The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

About this book…

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 review…

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.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

11 thoughts on “The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard”

  1. I have been saving this for my French holiday this summer but now that I see there’s a sequel, perhaps I’ll read it sooner to get in the mood! Great review Joanne. Aren’t both the covers gorgeous?

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    1. Stunning aren’t they, totally appropriate to get you in the mood as well! I think the sequel is out in August? I wish I was going to France this summer after reading this!

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    2. Thank you, Joanne – I’m SO pleased with the covers! Enjoy, if you give in to temptation . . . 😀

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  2. I was so happy when I heard about the sequel! I’m always a bit leery of books in a French scenery, as I don’t always agree with the clichés I have heard, but Helen Pollard really captured the essence of the French way of life and threw in amazingly warm and funny characters you can only fall in love with. Great review!

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