The Blue Bistro

Elin Hilderbrand

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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 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…

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Chapter One
Breakfast
 
Adrienne needed a job.
 
She arrived on Nantucket Island with two maxed-out credit cards, forty borrowed dollars, and three rules scribbled on an Amtrak cocktail napkin. She spent seven of the dollars on a dorm bed at the hostel in Surfside and slept with the cocktail napkin under her pillow. When she awoke the next morning in a room full of slumbering college students, she read the rules again. Rule One: Become self-sufficient. Rule Two: Do not lie about past. Rule Three: Exercise good judgment about men.

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“A perfectly enjoyable beach book.”–Publishers Weekly

“Hilderbrand keeps thing moving briskly in between sumptuous descriptions of food, drink, and tableware, throwing in an in-depth lesson on the restaurant business for good measure. Fun, stylish, and absorbing vacation reading.”–Booklist

“Hilderbrand adds depth to the novel with her multifaceted characters. The restaurant comes alive with believable conflicts between the staff and patrons. But the love story between Adrienne and Thatcher is the jewel of the novel. Together they discover the meaning of devotion and the rarity of real love.”–Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine

“This brand-new book is sure to become a summer favorite.”–ReadersDigest.com (chosen as their #1 Unforgettable Beach Read)

“A wonderful, wonderful love story…the kind that you read, then recommend to many, many friends—and so, I recommend it to you. Highly.”—James Patterson, bestselling author of Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

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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.

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The Blue Bistro
Elin Hilderbrand

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
May 2006
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312992620
ISBN10: 0312992629
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
$7.99

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Macmillan Audio
August 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427222695
ISBN10: 142722269X
Audio Run Time: 14:30
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St. Martin's Griffin
June 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250059703
ISBN10: 1250059704
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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Trade Paperback
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St. Martin's Griffin
May 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312628260
ISBN10: 0312628269
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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May 2010
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ISBN: 9781429905497
ISBN10: 1429905492
336 pages
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