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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

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.

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  • kaethe
  • EAST SANDWICH, MA, United States
  • 11-05-12

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.

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Great novel for foodies who love love stories

This was a very relaxing and entertaining novel. The food sounded amazing. The description of the restaurant was awesome. And the story was super sweet. Great book to read after a tough prior novel.

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so...

Honestly it was a story that immediately drew me in...I got wrapped up in the characters...but the end angered me...I wanted more.

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  • MC
  • 06-10-16

one of my favorite by Ms Hilderbrand!

this book is one of my favorite books by Ms Hilderbrand. I have read or listened to 10 so far, and this story drew me in, hook, line & sinker.

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A Great Listen!

Blue Bistro is one of Elin Hilderbrand's best books! It's a capturing story that keeps the listening interested and wanting more. Her stories are all based in Nantucket which gives you those feel good summer vibes any time of the year! I love all her books and this one didn't disappoint!

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Not her best work

There is much repetition, unnecessary plot themes, but still there are enjoyable characters and descriptions of Nantucket. This book has one of the best performances I have heard on Audible.

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Horrible ending.

Great book until the end. It was a let down for me. It was too long to end so badly.

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Really enjoyed.

I loved this book. It felt different than most books I've read, and I really liked that. It's is really hard to put down. I feel like the story touched me and left a lasting impression. Truely a tale of unconditional love and friendship, mixed in with class, humor, and real life. It felt so sincere. It's refreshing to find a story that feels so real.

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  • JKB
  • Edina, MN
  • 09-03-17

Interesting Story

I loved this book. A different, well told story with complex characters, insight into the world of fine dining set on the incomparable island of Nantucket.