Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Little French Guest House - Helen Pollard

Author - Helen Pollard
Release date - 28th April 2016

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?
This book was so lovely to read! It is exactly what it says on the cover ' The perfect summer read!'
At the very beginning of this book we are introduced to our leading lady Emmy who is on holiday with her long term boyfriend Nathan. They decided to book this perfect little guest house for their vacation in the hope of reconnecting with one another. When they arrive they meet the Owners of the guesthouse Rupert and Gloria. Things go wrong for poor Emmy pretty quickly as Rupert collapses in the kitchen, so she runs to find Gloria and call for help when she stumbles upon Nathan and Gloria up to no good on the roof terrace!. Soon after this sorry ordeal, Nathan ups and leaves with Gloria, leaving Emmy and Rupert in each others company.
From this point on we are introduced to a large array of characters, including Ryan, Sophie, and Alain, all of which have unique personalities which blend so perfectly into the story and all have their own part to play in the happiness of both Emmy and Rupert. It is almost impossible not to like the characters we meet throughout this book! Apart from Nathan and Gloria of course, but I am sure that is allowed! ;)
The friendship between Emmy and Rupert is most definitely my favourite part of this story, it is so beautifully written, and you really are made to feel as though you know the characters and that you can connect and relate to them and their feelings in some way,  which helps you understand why they act the ways in which they do.
The author also does an exceptional job of setting the scene throughout the whole book! I felt as though I could picture the guesthouse perfectly in my head, along with the surrounding lands and the local town.
There is a perfect level of romance throughout this book, however I would have loved to have seen a little more between Emmy and Alain!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel good, romantic story! It is so easy to read, yet you don't want to put it down!.
I was kindly given a copy of this book to review via NetGalley



  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing . . . I'm glad you enjoyed Emmy's adventures in France!

  2. You are very welcome! I really enjoyed it! X