I wanted a bit of “getaway” for a read, and this woman’s fiction title from Helen Pollard, the second in her La Coeur des Roses series looked to be perfect. Please read on for my review of
Return to the Little French Guesthouse
The first I’ve read in this series, Helen Pollard takes us to a small guesthouse in France, as we follow the story of Emmy, back at La Coeur des Roses after a rather spectacular breakup. She wanted a change, and felt that her connection to Rupert and his desperate need of help would be a good option for a new start.
While the pairing of Rupert and Emmy seems strange, it was his wife Gloria who ran off with Emmy’s boyfriend Nathan, the two are building a solid friendship and a good working relationship, even with the hiccups.
From a well-known and wholly unclothed sleepwalking hotel critic to a massive 50th wedding anniversary not marked in the calendar by Rupert’s now absent ex-wife, it seems as if the challenges will never end. From near disaster to wholly laugh out loud mishaps, the newly present dog Gloria (as opposed to ex-wife, Gloria), a hard working French cleaning woman, a couple of Rupert’s aged friends and the steady worries around garnering positive reviews on the guesthouse’s website, the action is non-stop. Oh, it briefly goes left with the return of the very dislikable ex-wife Gloria and when all her secrets come to life, everyone is turned upside down.
Pollard made a story that is simply fun to read, with commiserating with Emmy’s lack of French, her worries about her London property, her bookings and her own determination to make the guesthouse a success. Anyone who has ever dreamed of retreating to the French countryside to live and perhaps run a gîte should be reading: the rest of us will just enjoy! I can’t wait to get back to this story with the first book.
Title: Return to the Little French Guesthouse
Author: Helen Pollard
Series: La Cour des Roses #2
Also in this series: Summer at the Little French Guesthouse
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 26 August, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?
When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.
Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.
Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.
Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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