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Author: Helen Pollard

Published: 26 August 2016
Reviewed: 25 September 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

My Thoughts & Review:

Having read and enjoyed The Little French Guesthouse I was delighted to read this sequel and to catch up Rupert and Emmy.  One of the nicest things about this book is that it picks up right where the first book left off, meaning the reader can instantly continue with a wonderful story and equally wonderful characters.  This can be read as a standalone book, there is enough information to give the back stories however, with writing as lovely this you really shouldn’t deprive yourself of book 1.

Without recapping book 1 or retelling the story of this book, I will say that nothing goes as plain sailing for Emmy as it should.  Catastrophes to be averted, outlandish behaviour to mitigate and the return of Emmy’s nemesis are just some of the challenges to be faced.  The story is funny, endearing, entertaining and gives the reader that ‘feel good factor’.

Once again, Helen Pollard has created a story that pulls the reader in, wraps them up in the beautiful French countryside and makes them feel like they’re at home.  The descriptions of the settings feel so familiar, almost as if they were physical memories from a holiday at La Cour des Roses rather than just remembering from the previous book.
As previously, the characters are fantastically created, each one has their own charm and appeal (or lack thereof in certain cases!).

All too often with a sequel the story stalls, the book is never as good as the first and you feel like you’ve wasted your time reading it, but this sequel swiftly avoids those pitfalls, this is a wonderful book.

You can buy a copy of Return to the Little French Guesthouse here.

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Author: Helen Pollard

Published: 28 April 2016
Reviewed: 23 September 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

Description:

Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it?

When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can’t wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they’ve barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner’s cougar wife.

Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked. Feeling somewhat responsible, and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine, heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîtes will help keep her mind off her misery.

Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and the infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory.

Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light; Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, family, and everything she’s ever worked for, to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday – wouldn’t it?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Little French Guesthouse is the first book in the series by Helen Pollard.  Set in the beautiful French countryside, the reader is instantly immersed in drama when Emmy rushes find Gloria after Rupert has a heart attack and finds Gloria and her boyfriend in a compromising position.  Emmy is devastated at the discovery, and soon Nathan breaks her heart completely by leaving with Gloria.  Ever the kind soul, Emmy offers to help Rupert running the business, and soon finds herself so busy she has no time to dwell on what happened with Nathan.

The descriptiveness of the narrative is utterly superb, Pollard conveys such a rich image of the French countryside, the châteaux, the gîtes and the market come alive through her writing.  The characters are interesting and for the most part likeable, Emmy is one of those characters that many readers will instantly connect with and be rooting for.   The subsequent friendship that forms between Emmy and Rupert is a delight to read.

The book itself is an easy and enjoyable read, the writing flows well and readers can easily become immersed in the story and the picturesque settings.  A perfect read for a quiet Sunday afternoon!

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book Return to the Little French Guesthouse

You can buy a copy of The Little French Guesthouse here.

 

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