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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 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, her 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.

©2016 Helen Pollard (P)2016 Bookouture

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  • TikiSan
  • Ventura, CA, United States
  • 09-23-16

Absolutely loved it!

This is a really good story, full of interesting characters, lovely scenery and some unexpected twists. It's my first time reading a Helen Pollard book and I'll definitely be reading more from this author. Helen Johns did an excellent job with narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very nice read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start but eventually I enjoyed it very much. It is a nice, light read.

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Fantastic read!

This book could only be made better if it was longer! If you're looking for a happy book to read/listen to then this is it! I had been looking for something positive and fun to listen to. The narrator was just wonderful as well. I am so glad I found this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • 07-15-16

I'm looking forward to the sequel.

It was a lovely story and the narration was great! Thoroughly enjoyable! Can't wait for more!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mostly entertaining chick lit

Cute but not as delightful as I had hoped it would be. I guess I just wasn't as enamored with the townspeople as Emmy was. Great narration on the audiobook, though. And overall, not a bad way to spend my time.

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A Light Summer Read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

While this was enjoyable, I didn't love it. I felt the pacing was off. It was very slow in the beginning and I felt that the Nathan conflict was dragged out. Emmy seemed a bit spineless and it took a very long time for her to have a backbone. Then, the end was completely rushed. I was very disappointed with how it so quickly came to a close. I think the book would be much improved with the Nathan scenes cut down and more Alain scenes.

Would you be willing to try another book from Helen Pollard? Why or why not?

I would consider giving another book by her a try. I did enjoy her style of writing.

Which scene was your favorite?

Emmy's scenes with Alain were my favorite. I loved their dynamic and the subtle moments between them.

Could you see The Little French Guesthouse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see it as a romantic comedy. I'm not familiar with French actors so not sure who I would pick as Alain but for Emmy I could see Elizabeth Henstridge, Ryan maybe Liam Hemsworth, and Bill Nighy as Rupert.

Any additional comments?

This book is ideal for when you're in between books or on vacation. Although it's not my favorite, I still enjoyed reading it and am glad I did. Just not a book I will reread again and again as I do with Sophie Kinsella books, for example.

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I enjoyed the story and characters. Looking forward to the next book and a return to the little guesthouse.

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loved this


it it is a nice comfortable read kept me guessing and it was lovely to listen to

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BOring

Don't waste your time on this predictable read Same old story different author. Don't spend your credit on this not worth it.

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Brave girl moves on with delicious love interest

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would. It's funny, heartwarming and full of delicious food! Also, I like the heroine's modern take on romance and not falling to pieces over a man.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rupert was funny and warm, although annoying when he got angry for no reason.

What does Helen Johns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I always love a good narrator. Some narrators fit the story and the age of the characters and others don't. I was happy with her. She did a great job with the French accents.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love wins in the end.

Any additional comments?

This is a typical chick lit book and although these books don't hold surprises, I think there is sometimes a message or a passage that speaks to my heart or to my life. Those are the ones I love. This one does that for me.

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  • Shamart56
  • 03-11-17

A light fun read.

I really enjoyed this book. Pure escapism. Its a story about live, friendship and changing your life. It's perfect for holiday reading or just to relax. The narration was excellent and really added to my enjoyment. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 07-15-16

To do or not to do

An interesting and smoothly written story that keeps a good even pace and a believable plot. Well narrated with Interesting voice changes. Good easy listening.

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  • Kim
  • 10-23-16

The little French guesthouse

I enjoyed this book.... & would recommend it as a lighthearted story.....
Did not dislike anything .

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  • Joyce
  • 09-22-16

Little nighttime reading

Thoroughly enjoyable read. Kept hold of my attention at all timeline just would have preferred the tale a longer story.

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  • Sarah
  • 07-17-16

gentle read

Easy to read and to listen to, I enjoyed this little book. I loved the characters and wish I could wallow in the charm of The Little French Guesthouse.

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  • Helen Ward
  • 08-14-17

It improved half way through

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More intrigue and more focus on other characters. The book centred on one character and she was quite boring and predictable

What could Helen Pollard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Developped other characters.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No scene stands out.

Was The Little French Guesthouse worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it in the end and it got me out walking to find out what happened next which is what I want from an Audible book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-16

Disappointing and tiring

I wanted to like this book, however unfortunately the first few chapters wore me out. For the first five chapters the story hashed over Emmy's anger, confusion and tears and it was still on and off by chapter 11. It may have gotten better after that, but the receptiveness of the drama got to me. I wish Emmy was a stronger, more resilient character who didnt consider (for the first five chapters) taking back her cheating boyfriend. Who does that? Sorry to say, I have returned this book.