Title: The Little French Guesthouse
Series: La Cour des Roses #1
Author: Helen Pollard
Release Date: April 28th 2016
Genre: Contemporary; Chick Lit
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?
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.