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Monday, July 29, 2013

"The Blue Bistro" by Elin Hilderbrand~Nantucket Summer!


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.

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…


Publisher:  St. Martins
Pages:  384
Genre:  Fiction
Author  Elin Hilderbrand


Elin Hilderbrand is the author of The Island, Nantucket Nights, and Summer People, among others. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in Seventeen, The Massachusetts Review, and The Colorado Review. She lives with her husband, Chip Cunningham, and their two sons in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Thought I would bring you something completely different today and hook you into a YouTube review of "The Blue Bistro" by a young adult reader.  This one is fairly clear and has made some strong points about the book.  Cute!  Listen...



I found this another engaging, quick read by Elin Hilderbrand.  It's not a "fluffy" beach read and it's not going to win any prizes, either, but it's good, solid reading.  I love the way she draws her characters and the way she puts them into realistic settings and time frames.  Her descriptions of Nantucket life alone are worth reading her books.

This brooding love story is pure Hilderbrand.  Relating the main character's search for a summer job working in a restaurant, it tells about an unexpected happenstance for her and the handsome restaurateur. And, as love and hot summer kitchens will have it...the two come together over mysteries and foodies.

It is especially fun to read about the ins and outs of restaurants behind the scenes.  I had an eye-opener where that was concerned.  And, I always love to hear more about Nantucket and the quirky people who actually live there year 'round.  So this book will bring great pleasure to those looking for that.

Elin Hilderbrand always brings the goods for her readers:  a good story, a trip to Nantucket, some love and some mystery, and a fairly fast-paced story.  Can't beat that for the summer or any time!

4 stars                  Deborah/TheBookishDame



When Hilderbrand was here she said this is her favorite of all her books. I bought a copy but haven't read it yet.

MK McClintock

I don't normally read contemporary, but this one sounds like a fun summer story. I love food and mystery too! :) Thanks for the review Deb!

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