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The Little French Guesthouse (La Cour des Roses #1)

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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 sc
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published April 28th 2016 by Bookouture
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Joanne Robertson
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don’t think I stopped smiling once whilst reading this warm and sunny feelgood novel set in France! In fact I’m pretty sure my waistline has also increased after the fabulous descriptions of all the food that is served throughout as well! If there was ever a book that needed to be judged by its cover, then this is it! Its glorious!

The main character of Emmy goes through quite a life changing experience throughout the course of this book. When we first meet her, she is a stressed marketing exec
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 th ...more
This is the first book in the new series by this author and it is utterly delicious, I loved escaping into this delightful French community, with plenty of ex-Pats around, too. This is definitely a feel good book that had me with a smile on my face and laughing out loud.

Emmy Jamieson arranges to go on holiday to La Cour des Roses, a little French guest house run by an English couple in the Loire Valley, France. She goes there with her boyfriend of four years, Nathan, in the hope of reviving thei
Cute predictable schmaltz - because sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for!
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, kindle, net-galley
This was an absolute treasure of a read. The enticing cover promises ‘The perfect feel good summer read’ and it truly delivers. From page one you are taken on a wonderful journey through the French countryside with some fabulous new friends.
Emmy’s holiday doesn’t get off to the best start when her boyfriend runs off with the hosts wife Gloria. Rupert has suffered a suspected heart attack and Emmy feels obligated to stay and help him run the guesthouse whilst he recovers.
We get to know the nooks
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down. A lovely summery read with great characters whom you instantly get behind. Extremely atmospheric too - I could almost smell the coffee brewing and the scent of lavender lingering in the air. If you like Katie Fforde you will LOVE this! I was so sad to finish it but excited that there will be a sequel. 5 out of 5!
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Loved this book! It was a delight from start to finish! I loved Emmy and Rupert. The story was definitely something I loved.

The story starts out with Emmy and her boyfriend taking a vacation in France. The boyfriend is a bit of a blah character and does not have a lot of personality. However, he's soon out of the picture and then the story really comes alive. The descriptions of the guesthouse and the other characters are perfect. I wanted to sit in that garden so much! Emmy is a wonderful char
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Little French Guesthouse is the first book in the series by Helen Pollard. Set in the beautiful French countryside, the reader is instantly immersed in drama when Emmy rushes find Gloria after Rupert has a heart attack and finds Gloria and her boyfriend in a compromising position. Emmy is devastated at the discovery, and soon Nathan breaks her heart completely by leaving with Gloria. Ever the kind soul, Emmy offers to help Rupert running the business, and soon finds herself so busy she has n ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked 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 ...more
Nina Draganova
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Свежарска,типично лятна история , която обаче ще ми бъде интересно да разбера как продължава.
Стилът е много приятен и забавен, на места малко по-наивен, но поносимо.
Изобщо се въртя все около Прованс. Дали не е някакъв знак .
Толкова много книги прочетох за прекрасната френска провинция, че се чудя как все още не съм отпрашила натам.
Наистина понякога ми идва да се пренеса направо.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-loetud
Minu arvamuse leiab blogist
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emmy Jamieson has finally persuaded her boyfriend Nathan to take some time off and book a holiday. They decide to go to La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse owned by an English man named Rupert, in a small French village. Before Emmy can start enjoying her holiday she catches Nathan cheating on her with Rupert's wife, Gloria. Nathan doesn't seem to feel guilty at all and Emmy is shocked when he takes off with Gloria. Now Emmy is on her own at La Cour des Roses.

Rupert is ill and can't handl
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
A well-earned holiday in France is just what Emmy and Nathan need. Their relationship is struggling, but Emmy is sure it’s something that time away from work and routine can fix, until she finds Nathan and their B&B owner Gloria on the terrace in a rather compromising position. Angry and upset, Emmy tries to talk to Nathan, but instead he drives off into the distance, with Gloria.

I liked Emmy, she was a genuinely nice person, wanting to make those around her happy and avoid conflict if possi
Samantha Bilodeau
There is one word that continuously came to my mind as I read this, and that word is: Charming. This is the kind of story that really envelops you and makes you adore the quirky characters.

Well, except Nathan. He isn't really likable at all, but that's hardly a surprise considering you meet him while he's shtupping the wife of his B&B host while on a romantic holiday with the protagonist. :)

There is a great atmosphere in this story, so that you really get a sense of the surroundings, the fri
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard is smoothly flowing read with an interesting plot.

Emmy finds herself in a unique circumstance when on vacation with her boyfriend. She soon finds herself single and helping the guesthouse owner run the guesthouse. As she does this, she slowly starts to feel very at home in this town as she makes friends and feels their acceptance of her for just her. This and the blooming relationships she is developing is going to make it very difficult for her to l
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super cute story. Makes me want to go to France!!! Looking forward to reading Book #2.
This is a great feel-good book which is perfect for reading in the first rays of sunshine.

I really enjoyed reading this book even though the pace was a bit slow at times. The atmosphere of the French countryside, the cute little town and the little guesthouse was simply great. I also enjoyed how we got to know more and more of the people living there.
Emmy is a career woman who is finding her peace in the French countryside and doing something totally different. I liked to see how she was changin
Renita D'Silva
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a wonderful book! The first I have read by Helen Pollard but definitely not the last! From the spectacular beginning to the very last word, I was bowled over by the author’s easy and conversational writing style, and the humor peppering every page had me in fits of laughter. Loved this book populated with characters you can relate to and who by the end of the book feel as familiar as family. A brilliant, feel good read. Loved Emmy so much. Loved everything about this amazing book.
Clare O'Beara
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a somewhat odd account but maybe there are people who, on their first evening in a foreign guesthouse, get up to amorous activity with the owner's wife while their own lady partner is in another room. End of a poor relationship, I would think. The ending, and confusion over what must surely be looked at as a new beginning, occupy the rest of the book.

Our English heroine is left in the guesthouse with her host who has just suffered a heart attack and has to take it very easy. This could
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Per recuperare il rapporto con Nathan, il suo fidanzato, e per allontanarsi dallo stress del lavoro, Emmy prenota una vacanza nella tranquilla campagna francese presso La Cour des Roses, una pensione a conduzione familiare. Tuttavia le cose non vanno per il verso giusto. Ben presto Nathan la tradisce con Gloria, la moglie di Rupert, proprietario della pensione. Delusa, amareggiata e in preda alla disperazione, Emmy, abbandonata da Nath
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful start to the Little French Guesthouse series. At the moment I'm obsessed with books set in France. I'm not sure why but everything about them I just love. Especially those set in rustic villages with fields of lavender or towns with cobbled streets. But I think what I love most is the talk about the food. Gooey cheeses, crusty bread and oozing honey. Even writing that down made my mouth water!

So this series is brilliant so far (I've also just finished book two so that shall be
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Michael Cayley
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This is a delightful read. Emmy and her partner Nathan go for a break from their over-hectic working lives to a guesthouse in France. It gets off to a disastrous start as Emmy finds Nathan and their host's wife Gloria having sex while their host has a suspected heart attack. Nathan and Gloria go off together, and Emmy finds herself effectively running the guesthouse and associated gites, doing many of the chores, dealing with difficult guests (and her own not altogether easy family), and looking ...more
Pearl Kirkby
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(I might warn you that this review has spoilers...perhaps, but it IS a summary)

I picked up this book, taking the blurb at its word as “the perfect, feel-good summer read”, and it absolutely did not disappoint!

Many of us know what it’s like to be betrayed by spouse or lover. Some can even relate to catching the jerkwad (or “heifer”, as the case may be) in the act! Those who have ‘been there’ likely also have painful memories of the devastation such an act has caused in their lives – and the fortu
Cynthia Corral
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Five stars for being a good chicklit story that doesn't touch on themes that usually grate my nerves. Instead we are introduced to likable characters and realistic situations, with a strong (though not invincible) female lead.

Emmy catches her long-term boyfriend cheating on her on the first page, while they’re vacationing at a little French guesthouse. After Nathan leaves with his new floozy, the guesthouse manager suffers an injury and Emmy decides to stay on to help with the guesthouse duties.
Suze Lavender
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emmy's relationship with Nathan isn't what it used to be. They've grown apart and Emmy wants to make things better between them. She books a holiday in France at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful place in the Loire. They arrive at the guesthouse and everything looks fantastic. Emmy instantly loves the place, but the company is a little bit less pleasant. After just a few days Emmy gets the shock of her life and her relationship with Nathan is suddenly over.

Rupert, the owner of the guesthouse, needs
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May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first, but most definitely not my last Helen Pollard book. Being totally honest when I read the synopsis I was a little bit 'meh'. Been there, read that, you know what I mean. A somebody who reads over 100 books a year things can get a little 'samey'. However, as any reader knows, it's not the story but the characters that bring a book to life. This is where Helen Pollard's talent lies and I just fell in love with everybody in this book.

Emmy Jamieson is on holiday with her boyfriend N
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Little French Guesthouse, written by Helen Pollard, is the first book in the La Cour des Roses series. This is a beautifully written story about love, loss, and friendship. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I can't wait to read more in this series.

The story is about Emmy Jamieson, and her boyfriend, Nathan. They seem to have hit a rut in their relationship, and decide to take a two week vacation in the French countryside. They are staying at a beautiful guesthouse c
Aisyah Roslan
I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.

The Little French Guesthouse started when Emmy found her boyfriend Nathan in bed with someone else and it was even worse when that person is the guesthouse owner's wife! So what's a girl to do when her boyfriend left her in an unfamiliar place? Even more so when the guesthouse owner fell sick and was unable to do his day to day work without help? Plagued with a little bit of guilty conscience,
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the cover of this book when it was revealed and was hoping the inside would be as good as the outside and I was not disappointed. This was an excellently told story that kept me engrossed from beginning to end as I had to see what happened to Emmy and Rupert and everyone else. Both Emmy and Rupert and all the other characters are well-written and realistic, I could easily imagine all of them – voices, faces, etc – which doesn’t always happen. The descriptions were so good that I was crav ...more
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As a child, Helen had a vivid imagination fuelled by her love of reading, so she started to create her own stories in a notebook.

She still prefers fictional worlds to real life, believes characterisation is the key to a successful book, and enjoys infusing her writing with humour and heart.

Helen is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and The Society of Authors.

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“Thank you for choosing to read The Little French Guesthouse. I hope you enjoyed Emmy’s journey to France and self-discovery as much as I did! If you were as sorry as I was to reach The End and you are wondering what will happen between Emmy and Alain, you will be pleased to know that a sequel is on the way!” 0 likes
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