Friday 29 April 2016

Review of The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard - Four **


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 gĂ®tes 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?


This book reeled me in immediately. The shock of the first incident kept me hooked and it was such a lovely book. It's all about friendship and new chances.

Emmy is a lovely person and I got to know her very well through the book. She is emotional and very honest - courageously so at times. Rupert is a wonderful man and his friendship with Emmy is the core of the book. They are both cheated on by their respective partners, leaving Rupert high and dry, but Emmy steps in to help. Later in the book, Emmy's Dad explains why perfectly.

The characters in France are very well crafted and all completely believable. The trip to the zoo was a classic - I'll remember that thunderstorm for a long time!

Very very happy to read that there will be a sequel, I wasn't ready to leave Emmy, Rupert, Alain, Sophie et al and look forward to meeting them all again.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for reviewing, Annie :) Glad you enjoyed the book!