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The Blue Bistro | [Elin Hilderbrand]

The Blue Bistro

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Elin Hilderbrand, author of the enchanting Summer People and The Beach Club, invites you to experience the perfect getaway with her sparkling new novel.

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, that 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 to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does. Infused with intimate Nantucket detail and filled with the warmth of passion and the breeze of doubt, The Blue Bistro is perfect summer listening.

©2005 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2012 Macmillan

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    Megan Streamwood, IL, United States 10-08-12
    Megan Streamwood, IL, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Blue Depression"

    I read the Castaways and Silver Girl and really appreciated both of them however this one had absolutely NO substance what-so-ever. I've never needed a happy ending and I didn't expect everything to come together in rainbows and ponies... however this did nothing. It was not a good or bad ending....it just ended. There is so much more detail put on the mundane details of a restaurant than the characters themselves! This character supposedly falls head over heals in love with the owner however there is nothing - in my opinion- enchanting or lovable about him! I see no pull or attraction there ... the whole story was worse than bad... it was blah! I would prefer a bad story to an uneventful one. Do NOT waste your time or money.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    kaethe EAST SANDWICH, MA, United States 11-05-12
    kaethe EAST SANDWICH, MA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A true picture of Nantucket Island in season"
    What did you love best about The Blue Bistro?

    As a Cape Codder I can say that this book captured Nantucket life during the season and showed us the quiet side post season too. My favorite of Hilderbrand's books and I have read them all. The characters are real and likable. The humor is subtle and accurate as we see the crazy summer life at a popular restaurant frequented by people who have more money than they can count. Having worked in a Cape restaurant in my youth, I found this portrayal most accurate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blue Bistro?

    The ending...perfect....Nantucket in September when the characters can be themselves without the pressures of 'job' frenetically keeping them occupied. The main characters are credible and people you'd like to meet over a glass of wine.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is able to capture the irony in Adrienne's voice as she experiences restaurant life at the height of season on Nantucket. The softness of Thatcher's voice comes across too. Seeing the story through her eyes brings it to life even more than if you read the book. I have read it and listened, so I know....The tone of Adrienne's father's voice brings the "doctor' into the story in a way that quickly explains the closeness of Adrienne's childhood with her dad.


    If you could rename The Blue Bistro, what would you call it?

    No suggestion. I like the title. The story revolves around life at the busy restaurant during its last season.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 05-03-14
    Leah 05-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to The Blue Bistro the most enjoyable?

    The setting on Nantucket; the famous Blue Bistro Restaurant with the intertwined staff and patrons and how real it really was.


    What other book might you compare The Blue Bistro to and why?

    None so far. This is it's own book!


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christina brought great life to "ALL" the characters; drawing me right in as one in the onlooking crowd. She was excellent!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Blue Bistro and why?

    That is impossible for me to choose one. They all had a descriptive part. The main ones being Adrienne, Thatcher, Feona and Mario. The book focused around the first three.


    Any additional comments?

    Nantucket what a place to visit through the eyes of Elin Hildebrand! I am a first time reader of this author and wish there would have been a sequel!! "The Blue Bistro" is an easy read or listen all captured in three months. A high class restaurant on the island of Nantucket where the scenery is breathtaking. Adrienne, Thatcher, Feona are the main characters however the restaurant crew and patrons become a descriptive part in this book.

    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!

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    Jeanne Keeler AUSTIN, TX, US 04-10-13
    Jeanne Keeler AUSTIN, TX, US 04-10-13
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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about The Blue Bistro?

    The restaurant scenes.


    Would you recommend The Blue Bistro to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, the descriptions make you feel like you are on the island.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character voices


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reaction


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-09-12
    Colleen Sterling, United States Minor Outlying Islands 12-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The heroine was supposed to be a top notch hotel concierge, but made amateur mistakes as hostess at the restaurant, that was irritating. Like taking a reservation without getting a phone number/name. Plus, of all the Elin Hildebrand books I have listened to, this one was my least favorite, it went on too long!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The behind the scenes aspect of a well heeled bustling restaurant was fascinating, plus the story of the the dual owners relationship. The restaurant staff characters were really well drawn. Many of the items on the restaurants menu I have found locally at real restaurants, such as lamb lollipops and steak frites... I wonder if the chef read the book!


    Have you listened to any of Christina Delaine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes definitely. It''s Elin Hildebrand!


    Any additional comments?

    Aside from being much too long and doubting the validity of the hostess's competence, it was a good read. Can't miss one in a series!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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