at best.
The Blue Bistro, however, intrigued me. The up-close-and-personal look at the upscale restaurant business was fascinating, as were the larger-than-life characters portrayed in this story. And let's face it, every time I picked this book up, I found myself heading to the kitchen for a snack. The descriptions of the meals had my mouth watering incessantly.
Unfortunately, I didn't love Thatcher or Fiona's characters, and didn't have much sympathy for either. The ending of the book was pedestrian at best and sort of left the reader hanging. It's a shame too, as this could have been a 4 star book for me.
It's has real life situations, relationships that inspired me to fall into the book and think what I would do in each of their lives. One can make more of this book other than simply another read. Truth is expressed in this book in my eyes. What happens when patrons come in to this high end restaurant and make one feel absolutely of great value yet do they feel the same when one is out and about at a party!?!? Interesting.
What's the entanglement between Feona, Thatcher and Adrienne?!
A great book if you desire light reading and beautiful scenery and relationships!
I didn't find it depressing at all; if it was real life story decisions made in this book would be the same in real life. Each character brings his/her own value. I loved this book! I didn't want it to end!