Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Book Review - Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

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Title: Return to the Little French Guesthouse
Author: Helen Pollard
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 26th August 2016
Rating: 4 Stars


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? 

Picking up from where The Little French Guesthouse left off, I was delighted to be back at La Cour des Roses and even happier to say the book is a fabulous continuation of this series. 

If you haven't read the first book, you are missing out, but equally, this can easily be read as a standalone so you should be able to pick up on the key back story points. 

Emmy has now moved to France to make a go of life as the manager of the guesthouse, and the book starts how it is going to continue with some outlandish behaviour from some of the guests which is just very funny but involves a known travel blogger which worries Emmy a lot. 

They then discover that there is a huge booking that they weren't previously aware of, and it has all sorts of demands which is a large focal point of the book. Then there is also the return of Rupert's wife which shakes everything up, and Emmy's own new fledgling relationship with Alain. 

I loved all the characters, apart from Gloria (the human) who was as vile as the first book, whereas Gloria (the dog) was a fantastic judge of character.  Emmy's new friends Sophie and Ellie are determined to show Emmy some of the tourist sights in that part of France, and as a result we get a real feel for the area. 

Helen Pollard's writing style draws you into the story, and transports you to a world that you don't want to leave. I am like I was at the end of the first book, already hoping there will be a third book in this series, as I am convinced there is still more to Emmy's story and I definitely want to read it. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for reviewing, Rachel - glad you enjoyed it!

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