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The Blue Bistro

Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (507 ratings)
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How steamy is it? Simmering

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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • Toni M.
  • Saguache, Colorado
  • 03-08-19

Stars are not indicative of my rating!

I am only giving the Blue Bistro two stars. Kept waiting for a little suspense, some of Elins juicy gossip but only got a ho-hum love story. Don’t hold your breath for a good ending!

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Loved this book!

This story has a lot of heart and some bittersweet moments. I hated to see it end!

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Cute story

This was a very cute story, the only thing it lacked was, for me, believability in certain parts. Well written, descriptive. As predictable as most books I've read, but something left me a little cold at times throughout. Overall I enjoyed most of it, so 4 starts from me.

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great but....

i loved this book and could not stop listening but the ending was not enough.

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Missing the Ending

For some reason, Ms. Hilderbrand chose not to write an ending to this novel. If she had, I probably would've given it five stars. So, I took the liberty of writing my own ending. Here goes: Thatcher buys a little cottage on the beach and, even though Adrienne is hesitant at first, he finally convinces her to move in with him. Thatcher bankrolls Antonio and Mario's New restaurant and becomes a partner. When the restaurant opens the next summer, it becomes an instant hit. At first people come because of the provenance of Fiona and the Blue Bistro but they come back because of the unique and creative food. When Adrienne is convinced that Thatcher is healed enough, she finally marries him and they start a family.
I'm sure Ms. Hilderbrand could write a better ending but since she didn't, this one will have to do.
So, if you don't like stories with nice, tidy endings, don't bother with this book. Otherwise, go for it!