Sunday, 28 August 2016


La Cour des Roses #2
Author: Helen Pollard
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: 26th August, 2016
Publishers: Bookouture
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?
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.
Oh, how joyous it was- the return to the little french guesthouse. I did enjoy every single minute of it and honestly want Helen Pollard to write more and more sequels for La Cour Des Roses series. I was distraught when the story was finished, it was like a good movie coming to an end, but I want it to continue forever, to hear more news about how my favourite bunch of characters is progressing. Ah, it's a misery that I can't simply let them go! 

I am short of words to describe how incredibly fun and delighted this short, quick vacation at La Cour Des Roses was. RETURN TO THE LITTLE FRENCH GUESTHOUSE is a perfect summer book, superbly balanced and well executed. It's loaded with fun, laughter, heartbreaks, happiness and a good deal of cooking. The atmosphere was interesting, writing just fabulous and characters were of pleasant, attractive and excellent nature (not everyone, though). Readers are bound to like each of those folks from the beginning.

I'm sure that this second book can be read as a stand alone, yet I suggest to read them in order, to enjoy the story to the full. The author has added enough info here and there for readers to pick up on what happened earlier and thus allows to immerse in the story without any ado.

In this book, the story begins with how Emmy is attempting to be successful in her new position in La Cour de Roses. A series of unfortunate events happen, threatening her job and future in France and the rest of the story revolves around how she manages to overcome those difficulties with a good-natured attitude.

Right from the beginning to the end, the story was fully enjoyable, the funny incidents are guaranteed to make you chuckle, whereas, the serious situations compel us to sympathise with them. I really liked that Emmy got to do some sightseeing, the descriptions were delightful and really brought a smile on my face. 

Fairly written, in a few words.

I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer book or a delightful story to get lost in. Five Sparkling stars for RETURN TO THE LITTLE FRENCH GUESTHOUSE.

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