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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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!

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I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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

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A good story

I thought the start was a bit abrupt, in hindsight, that was definitely the intention. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the narrating which I felt was spot-on.

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perfect real life seeming fantasy

This was a fun book with a great story. At one point in the book, I wished I could be Emmy- esp when she's with Ryan😉. This book is predictable but sweet and has great character development. I was engaged during the whole story; I could have put it down but really didn't want to. It's a great summer read and perfect for those who love books by Jenny Cologn and the like.

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Good read for a vacation

Easy read and enjoyable twists. Made me want to go live in France ! You can see the countryside and almost taste the strong espresso!!

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Adorable, heartwarming and fun!

Oh this book was an absolute joy to listen to! It was bright and humorous with plenty of feel good warmth. It opens with Emmy finding her long term boyfriend, Nathan in a…ahem…delicate situation with Gloria, one of the owners of the guesthouse where Nathan and Emmy are supposed to having a romantic vacation. So clearly this one grabbed my attention right away, as much as I felt awful for the lovely Emmy the way Pollard wrote the scene and then Johns delivered it was just too hilarious! It set the perfect tone for the story and was highly memorable.

As much as this has romantic elements the plot doesn’t hinge on a love story and I really liked that. It focuses more on Emmy doing what makes her happy, with or without a man in her life and I found the way everything played out to be realistic and true to real life. I adored Emmy and found myself wishing I had a friend like her myself and then there was Rupert a charming old guy, his meddling and bossiness made me giggle. The location was gorgeous as well and both the author and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life! There’s a sequel and I’ll definitely be reading it ASAP, I can’t wait to catch up with these lovely characters.

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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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  • 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • mary C. Irving
  • 05-15-18

Nice surprise!

This was a great read. Romantic fiction inevitably depends on a predictable format but Helen Pollard has used it well. The characters are well defined individuals, the setting in France provides its own, unique interest. I look forward to listening to the next two books in the series which don't seem to be on audible yet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-17-18

Fun listen

thourughly enjoyable book to listen to , made housework much less of a chore. When is book 2 going to come to audible?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-18

perfect reading

excellent could not stop listening have to get the next book to find out what happens

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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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  • Elizabeth
  • 05-24-18

I just can't finish this book

I've attempted to listen to this twice. the first time I stopped because who catches their boyfriend having sex with someone else and wants to talk about it, doesn't pack up and leave or doesn't think the relationship is over then and there. The second time was not only did she stay but starts cleaning up a place she has been in for 1 night and when the accountant arrives she starts questioning his business. what business is it of hers? she doesn't know these people, it was just bazaar and those things made me dislike the lead character immensely so I have been unable to continue. Disappointing because the synopsis sounded appealing.

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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.