Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard


Kindle Edition344 pages
Published April 28th 2016 by Bookouture

What They Say.....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? 


What I Say....Loved, loved, loved this book.  Perfect way to kick off summer.  A sweet, little chick lit book that inspired me to want to uproot myself and move away to France.

Emmy arranges for a vacation in the French countryside in order to get her floundering relationship back on track.  Unfortunately, she finds her boyfriend floundering without clothes on top of the guesthouse owner's wife.  After being caught, Nathan shows no remorse, and continues to chase after the much older Gloria, until they abscond in Gloria's sports car.

This leaves Emmy on the hook to help the guesthouse owner, Rupert, who has suffered a minor heart attack and a leg injury on top of being abandoned by his wife.  Emmy is stuck as an unpaid housekeeper, errand runner, and cook.

But as she continues to help, she meets a super cute young gardener who helps recharge her self-confidence.  And she continues to make more friends and meets a gorgeous accountant, she dreads returning to her dead end job, and empty flat more and more each day.

But reality intrudes, and a girl has to make a living, so back to England she goes.  

I don't want to give any spoilers, because this was such a sweet little read.  I read it in a day and a half, and loved every minute of it.  These are my "make me happy" books.

Current Goodreads Rating 4.28

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