Tuesday, 5 April 2016

ARC Review: The Little French Guesthouse

La Cour Des Roses #1
Author: Helen Pollard
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle
Pages: 310 Pages
Publication Date: April 28th, 2016
Publishers: Bookouture
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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? 
Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at La Cour des Roses.
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When Emmy Jamieson planned a two weeks vacation at La Cour Des Roses, a guest house in the French countryside, she had intended nothing more than restoring the withering relationship with Nathan, her boyfriend. Instead, it turned out to be a journey of self-discovery in a way she could never anticipate. 

Being a cover snob, I was instantly attracted to the vibrant cover, that oozes the charisma of the french countryside. Even so, the blurb failed to whet my appetite, as the premise was pretty familiar to me, after devouring a bunch of books, set in la France.

Written from the perspective of Emmy, THE LITTLE FRENCH GUESTHOUSE is a story that tells how the French revamped the life of protagonist's. The writing style is beautiful and vivid, that allows us to immerse in it as we are a part of it. Yet, the plot wasn't engaging as I expected to be. But halfway through the story, Emmy makes a bold move and suddenly the story became very interesting.

Rather than focusing on creating a romantic atmosphere, Hellen Pollard has framed an unusual, yet beautiful friendship as the center part of the story. I wouldn't have enjoyed it if Rupert wasn't there in it. There were moments, I wished to have an insight into his mind and to know how he was coping up. So I think, it could have been better if the author had incorporated Rupert's thoughts as well into the story since he plays a vital role in it.

As always, I was delighted to read the protagonist's transition from a being a weakling to a strong, bold and independent one. The inclusion of a budding romance has also made the story interesting. I'm not sure If I can write more about it, without giving away any details. Read the book to find it out. Recommended, if you are looking for a summer read.

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