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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 sc 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? Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at La Cour des Roses.


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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 sc 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? Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at La Cour des Roses.

30 review for The Little French Guesthouse

  1. 5 out of 5

    BRIONY

    I couldn't put it down. A lovely summery read with great characters whom you instantly get behind. Extremely atmospheric too - I could almost smell the coffee brewing and the scent of lavender lingering in the air. If you like Katie Fforde you will LOVE this! I was so sad to finish it but excited that there will be a sequel. 5 out of 5!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Robertson

    I don’t think I stopped smiling once whilst reading this warm and sunny feelgood novel set in France! In fact I’m pretty sure my waistline has also increased after the fabulous descriptions of all the food that is served throughout as well! If there was ever a book that needed to be judged by its cover, then this is it! Its glorious! The main character of Emmy goes through quite a life changing experience throughout the course of this book. When we first meet her, she is a stressed marketing exec I don’t think I stopped smiling once whilst reading this warm and sunny feelgood novel set in France! In fact I’m pretty sure my waistline has also increased after the fabulous descriptions of all the food that is served throughout as well! If there was ever a book that needed to be judged by its cover, then this is it! Its glorious! The main character of Emmy goes through quite a life changing experience throughout the course of this book. When we first meet her, she is a stressed marketing executive on holiday with her boyfriend Nathan in a little guesthouse in France. Emmy and Nathan have been together 5 years but recently things have felt a little…settled and not in a good way! The opening scene was brilliant as it was straight into the action when we meet Emmy, who is about to find her boyfriend in a rather comprising position with the lady owner of the guesthouse! By starting the book like that, Helen Pollard draws the reader straight into the drama and our relationship with the adorable Emmy begins. As you can tell, I loved the character of Emmy, it felt throughout like I was following the journey of a friend! I adore France and have spent many holidays there (I used to work for a holiday company) and this book has captured perfectly the charm of the countryside and the essence of the people that live there. And as I said before, the descriptions of all those gorgeous French delicacies made my mouth water! I just wanted to get on the internet to search for this corner of paradise and book myself for at least a month! I hadn’t been too sure about this book as I hadn’t heard of the author before and my reading pile is sky high but something about the cover and blurb intrigued me and I’m so glad it did! This isn’t a sickly sweet romance, it’s very much about Emmy and how she realises that things in her life could be better if she just takes a few chances. That’s not to say there isn’t a bit of “oo la la” along the way especially when she meets hunky gardener Ryan but it’s all part of Emmys voyage of discovery. The whole cast of characters felt real and I especially warmed to Rupert and the wonderful relationship that developed between him and Emmy. It’s all told with an deliciously understated humour that constantly made me chuckle under my breath. I just loved it! And I have just found out that there is soon to be a sequel! It’s going straight on my wishlist along with a slice of tarte au citron and a nice glass of red! Salute! I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review so thank you to Kim Nash and the team at Bookouture.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Cute predictable schmaltz - because sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Oh this book was an absolute joy to listen to! It was bright and humorous with plenty of feel good warmth. It opens with Emmy finding her long term boyfriend, Nathan in a…ahem…delicate situation with Gloria, one of the owners of the guesthouse where Nathan and Emmy are supposed to having a romantic vacation. So clearly this one grabbed my attention right away, as much as I felt awful for the lovely Emmy the way Pollard wrote the scene and then Johns delivered it was just too hilarious! It set th Oh this book was an absolute joy to listen to! It was bright and humorous with plenty of feel good warmth. It opens with Emmy finding her long term boyfriend, Nathan in a…ahem…delicate situation with Gloria, one of the owners of the guesthouse where Nathan and Emmy are supposed to having a romantic vacation. So clearly this one grabbed my attention right away, as much as I felt awful for the lovely Emmy the way Pollard wrote the scene and then Johns delivered it was just too hilarious! It set the perfect tone for the story and was highly memorable. As much as this has romantic elements the plot doesn’t hinge on a love story and I really liked that. It focuses more on Emmy doing what makes her happy, with or without a man in her life and I found the way everything played out to be realistic and true to real life. I adored Emmy and found myself wishing I had a friend like her myself and then there was Rupert a charming old guy, his meddling and bossiness made me giggle. The location was gorgeous as well and both the author and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life! There’s a sequel and I’ll definitely be reading it ASAP, I can’t wait to catch up with these lovely characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is the first book in the new series by this author and it is utterly delicious, I loved escaping into this delightful French community, with plenty of ex-Pats around, too. This is definitely a feel good book that had me with a smile on my face and laughing out loud. Emmy Jamieson arranges to go on holiday to La Cour des Roses, a little French guest house run by an English couple in the Loire Valley, France. She goes there with her boyfriend of four years, Nathan, in the hope of reviving thei This is the first book in the new series by this author and it is utterly delicious, I loved escaping into this delightful French community, with plenty of ex-Pats around, too. This is definitely a feel good book that had me with a smile on my face and laughing out loud. Emmy Jamieson arranges to go on holiday to La Cour des Roses, a little French guest house run by an English couple in the Loire Valley, France. She goes there with her boyfriend of four years, Nathan, in the hope of reviving their flagging relationship but the story opens with Emmy finding Nathan and Gloria, the wife of the guest house owner, on the terrace in a very compromising position. To make matters worse, she’s seeking Gloria to ask her to call for an ambulance as her husband, Rupert, appears to have had a heart attack! When Nathan and Gloria leave together, abandoning the injured Rupert and Emmy, she decides to complete her holiday even though it actually means working hard to help Rupert with running the guest house - cooking, cleaning and shopping amongst other things. This introduces her to the local community and she soon finds herself making new friends, making changes to her life, taking a new lover and potentially finding romance. As her holiday time comes to an end she’s offered other options. Should she return to her old life but without Nathan or take the leap to move to France and all the new possibilities that would come with it? With a superb range of quirky characters from the community, this is a brilliant glimpse into life in this fantastic region. You’ve just got to love Rupert and his machinations to bring new love into Emmy’s life and entice her to stay by organising dinners and meetings with his friends in the locality, showing just how different her life could be. With the sexy gardener providing a great distraction from Nathan’s desertion, new friends and new possibilities this is a real page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, a truly wonderfully crafted novel that I highly recommend for its amazing characters, plot and storytelling that make it a brilliant story to escape into. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to be available, I definitely want to read it, please! Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This was an absolute treasure of a read. The enticing cover promises ‘The perfect feel good summer read’ and it truly delivers. From page one you are taken on a wonderful journey through the French countryside with some fabulous new friends. Emmy’s holiday doesn’t get off to the best start when her boyfriend runs off with the hosts wife Gloria. Rupert has suffered a suspected heart attack and Emmy feels obligated to stay and help him run the guesthouse whilst he recovers. We get to know the nooks This was an absolute treasure of a read. The enticing cover promises ‘The perfect feel good summer read’ and it truly delivers. From page one you are taken on a wonderful journey through the French countryside with some fabulous new friends. Emmy’s holiday doesn’t get off to the best start when her boyfriend runs off with the hosts wife Gloria. Rupert has suffered a suspected heart attack and Emmy feels obligated to stay and help him run the guesthouse whilst he recovers. We get to know the nooks and crannies of the guesthouse which sounds delightful and the gites. It made me want to go and book a holiday straight away. Emmy uses her marketing skills to come up with a fresh approach for Rupert to consider and it was lovely to imagine the little changes going in and making the rooms so pretty and enticing. Emmy has to deal with Rupert bossing her around a little, but they develop a wonderful friendship and he’s keen to play Cupid. She goes to the markets with him and you can smell the coffee when they stop! Troublesome guests also add to the charm of the story. It’s full of really interesting new friendships, blossoming romances and wonderful images of La Cour des Roses. Emmy has a lot to think about even whilst keeping extremely busy helping out. Is it time to make a clean sweep and change her life along with her boyfriend? We keep turning the pages to see where she chooses to take her life. I was absolutely delighted to read at the end that there is going to be a very welcome second book in this series. With many thanks to Bookoutre, one of my favourite publishers and Net Galley for the fantastic opportunity to discover a new authors who will become one of my favourites.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Loved this book! It was a delight from start to finish! I loved Emmy and Rupert. The story was definitely something I loved. The story starts out with Emmy and her boyfriend taking a vacation in France. The boyfriend is a bit of a blah character and does not have a lot of personality. However, he's soon out of the picture and then the story really comes alive. The descriptions of the guesthouse and the other characters are perfect. I wanted to sit in that garden so much! Emmy is a wonderful char Loved this book! It was a delight from start to finish! I loved Emmy and Rupert. The story was definitely something I loved. The story starts out with Emmy and her boyfriend taking a vacation in France. The boyfriend is a bit of a blah character and does not have a lot of personality. However, he's soon out of the picture and then the story really comes alive. The descriptions of the guesthouse and the other characters are perfect. I wanted to sit in that garden so much! Emmy is a wonderful character. Rupert made me laugh. All the characters fit perfectly. I will be looking for other books by this author and plan to read the sequel when it comes out. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liina

    Emmy and Nathan go on a holiday to France, they have chosen to stay at a La Cour des Roses, which is a lovely place to get the taste of French village life. It sounds more than wonderful, but not for Emmy, when she discovers her boyfriend in bed with the guesthouse owner’s wife Gloria , while guesthouse owner Rupert is having serious health problems. It seems that it can’t get any worse, but when Nathan and Gloria decide to leave together, it’s humiliating to Emmy and Rupert, especially when the Emmy and Nathan go on a holiday to France, they have chosen to stay at a La Cour des Roses, which is a lovely place to get the taste of French village life. It sounds more than wonderful, but not for Emmy, when she discovers her boyfriend in bed with the guesthouse owner’s wife Gloria , while guesthouse owner Rupert is having serious health problems. It seems that it can’t get any worse, but when Nathan and Gloria decide to leave together, it’s humiliating to Emmy and Rupert, especially when the whole village knows what happened faster than Emmy could have thought. Emmy decides to stay and help Rupert out, because he can’t do all the work alone for a while. Staying there gives her opportunity to find herself again and realize that people can be kind and caring. During her stay she also meets two handsome and charming men, one being a young gardener and the other accountant. After the holiday is over, is she going to choose her old life back home or is she willing to move to France? It was a wonderful book filled with such great descriptions of France, the food and a lively characters. I definitely enjoyed the story and would like to visit La Cour des Roses again in the next book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard is smoothly flowing read with an interesting plot. Emmy finds herself in a unique circumstance when on vacation with her boyfriend. She soon finds herself single and helping the guesthouse owner run the guesthouse. As she does this, she slowly starts to feel very at home in this town as she makes friends and feels their acceptance of her for just her. This and the blooming relationships she is developing is going to make it very difficult for her to l The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard is smoothly flowing read with an interesting plot. Emmy finds herself in a unique circumstance when on vacation with her boyfriend. She soon finds herself single and helping the guesthouse owner run the guesthouse. As she does this, she slowly starts to feel very at home in this town as she makes friends and feels their acceptance of her for just her. This and the blooming relationships she is developing is going to make it very difficult for her to leave...and she will have to find in her heart what it is she really wants. I enjoyed The Little French Guesthouse. I loved the place and the people. It is a place that just feels good. Helen really does a great job of bringing it to life. Emmy is a little quirky but likable. Rupert, the guesthouse owner was a great character to get to know under that gruff exterior! The friendships Emmy starts to develop felt real, and they felt good for Emmy. The gardener Ryan sure sends sparks off, something I just didn't feel between Emmy and Alain. I liked where Helen took me in The Little French Guesthouse and where she took Emmy on her journey. This is a well paced book that has some conflict, but not a lot, and a lot of inner turmoil for Emmy. I'd recommend The Little French Guesthouse to women's fiction readers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Emmy Jamieson has finally persuaded her boyfriend Nathan to take some time off and book a holiday. They decide to go to La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse owned by an English man named Rupert, in a small French village. Before Emmy can start enjoying her holiday she catches Nathan cheating on her with Rupert's wife, Gloria. Nathan doesn't seem to feel guilty at all and Emmy is shocked when he takes off with Gloria. Now Emmy is on her own at La Cour des Roses. Rupert is ill and can't handl Emmy Jamieson has finally persuaded her boyfriend Nathan to take some time off and book a holiday. They decide to go to La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse owned by an English man named Rupert, in a small French village. Before Emmy can start enjoying her holiday she catches Nathan cheating on her with Rupert's wife, Gloria. Nathan doesn't seem to feel guilty at all and Emmy is shocked when he takes off with Gloria. Now Emmy is on her own at La Cour des Roses. Rupert is ill and can't handle running the business by himself. Emmy doesn't have the heart to let him struggle on his own, so she decides to stay and help out for the duration of her intended holiday. Emmy soon discovers that La Cour des Roses has found a way to her heart and she enjoys the positive vibes of the place. She starts making friends and the work really suits her, so even though she doesn't have the relaxing holiday she planned to have she's having a great time. Eventually Emmy has to leave France though, to go back home where she has to face the end of her relationship with Nathan. Emmy feels sad to leave all of her new friends behind and is seriously thinking about changing her, until now, secure life. Emmy tries so hard to make other people feel better that she sometimes forgets herself. Her boyfriend Nathan is a complete jerk and I was hoping Emmy would toughen up so she could take him down. Luckily being in France has a positive influence on her character and being there gives her the strength to deal with the issues at home. Emmy is a great person and I immediately loved her. Emmy is a smart and intelligent young woman with great ideas and I wasn't surprised that the people in and around La Cour des Roses opened their hearts to her as well. Helen Pollard has written a wonderful story about taking chances when they present themselves to you. The characters of The Little French Guesthouse feel so real. I could perfectly imagine the scenery and I wished I could book a gîte or guestroom at La Cour des Roses. I want nothing more than to sit in the beautiful garden, smell the flowers and enjoy the stunning surroundings Helen Pollard writes about. The Little French Guesthouse is an enchanting and heartwarming story that will have you mesmerized from beginning to end. This story is the perfect read for a lovely day in the sun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    A well-earned holiday in France is just what Emmy and Nathan need. Their relationship is struggling, but Emmy is sure it’s something that time away from work and routine can fix, until she finds Nathan and their B&B owner Gloria on the terrace in a rather compromising position. Angry and upset, Emmy tries to talk to Nathan, but instead he drives off into the distance, with Gloria. I liked Emmy, she was a genuinely nice person, wanting to make those around her happy and avoid conflict if possible, A well-earned holiday in France is just what Emmy and Nathan need. Their relationship is struggling, but Emmy is sure it’s something that time away from work and routine can fix, until she finds Nathan and their B&B owner Gloria on the terrace in a rather compromising position. Angry and upset, Emmy tries to talk to Nathan, but instead he drives off into the distance, with Gloria. I liked Emmy, she was a genuinely nice person, wanting to make those around her happy and avoid conflict if possible, which wasn’t easy in the situation she found herself in. She needed to keep busy, which she did by helping owner Rupert, who had been abandoned by Gloria, to cook, clean and look after the guests, something he was struggling to do on his own. Rupert made me smile, his heart was always in the right place, but his ways and means were sometimes a little devious. Although Emmy and Rupert make an odd couple, they worked well as a team and slowly, life in rural France began to weave its magic on Emmy. Helen paints a lovely picture of the renovated stone guesthouse, La Cour des Roses, and I felt its charm and like Emmy, I fell in love with it and the flower filled gardens. In fact I was ready to pack my bags and head off for a few nights away, where the food and wine seem to be as good as the company. Emmy becomes part of Rupert’s social scene and appreciates the friendships she makes, and here Helen introduces a great fun mix of characters in the form of the locals and other expats. With a bit of scheming from Rupert and some unexpected interest from his gardener and accountant, Emmy begins to feel she has unexpectedly found somewhere she belongs. Reality for her though, is returning to a stark flat, a job (in the same company as Nathan – awkward) and no one to share her life with. She certainly has lots to think about, but will it be her heart, her head or Rupert that influence the decision to be made about her future? This book offers lots to make you smile at as you read and once I stepped in, I didn't want to leave. It is warm, cosy and will fill you with summer sunshine and unless you are going away as a last ditch attempt to salvage your relationship, will be a perfect holiday read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Bilodeau

    There is one word that continuously came to my mind as I read this, and that word is: Charming. This is the kind of story that really envelops you and makes you adore the quirky characters. Well, except Nathan. He isn't really likable at all, but that's hardly a surprise considering you meet him while he's shtupping the wife of his B&B host while on a romantic holiday with the protagonist. :) There is a great atmosphere in this story, so that you really get a sense of the surroundings, the friendl There is one word that continuously came to my mind as I read this, and that word is: Charming. This is the kind of story that really envelops you and makes you adore the quirky characters. Well, except Nathan. He isn't really likable at all, but that's hardly a surprise considering you meet him while he's shtupping the wife of his B&B host while on a romantic holiday with the protagonist. :) There is a great atmosphere in this story, so that you really get a sense of the surroundings, the friendly people Emmy encounters, and just why someone might never want to leave. And yet it's more than just escapism because it all feels very plausible. There is nothing here, short of perhaps the first 10% which sets up the story, that I think could be considered outrageous. It's so comfortable and feels almost familiar. The friendship that grew between Emmy and Rupert was very sweet and seemed so genuine it made me smile. The only thing that I was less excited about was Emmy and Alain. But only because there just wasn't enough! I wanted more, especially after the trip to the zoo. I wish Alain's character had been featured a bit more throughout. Overall, this is a seriously charming story in an idyllic setting that I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something relatively light and quick to read. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own. See more reviews here:

  13. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Super cute story. Makes me want to go to France!!! Looking forward to reading Book #2.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steffi

    This is a great feel-good book which is perfect for reading in the first rays of sunshine. I really enjoyed reading this book even though the pace was a bit slow at times. The atmosphere of the French countryside, the cute little town and the little guesthouse was simply great. I also enjoyed how we got to know more and more of the people living there. Emmy is a career woman who is finding her peace in the French countryside and doing something totally different. I liked to see how she was changin This is a great feel-good book which is perfect for reading in the first rays of sunshine. I really enjoyed reading this book even though the pace was a bit slow at times. The atmosphere of the French countryside, the cute little town and the little guesthouse was simply great. I also enjoyed how we got to know more and more of the people living there. Emmy is a career woman who is finding her peace in the French countryside and doing something totally different. I liked to see how she was changing during her stay with Rupert. I also liked that things weren't rushed with a new man and everything was developing really slowly here. I can't wait to read more about Emmy and hope the second part is coming very soon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Wow! What a wonderful book! The first I have read by Helen Pollard but definitely not the last! From the spectacular beginning to the very last word, I was bowled over by the author’s easy and conversational writing style, and the humor peppering every page had me in fits of laughter. Loved this book populated with characters you can relate to and who by the end of the book feel as familiar as family. A brilliant, feel good read. Loved Emmy so much. Loved everything about this amazing book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    This is a somewhat odd account but maybe there are people who, on their first evening in a foreign guesthouse, get up to amorous activity with the owner's wife while their own lady partner is in another room. End of a poor relationship, I would think. The ending, and confusion over what must surely be looked at as a new beginning, occupy the rest of the book. Our English heroine is left in the guesthouse with her host who has just suffered a heart attack and has to take it very easy. This could This is a somewhat odd account but maybe there are people who, on their first evening in a foreign guesthouse, get up to amorous activity with the owner's wife while their own lady partner is in another room. End of a poor relationship, I would think. The ending, and confusion over what must surely be looked at as a new beginning, occupy the rest of the book. Our English heroine is left in the guesthouse with her host who has just suffered a heart attack and has to take it very easy. This could deteriorate into a farce but the lying to him doesn't continue for long and the heroine stays on to help this older man for the rest of her holiday. While she's initially in shock this dissipates and she starts to re-evaluate her life and work. At heart this is a light read about serious personal issues and I was reminded more than once of Shirley Valentine. I like that the lady has skills beyond the kitchen - website creation and admin among them. We meet a few people in the local French community but the guesthouse owner is English. I liked it, I didn't love it but some readers would find this the perfect summer holiday read. I downloaded a copy from Net Galley for an unbiased review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Goddess Of Blah

    DNF 20% - got a refund. I wish i downloaded the sample first. The heroine just isn't my type of character. This book reminds of those 90s and noughties books full of angst-y, 30-something put-upon whingy characters and their fumbling way to achieving "happiness" Negatives: 1. WHINGY heroine - she whinged throughout the book. Literally every page she was complaining but this that or the other but makes ZERO effort to improve her life BLAMING EVERYONE but herself. 2. The cheating scene was ridiculous. DNF 20% - got a refund. I wish i downloaded the sample first. The heroine just isn't my type of character. This book reminds of those 90s and noughties books full of angst-y, 30-something put-upon whingy characters and their fumbling way to achieving "happiness" Negatives: 1. WHINGY heroine - she whinged throughout the book. Literally every page she was complaining but this that or the other but makes ZERO effort to improve her life BLAMING EVERYONE but herself. 2. The cheating scene was ridiculous. Gloria and Nathan cheat on their respective partners and the scene following it had me rolling my eyes 3. Stereotypical 1-dimensional characters. i. Rupert: the long-suffering middle-aged husband who doesn't do anything to help himself (including eat minimally healthy) ii. Nathan: the cheating, “weak” (**think feminine**) long-term boyfriend Nathan. iii. Gloria: cheating wife of Rupert, lazy, glamorous (but tacky), middle-aged seductress anyway, overall, there's too many to list but i just took an intense disliking to the protagonist and couldn't continue reading this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    This was my first book by this author and will not be the last as simply fantastic read from the first page. Full of starting over again and heartbreak with happiness to and bring in a lovely country away from everyone. It's a brilliant feel good book and you just want to keep reading. Emmy and her boyfriend Nathan arrived at a beautiful guest house in France for a two week holiday and their relationship has been a bit difficult so they hope the break will bring them close together. They haven't This was my first book by this author and will not be the last as simply fantastic read from the first page. Full of starting over again and heartbreak with happiness to and bring in a lovely country away from everyone. It's a brilliant feel good book and you just want to keep reading. Emmy and her boyfriend Nathan arrived at a beautiful guest house in France for a two week holiday and their relationship has been a bit difficult so they hope the break will bring them close together. They haven't been their very long when the owners husband Rupert has what she thinks is a heart attack and when she goes to get the wife she finds her husband in bed with her. They both pack their bags and leave and Emmy after a bit if wine offers to help Rupert with the guest house and when some difficult guests arrive how will she cope. She soon finds herself surrounded by new friends but one the gardener she can see is rather hot. She also has the accountant who is giving her a distraction. She extends her holiday by a week to help out and really isn't ready to going home but when the time comes she says goodbye to all her friends and heads home but life isn't the same she isn't happy at work and she was offered a position with Rupert will she decide to go back to France or stay in England can she be happy again or not.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    What a delightful start to the Little French Guesthouse series. At the moment I'm obsessed with books set in France. I'm not sure why but everything about them I just love. Especially those set in rustic villages with fields of lavender or towns with cobbled streets. But I think what I love most is the talk about the food. Gooey cheeses, crusty bread and oozing honey. Even writing that down made my mouth water! So this series is brilliant so far (I've also just finished book two so that shall be What a delightful start to the Little French Guesthouse series. At the moment I'm obsessed with books set in France. I'm not sure why but everything about them I just love. Especially those set in rustic villages with fields of lavender or towns with cobbled streets. But I think what I love most is the talk about the food. Gooey cheeses, crusty bread and oozing honey. Even writing that down made my mouth water! So this series is brilliant so far (I've also just finished book two so that shall be making it's way to the blog soon enough!), with the main story revolving around Emmy who has just left her cheating boyfriend, Nathan, to help the owner of a French guesthouse. Except it's not all drinking chilled wine and lounging in the hot French sun. Emmy encounters a lot of drama and issues with her life and has to make a few hard decisions. I really did enjoy this book, I flew through it and started straight away on the next one because I just couldn't wait to read more! The characters are all really loveable and relatable (except for Nathan and Gloria of course!) and you find yourself really connecting with Emmy and wishing you could be in France as well! Overall, I really loved this story. It made me feel like I was in France myself and now I do really want to visit there! The cover is simply stunning and drew me in straight away. It's an easy and lighthearted read that will leave you wanting to read more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ~☆starlight

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I read the cover of this book I knew straight away it was right up my street so I couldn't resist. The book centers around a little village in france more specifically La Cour des Roses a holiday guesthouse with surrounding private gites that Emmy has brought boyfriend Nathan to in the hope of rekindling their now boring relationship however they are only there a week when things go south Nathan decides it's okay to sleep with the lady of the house and promptly run off with her leaving Emmy When I read the cover of this book I knew straight away it was right up my street so I couldn't resist. The book centers around a little village in france more specifically La Cour des Roses a holiday guesthouse with surrounding private gites that Emmy has brought boyfriend Nathan to in the hope of rekindling their now boring relationship however they are only there a week when things go south Nathan decides it's okay to sleep with the lady of the house and promptly run off with her leaving Emmy devastated (Nathan really is the arsehole boyfriend you hate and feel glad about when he's gone ). Emmy decides to stay and help Glorias unwell husband Rupert run things feeling unnecessarily responsible for her ex running of with his bitch of a wife. Emmy and Rupert become fast friends and Emmy starts to heal and be happier than she has in a long while ( Ryan the sexy garderner and Alain the gorgeous accountant help somewhat with this)in the end she's faced with some tough decisions in what she really wants and where her heart really belongs. I loved this book every aspect of it the characters, the dreamy setting the storyline for me it was just delicious! Apart from Nathan and Gloria who I couldn't stand everyother character I loved and related to, the book made me laugh , made me hungry and if I'm honest made me want to pack my bags and head to France. I highly recommend this I read it in a day as I couldn't put it down I'd say the author Helen pollard was quite similar to Jo Thomas and Jenny colgan I'm just really glad I already have the sequel to crack on with

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Cayley

    This is a delightful read. Emmy and her partner Nathan go for a break from their over-hectic working lives to a guesthouse in France. It gets off to a disastrous start as Emmy finds Nathan and their host's wife Gloria having sex while their host has a suspected heart attack. Nathan and Gloria go off together, and Emmy finds herself effectively running the guesthouse and associated gites, doing many of the chores, dealing with difficult guests (and her own not altogether easy family), and looking This is a delightful read. Emmy and her partner Nathan go for a break from their over-hectic working lives to a guesthouse in France. It gets off to a disastrous start as Emmy finds Nathan and their host's wife Gloria having sex while their host has a suspected heart attack. Nathan and Gloria go off together, and Emmy finds herself effectively running the guesthouse and associated gites, doing many of the chores, dealing with difficult guests (and her own not altogether easy family), and looking after her manipulative host. If that sounds awful, it actually turns into an emancipation for Emmy - and the hard graft is lightened by a sexy gardener and other distractions. Emmy rapidly makes new and warm friendships and finds herself valued and cherished, and recovers her self-esteem, rediscovers her emotional life, and her life moves in new directions. The guesthouse setting is well done. This is a well-written book, with both bitter-sweet and comic moments, and captivating, sometimes awkward characters. Warmly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pearl Kirkby

    (I might warn you that this review has spoilers...perhaps, but it IS a summary) I picked up this book, taking the blurb at its word as “the perfect, feel-good summer read”, and it absolutely did not disappoint! Many of us know what it’s like to be betrayed by spouse or lover. Some can even relate to catching the jerkwad (or “heifer”, as the case may be) in the act! Those who have ‘been there’ likely also have painful memories of the devastation such an act has caused in their lives – and the fortu (I might warn you that this review has spoilers...perhaps, but it IS a summary) I picked up this book, taking the blurb at its word as “the perfect, feel-good summer read”, and it absolutely did not disappoint! Many of us know what it’s like to be betrayed by spouse or lover. Some can even relate to catching the jerkwad (or “heifer”, as the case may be) in the act! Those who have ‘been there’ likely also have painful memories of the devastation such an act has caused in their lives – and the fortunate few have had an unconditional support system to see them through the difficult aftermath. Emmeline, or ‘Emmy’ as she prefers, has arranged a two week holiday at – you guessed it – a little French guesthouse for herself and her more-than-a-boyfriend, Nathan. She is hoping that the getaway will inject a little much needed excitement back into their relationship, which had been lagging for quite some time. The plan worked. Nathan got excited, alright. Only he got excited with their host’s wife, Gloria, and on the first night of their stay, no less! When their host, Rupert, had an apparent heart attack, Emmy rendered as much first aid as she could, and then frantically went looking for Gloria, who had disappeared at roughly the same time as Nathan. She found both of them…with Gloria’s legs wrapped around Nathan like a belt, as it were. For fear of exacerbating a heart condition that was revealed once he was taken to hospital, Emmy decided against apprising Rupert of her discovery that both he and she had been cuckolded; she did, however, confront both Nathan and Gloria the following morning. Neither felt the least bit of shame at having been caught, and in fact, both seemed a bit put upon and indignant at Emmy’s attitude about the whole thing. Although Emmy keeps Rupert in the dark about what happened between his wife and her boyfriend,the situation eventually came to light a few days later, when Nathan ends his part in the holiday by breaking up with her, packing up and leaving…with Gloria. Rupert, of course, was upset, but more for Emmy than himself. In fact, he didn’t seem at all surprised by his wife’s desertion. Emmy decides to extend her stay in France to assist Rupert at the guesthouse until he has recovered from his near heart attack and an injury he sustained when he fell on that fateful night. It is at this point that Emmy’s own recovery begins, going from miserable and lonely, to being in the midst of selfless support from veritable strangers and finding herself the object of a younger man's "interest". Finally, she finds renewed validation as a woman deserving of love and so makes the surprising discovery that, in spite of her determination to return her mundane existence after her holiday, she doesn’t have to hold on to the misery brought on by those other disappointing turn of events. It is with much humour and wit that Ms. Pollard invites us to share in Emmy’s experiences with Rupert and her new, sometimes irascible friends, during her stay at the little French guesthouse. Her description of the beauty of La Cour des Roses and the surrounding area is so visual that the reader will not find it at all difficult to experience the place almost first hand. Just a note, here: while there are intimate innuendos and situations aplenty, there is zero graphic sex…which an old fossil like myself can appreciate. I can’t think of when I have enjoyed a simple read like this more. The only issue I had was that I wanted to go back with Emmy if she ever returned to The Little French Guesthouse… …oh wait! The Return to the Little French Guesthouse is out!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Emmy's relationship with Nathan isn't what it used to be. They've grown apart and Emmy wants to make things better between them. She books a holiday in France at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful place in the Loire. They arrive at the guesthouse and everything looks fantastic. Emmy instantly loves the place, but the company is a little bit less pleasant. After just a few days Emmy gets the shock of her life and her relationship with Nathan is suddenly over. Rupert, the owner of the guesthouse, needs Emmy's relationship with Nathan isn't what it used to be. They've grown apart and Emmy wants to make things better between them. She books a holiday in France at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful place in the Loire. They arrive at the guesthouse and everything looks fantastic. Emmy instantly loves the place, but the company is a little bit less pleasant. After just a few days Emmy gets the shock of her life and her relationship with Nathan is suddenly over. Rupert, the owner of the guesthouse, needs to take it easy for several weeks. Nathan has left with Gloria, Rupert's wife, and Emmy is there to clean up the mess. She tries to help Rupert with his business as much as she can. Rupert is in his sixties and even though Gloria is younger, she's still quite a bit older than Nathan. Emmy doesn't have much time to cry, because running La Cour des Roses is quite a bit of work. She also makes new friends very quickly. Everyone is warm and welcoming and some of them are going out of their way to make her feel happy again. Maybe the holiday that had such a disastrous start isn't so bad after all. Only it's just a vacation, so the good times have to end at some point... The Little French Guesthouse is a book about a topic I absolutely love, a guesthouse in France. I like nothing more than to travel there and stay at one, which is one of the reasons why I fell in love with this novel as soon as I started reading it. Helen Pollard has brilliantly captured the French countryside atmosphere and her descriptions are both detailed and accurate. I loved La Cour des Roses and would have traveled there straight away if I could. Rupert is a wonderful man and I had so much fun reading about his eccentric character and his charismatic way of dealing with his friends and his guests that I kept wishing he would be real. Emmy is a sweet woman who's always there for others. I loved how her heart and her head constantly battle. I was curious to see which of them would win. She loosens up a little and the French countryside is good for her. I could picture the beautiful surroundings, the delicious food and the handsome men very well. I especially enjoyed the market day scenes which are so realistic. They were a lovely trip down memory lane for me. Helen Pollard is a great writer. Her sentences flow easily and it isn't difficult to lose yourself in the amazing surroundings she writes about. Her stories come to life really well and I'm glad there's going to be a second book as I didn't want The Little French Guesthouse to end. I'm a big fan of France, I love a good romantic story and I have a weakness for mouthwatering food descriptions. This book has it all and I think it's the perfect summer read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Corral

    Five stars for being a good chicklit story that doesn't touch on themes that usually grate my nerves. Instead we are introduced to likable characters and realistic situations, with a strong (though not invincible) female lead. Emmy catches her long-term boyfriend cheating on her on the first page, while they’re vacationing at a little French guesthouse. After Nathan leaves with his new floozy, the guesthouse manager suffers an injury and Emmy decides to stay on to help with the guesthouse duties. Five stars for being a good chicklit story that doesn't touch on themes that usually grate my nerves. Instead we are introduced to likable characters and realistic situations, with a strong (though not invincible) female lead. Emmy catches her long-term boyfriend cheating on her on the first page, while they’re vacationing at a little French guesthouse. After Nathan leaves with his new floozy, the guesthouse manager suffers an injury and Emmy decides to stay on to help with the guesthouse duties. During her time there she learns to love the French countryside and the small town people who reside there, while also trying to make sense of her broken relationship. As she realizes how happy this different life makes her, she wonders if she should give up the entirety of her old life to stay on in France. This is not a new plot, but it is done in a different way. The choices Emmy must make are not clear cut. There’s no question that she’s better off without Nathan, but her job is another story. She enjoys her career and is good at it. Giving it up would mean giving up security and all the years she has put in. Though it’s not a perfect situation, it’s not the usual “She has an awful job anyway so there’s nothing stopping her” that you usually see in this case. And Emmy is so realistic and logical about her decision making that it’s definitely not certain how this story will end. Second, while Emmy seems to have no shortage of desirable suitors, from casual to serious, there is never any question that she will make this major life decision based on someone she’s maybe spent 24 hours total with. There is some romance in this story, but the story is not a romance. It’s a semi-realistic story about a time when a woman has reached a crossroads in her life. And this woman is not going to give everything up for someone with whom she maybe, one day, might fall in love. If I wanted to be really nitpicky, I could take a few points off here and there, but it’s a light chicklit story, and there are no grievous errors. Nathan is a bit one dimensional, and so is Gloria, but they are the bad guys in the story and not a lot of time is spent on them. Would packing up and moving from England to France really be as easy as Rupert makes it sound? Most likely not, but we don’t need those complications in this story, Emmy is taking enough things seriously. Just before I began reading it I heard there is a sequel to be released soon. I would definitely read it, just to revisit all these lovable characters again. If you’re looking for some light summer beach reading, this is definitely a book for you. Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me an early copy in exchange for an honest review. This book really is delightful.

  25. 5 out of 5

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    This is my first, but most definitely not my last Helen Pollard book. Being totally honest when I read the synopsis I was a little bit 'meh'. Been there, read that, you know what I mean. A somebody who reads over 100 books a year things can get a little 'samey'. However, as any reader knows, it's not the story but the characters that bring a book to life. This is where Helen Pollard's talent lies and I just fell in love with everybody in this book. Emmy Jamieson is on holiday with her boyfriend N This is my first, but most definitely not my last Helen Pollard book. Being totally honest when I read the synopsis I was a little bit 'meh'. Been there, read that, you know what I mean. A somebody who reads over 100 books a year things can get a little 'samey'. However, as any reader knows, it's not the story but the characters that bring a book to life. This is where Helen Pollard's talent lies and I just fell in love with everybody in this book. Emmy Jamieson is on holiday with her boyfriend Nathan. They have decided to visit La Cour des Roses, a little guesthouse in the French countryside. They are literally just unpacked and settled when Emmy realises that Nathan is at it with the Guesthouse owners wife Gloria. Before you know it both Nathan and Gloria have done a runner and Emmy is left feeling guilt ridden as Gloria's husband Rupert is left both shell shocked and on his own to run his guesthouse. I have to be honest and wondered where the story could go with such drama happening in the first few chapters, however the beauty of this book is that this episode was just the beginning. Emmy is a little downtrodden but rolls up her sleeves and before long, its clear her way of coping is getting stuck in and helping Rupert for the remainder of her holiday. Other than that I'm not mentioning anything else to the story line, just read it and hopefully fall in love with it just as I did. The storyline almost seems secondary to the wonderful host of characters my absolute favourite (aside from Emmy) being Rupert. In addition to Rupert we meet so many characters that add to the flavour of this story, it made me want to visit a place just like this and find friends such as Emmy does. I truly loved everything about this book and am already wondering when the sequel is out (YAY a sequel). What I am hoping is that we get to see ALL of the amazing people in the next book as they all brought a little something to this story. This truly was a feel good read which is an absolute must read, and in my opinion the perfect accompaniment to a sun lounger and a large cocktail...what more could a girl want? Bravo Bookouture, it seems that before long you are going to snag all the best authors and take over the Publishing world!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aisyah Roslan

    I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine. The Little French Guesthouse started when Emmy found her boyfriend Nathan in bed with someone else and it was even worse when that person is the guesthouse owner's wife! So what's a girl to do when her boyfriend left her in an unfamiliar place? Even more so when the guesthouse owner fell sick and was unable to do his day to day work without help? Plagued with a little bit of guilty conscience, I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine. The Little French Guesthouse started when Emmy found her boyfriend Nathan in bed with someone else and it was even worse when that person is the guesthouse owner's wife! So what's a girl to do when her boyfriend left her in an unfamiliar place? Even more so when the guesthouse owner fell sick and was unable to do his day to day work without help? Plagued with a little bit of guilty conscience, Emmy stayed on and help Rupert with work at the guesthouse. I have to say that I enjoyed this book very very much. I love Emmy from the get go and I feel that her characters made her seem so relatable and you just want to root for her and kick Nathan to the curb. I love how she adapted to life at the guesthouse and her friendship with Rupert seems genuine that you just can't help but love them together. Sometimes you would feel like Rupert is meddling but you would realize that he only wants the best for Emmy. The guesthouse itself seems charming and I would love to stay there for a vacation. I love reading all the description of the guesthouse and the surrounding area as it makes me feel as if I was there together with Emmy. Even the small town and the people in the community are lovely, making Emmy (and myself) feel welcomed among them. As for the love interests, I thought that there was too little of Alain to make me properly fall in love with him compared to Ryan. I love Ryan, although I do feel that their 'relationship' is a little too quick but it's easier to fall in love with him rather than Alain. If only Helen had written a little bit more about Alain, it would have been much better and more perfect! When I finished reading the last sentence of this book, it made me smile because what Emmy felt was exactly what I felt. I think that Helen Pollard had done a very good job for a debut novel! Can I read the sequel now please, pretty please? :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The Little French Guesthouse, written by Helen Pollard, is the first book in the La Cour des Roses series. This is a beautifully written story about love, loss, and friendship. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I can't wait to read more in this series. The story is about Emmy Jamieson, and her boyfriend, Nathan. They seem to have hit a rut in their relationship, and decide to take a two week vacation in the French countryside. They are staying at a beautiful guesthouse c The Little French Guesthouse, written by Helen Pollard, is the first book in the La Cour des Roses series. This is a beautifully written story about love, loss, and friendship. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I can't wait to read more in this series. The story is about Emmy Jamieson, and her boyfriend, Nathan. They seem to have hit a rut in their relationship, and decide to take a two week vacation in the French countryside. They are staying at a beautiful guesthouse called La Cour des Roses, which is owned by Rupert and Gloria. The vacation was meant to strengthen their relationship, but actually, it has the opposite effect. One evening, Emmy thinks Rupert is having a heart attack, and runs off to find his wife, Gloria. Unfortunately, what she finds is Nathan in a compromising position with Gloria. To make matters even worse, Nathan and Gloria run off together. Rupert is left needing help with the guests, and Emmy decides to fill in temporarily. This is where the story truly begins. As the story unfolds, we follow Emmy's journey to finding her new path in life, and ultimately, her new beginning. The author writes in vivid detail, bringing to life not only the characters in the story, but living life in the French countryside as well. You feel as if you are experiencing life along with Emmy because of the writing style of the author. The other characters in the book add a lot to the feel of the story...some are down to earth, some are quirky, but all brilliantly written. The friendships Emmy makes along the way are heartfelt and genuine. Overall, the author weaves a beautiful story of love, loss, and friendship in this amazing story. I would strongly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more by this author. I was given a digital copy of this book from Bookouture and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I loved the cover of this book when it was revealed and was hoping the inside would be as good as the outside and I was not disappointed. This was an excellently told story that kept me engrossed from beginning to end as I had to see what happened to Emmy and Rupert and everyone else. Both Emmy and Rupert and all the other characters are well-written and realistic, I could easily imagine all of them – voices, faces, etc – which doesn’t always happen. The descriptions were so good that I was crav I loved the cover of this book when it was revealed and was hoping the inside would be as good as the outside and I was not disappointed. This was an excellently told story that kept me engrossed from beginning to end as I had to see what happened to Emmy and Rupert and everyone else. Both Emmy and Rupert and all the other characters are well-written and realistic, I could easily imagine all of them – voices, faces, etc – which doesn’t always happen. The descriptions were so good that I was craving an ice cold drink simply because the characters were having one at that point and it sounded so nice! The author did such a good job describing the locations themselves which meant that, for me, France was bright, sunny and had a yellow/orange glow around it whereas when Emmy was back home it was all dull, drab and slate blue/grey. There was such a marked contrast in how they appeared in my mind that I felt as uncomfortable and out of place as Emmy did. The biggest disappointment with this book is that the guesthouse isn’t real! I would love to be able to spend some time there relaxing in the garden and visiting the town and the market, it sounds so idyllic and relaxing. If you want an escape from life, however temporarily, then this is the book for you. On the cover it says this is the perfect feel good summer read and I completely agree, it transported me away from what was a cold April evening to a warm, sunny summers day. So, pick up the book, get yourself a glass of something chilled and prepare to travel without leaving your seat. Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me have a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Linzi

    This was an absolutely delightful holiday read. Far, far better than I expected it to be. The reason I expected so much less ... because the full title is The Little French Guesthouse: The perfect feel good summer read. I'm becoming increasingly cynical about these marketing taglines on (mostly) indie published kindle books. This one was an exception to my usual gloom with them. I actually listened to the audiobook which was nicely read and I loved it. It genuinely is a feel-good read for one of This was an absolutely delightful holiday read. Far, far better than I expected it to be. The reason I expected so much less ... because the full title is The Little French Guesthouse: The perfect feel good summer read. I'm becoming increasingly cynical about these marketing taglines on (mostly) indie published kindle books. This one was an exception to my usual gloom with them. I actually listened to the audiobook which was nicely read and I loved it. It genuinely is a feel-good read for one of those days or weekends when you don't want anything too thought-provoking but you don't want the usual tired chick-lit either. Some great well-rounded characters, yummy food descriptions and general smiles. I was delighted to realise as I came on to mark it read that there is a second one, I really hope the audio is available.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    I initially thought this was going to be like a travel memoir (which I like) and in a setting which I adore but it turned out to be slightly different. At the same time it held my interest and I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next. The story is fairly routine. A young couple living together for five years have got into a serious rut. With an idea of reviving their relationship, putting a spark into it more likely they or rather she thinks a holiday in the South of France in a I initially thought this was going to be like a travel memoir (which I like) and in a setting which I adore but it turned out to be slightly different. At the same time it held my interest and I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next. The story is fairly routine. A young couple living together for five years have got into a serious rut. With an idea of reviving their relationship, putting a spark into it more likely they or rather she thinks a holiday in the South of France in a beautiful gite would be ideal. What she does not account for is the landlord's wife with a roving eye. 54 year old Gloria and Nathan her partner who is bored out of his skull with their relationship and just waiting to leave. What follows is sad for Emmy and Rupert who are left bewildered and in Rupert's case all alone with a guest house to run, guests coming in and going out all the time. Emmy steps in to help and finds that she likes the work, the people and the village. Throw in a dash of romance in the form of a gardener and a lawyer, beautiful scenery, idyllic countryside and we have a captivating story. The other characters are also equally colorful and add a certain spice to the story. Emmy's parents, the other people in the village all add dimension. I loved the reading of this story.

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