Helen Pollard returns to the blog today with the third of the La Cour des Roses series, and the conclusion of Emmy’s story in the French countryside. Please read on for my review of
Summer at the Little French Guesthouse
Emmy has finally found her feet: her own upscale holiday property listing site is ticking along nicely, La Cour des Roses is fully booked, and her marriage to Alain is creeping closer. Rupert is still dealing with some fallout from his own divorce from Gloria, but overall things seem to be normalizing. Emmy feels her roots starting to take hold, and plans for moving into Alain’s home after the wedding, and the two week honeymoon in Ruperts Mallorca holiday home before it sells, are all things to look forward to. With her mother back in England organizing and planning the wedding, Emmy is free to check last-minute details, entertain guests with Rupert, and clear the decks for her planned vacation.
But all is not smooth: Emmy’s mother is a bit of a martinet and while highly organized, her ideas of what Emmy’s wedding should be, and Emmy’s own desires are often miles apart. And there are lists, calls, checklists and even calls to organize her bridesmaids: Kate, Sophie and Ellie. Dreading every call, text and the upcoming visit, not to mention the stress of holding her ground have Emmy on edge. When you add in some rather peculiar behavior from Alain’s brother and his wife (Alain’s ex) and a few guests at Les Cours des Roses that are either drunk, letchy, demanding or all three: the loss of Madame Dupont’s services couldn’t have come at a worse time. And the poor old lady is shuttling between relatives’ homes after her own home burned.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, things between Emmy and Alain are feeling tense, and what should be a relaxing lead up to the wedding (since all the details are sorted) becomes a minefield of sharp words and tense moments, leaving Emmy feeling like she may have made a mistake. When the wedding day dawns after a horribly dramatic night, and one of the members of the wedding party is missing the day passes in a blur of tension, searching and tears: but one where Emmy’s mum takes charge – delegating, organizing and managing the searchers to perfection.
All of the moments in Emmy’s story are plausible: while I would hope no one has everything piling on at once, each situation is one that readers can relate to: from the sweet moments with Madame Dupont to the discovery of new circumstances for her friends, and even learning how to deal with her mother as an adult, not reverting to her thirteen year old self, the progress in this story is dramatic. Oh she still doesn’t have much French, but what she does have is a group of friends, and many townspeople who know and admire her, a new husband to love and a wonderful future. Another great installment in the series – a favorite summer feel good for sure, perfect for those who want to escape to ‘elsewhere’ for a few hours.
Title: Summer at the Little French Guesthouse
Author: Helen Pollard
Series: La Cour des Roses #3
Also in this series: Return to the Little French Guesthouse
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Romantic Elements, Setting: France
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 12 July, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Summer sun, chilled, white wine, and a gorgeous fiancé. Nothing could upset pure bliss ... Right?
Emmy Jamieson loves her new life in the gentle hills and sunflowers of the lush French countryside, managing La Cour des Roses, a beautiful, white stone guesthouse. With marriage to caramel-eyed Alain just round the corner, things couldn’t be more perfect.
The odd glass (gallon) of wine dulls the sound of Emmy’s mum in full motherzilla-of-the-bride mode, and the faint tinkling of alarm bells coming from Alain’s ex are definitely nothing to worry about. Guesthouse owner Rupert and a whole host of old and new friends are there to make sure nothing gets in the way of Emmy’s happiness.
But as Emmy gets close to the big day, a secret from the past throws everything decidedly off track. Will her idyllic French wedding go ahead as planned, or will Emmy run back home to England with a broken heart?
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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.