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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 restau...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2005)
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Kate Worth
The Blue Bistro is about a woman in her late twenties named Adrienne who comes to a crisis point in her life after her boyfriend, a drug addicted, unemployed loser, steals her life savings and thousands more from her employer. She turns him in to the police and flees town, heading to Nantucket where she hopes to find the next in a long line of hotel resort jobs she has worked since graduating from college.

Adrienne has made a string of bad romantic choices, opting consistently for men who are emo...more
Karen
Took this on a flight recently - perfectly light and digestible - just what I needed to while away 17 hours in the air. Set in Nantucket, story centers around the Blue Bistro, her staff and her patrons. Just enough romance without being too gushy. I will look for more Elin Hilderbrand to read during the summer (as I think she is the perfect author to read while you are laying in the sun).
Allison
Every so often I like to pretend I'm an open-minded person. So, one day, when I am innocently shelving this book in the course of my library duties, and for some reason it catches my eye, I check it out and think to myself, why not? I almost never read this kind of thing, so why not try something that goes against my grain? After all, I reason, as a writer, shouldn't I read as widely and voraciously as possible, including stuff I wouldn't normally?

And hey, I like mental mashed potatoes, fluffy...more
Emily
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Ellen
Elin Hilderbrand is such a wonderful writer. I seriously could not put this book down and read it in a day. I loved reading about Nantucket and the high-end restaurant business--the employees were like a real family. Adrienne, Thatcher and Finoa were great characters--I want to know more! This is recommended!
Holly Schindler
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Alli
Quick Summary - The Blue Bistro follows a woman with a transient lifestyle as a hotel concierge who starts a job as a Nantucket restaurant assistant manager after being left penniless by her scumbag boyfriend. Over the course of the novel she learns the ways of the restaurant world, rubs shoulders with important and wealthy Nantucket residents, makes friends, and finds love.

The Blue Bistro is an okay beach read - I went in with exactly those expectations and, after the slow-ish start up, was fa...more
Kathleen Crowell
Okay, I just didn't get the obsessive friendship between Fiona and Thatcher. It sure seemed one-sided--all on Thatcher's side. I felt for Fiona, who wouldn't but show a little something--ANYTHING that resembles warmth or friendship. Sure I get really strong, solid friendship--but why did this friendship have to be sooo dramatic to the exclusion of all else for Thatcher? That said, there were some really touching moments between Thatcher and Adrienne--not fully developed, but I felt them. I was t...more
Lisa
Yet another instance if me longing for half stars! lol... I give this novel a very solid 4.5, though it is in the bubble of five for me.

Mrs. Hildebrand is an excellent writer with a unique story telling method. Although I typically prefer an intense murder/thriller/mystery or a soft, quick-to-read and always happilybending romance, I find myself drawn to her books.

I am not sure how the booksellers (or the author herself), classify this book; I am dubbing it "drama". I guess that is likely my own...more
kim-d
I really liked this book...until I got to the last few pages. It ended so abruptly and not in keeping with the rest of the book...it was like the author got sick of writing it and just wanted to end it as quickly as possible. It was a fairly lengthy book, so why not add a few more pages and have a more well-developed ending; I think it would have been worth it.

With Elin Hilderbrand books, you always pretty much know what you're going to get but, since this one was set in a restaurant, it was a...more
Laurel-Rain
When Adrienne Dealey arrives on Nantucket Island, she is broke, rudderless, and running from a life of lost connections and relationship woes.

A motherless child at twelve, most of Adrienne's life has been about fleeing from the past.

On her first day in Nantucket, she meets Thatcher Smith, one of the owners of the Blue Bistro, a legend in its own time, famous for its cuisine and its reclusive chef and co-owner, Fiona Kemp.

When Thatcher hires her, he also lets her know that this summer is the fina...more
Paula
Rating 4.5

I loved this book. It was fun, refreshing, and as enticing as the menu at the Blue Bistro. The atmosphere created in the restaurant was irresistible and made me want to be there (which is saying a lot since I would never work in a restaurant in real life). I thought the characters were wonderful and I loved the mysteriousness in the novel - It made it very hard to put down. The main character, Thatcher, reminded me of a younger version of Danielle Steel's Cooper Winslow (who I adored)...more
Jaime Arkin
I really really wish that goodreads would implement half stars - I truly enjoyed this book - I'd probably give it a 3.5 stars - but I didn't want to mark it down to three.

at 28, Adrienne Dealey has had pretty bad luck when it comes to relationships in her life. The latest was a doozy! Doug ended up stealing all her savings and stealing from customers of the resort she managed and in order to get some perspective she decides to leave town for the summer, heading to Nantucket.

On her ferry trip, a...more
Jennefer
After having loved Hilderbrand's books, Silver Girl, Barefoot, The Island, etc. I am on a mission to read all of Hilderbrand’s books! Which led me to The Blue Bistro and just like her others this book did not disappoint! In fact I think this is one of my top favorites from her thus far. I have to say I was getting sick of all the cheating Elin likes to incorporate into most stories and thou there was still mention of this with a side character it wasn’t the main focus in this story.
The Blue Bis...more
Heather
When I first started reading this book, I didn't love it. I thought the description of all the restaurant activity was unnecessary. I kept wondering, "Where is this GOING?" Also, the boss in the story irritated me by not only encouraging his assistant manager to drink, but practically forcing her to drink while she worked. Why would a recovering alcoholic who has to attend AA meetings push alcohol onto someone he cares about?

But I kept reading.

Eventually, the boss grew on me by his undying and...more
Melissa Kayden
Another good book by Hilderbramd, although I have preferred her mire recent (and involved) books. I liked seeing some familiar names from The Beach Club, but also liked Adrienne. I thought that the relationship between Thatcher and Fiona could have even more explanation that we got at the end, but other than that a great books with lots of great characters.
Judy
Loved it!! I still think about those crackers they ate at night!
Claire
I can not stop reading Elin Hildebrand's novels!
Holly
Adrienne Dealey is a young girl who has spent the better part of her life moving around changing schools, chasing jobs and bad boy friends. While leaving Colorado and a boyfriend who stole all her money, she ends up in Nantucket at the Blue Bistro due to a passing comment from a fellow passenger on the ferry ride over. Adrienne ends up the assistant manager there and in a relationship with the manager/owner Thatcher Smith. I found the kitchen dynamics more interesting than the romance between Ad...more
Vandrion
What an amazing find. I was just passing by the book table at BJ's and happened to spot this book (mine is actually a double book, also including "The Love Season," which I now look forward to). It was about $10, and I thought that was quite a steal for two books so I got it. Normally I am hesitant with authors I've never heard of and have not already received a recommendation on, but for that price I thought I really couldn't go wrong.

This book was both delicious, and real. When I say delicious...more
Loralee
This was a perfect summer read; classy and elegant but not pretentious. Think the White Party in the Hamptons. Think steamers and cold beer on your favorite beach. Think champagne and fireworks on an old quilt in the backyard.

The driving force of this story were the three main characters, Adrienne, the narrator, Thatcher Smith, the proprietor and Fiona Kemp the charismatic and mysterious chef. All the characters, even the minor ones, were presented with the consistency of a seasoned and talente...more
Kendra
Elin Hilderbrand's obsession with Nantucket is nearly as suffocating as Emily Giffin's obsession with New York City. The one thing both women can do is tell a story that makes you not care if the story was based out of a garbage can in Chicago.

I couldn't put The Blue Bistro down. From page one I was hooked and the story never let me go. Adrienne is a likable enough character, the kind of girl you trust because while she isn't a bitch, she isn't a pushover, either. She has bad taste in men and a...more
Linda
Elin Hilderbrand's, The Blue Bistro, was a fun book to read in the summer. The story takes place in Nantucket which is always a great location to read about in the summer months.

The Blue Bistro is a fine dining restaurant located directly on the beach of Nantucket. The author presents inticing images of Nantucket.
The owners of this magnificient restuarant are Thatcher Smith and Fiona Kemp. They are long-time friends from childhood and they have a powerful bond to one another. Thatcher, a very co...more
Julie Barrett
The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildenbrand
Food menu sounds delicious! Last summer for the bistro to be open on Nantucket Island in MA. Adrian Deely was just on the island from Colorado with borrowed money and a lot of debt. She ends up in a room with other college girls and goes to apply for a job at the bistro.
Thatcher Smith is the owner and he agrees to let her work at the bistro. Love how the bar is blue and the story behind it. The job of hostessing and accepting reservations was something she like...more
Robert Palmer
I believe this book would be called a summer read or beach book,somewhat out of my comfort zone,however that's what's about a book group, you are introduced to books you wouldn't usually even look at ,and that's a good thing,however this one did not work for me. I did enjoy reading the about the restaurant "the blue bistro" and every thing that is happening behind the scenes of a pricey,high end restaurant , the chef Fiona,the many other cooks,the bussers,the wait staff and floor manger. I will...more
Kelly Renee
My coworker recommended that I read this because it was her favorite book (...) and I would like to say that I was relieved that it wasn't the typical beach, romance novel I was expecting from Hilderbrand (and the cover art. This novel was truly focused on the restaurant industry, with a very subtle and non-obtrusive romance going on in the background. The reason I gave this 2 stars instead of the 3 I was planning on giving it as a simple, easy book that I amused me, is my issue with the main ch...more
Beth
This is the first book I've read by this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. A Bookcrossing friend of mine loaned it to me, and assured me it would be perfect for my upcoming beach trip. How right she was!!

The author weaved an interesting story, with a perfect mix of just the right number of characters, each character being well-developed and intriguing. I really enjoyed reading about life on Nantucket, as well as the restaurant life -- which I admittedly don't know much about. I always lo...more
Caroline
I read this 324 page book over a time span of 37 hours. I couldn't put it down. The author managed to combine 2 of my great loves: food/restaurants and for the reading. What could I possibly enoy more than reading a book set in a thriving Nantucket bistro? Ms. Hilderbrand hooked me at the first page with the scrumptious menu for the last summer season at The Blue Bistro. I find this author's novels to be a great vehicle for escapism, and this book did not dissapoint. At times, I found the descri...more
Carrie
This book made me hungry! Nomadic, heartbroken woman goes to Nantucket with three rules: Become self-sufficient, do not lie about past, and exercise good judgement about men. She does a good job with the first two, but the third one gets her in deep. She lands a job as hostess at a top restaurant and begins to pay back her debts. She tells the truth about her mother. Her downfall is the guy she falls for, and his best (female) friend and chef at the restaurant, who is, of course, about to die fr...more
Brooke Moss
This story was great, but I am a sucker for a Nantucket based book, as I spent a summer on the island working as a nanny. Oh, the stories I could tell. I was completely sucked into this story and looked forward to my reading time every day during my son's naptime. This book was romantic, but angsty enough to feel painfully "real". The only think I craved was a teensy, tiny bit more "heat" when the hero and heroine were together. But...that having been said, I didn't feel like it left the story l...more
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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