Sunday, November 19, 2017

Book Review: 'The Little French Guesthouse' by Helen Pollard

Does La Cour des Roses, the perfect French getaway worthy of rekindling waning love, have more amenities than meets the wandering eye?
Emmy is a marketing whiz with a good job back home who thinks her life is going fairly well. She doesn’t even worry too much about the fact that she and Nathan, her boyfriend of five years, have no real marriage plans. They work together. They co-own a chic apartment. They have lots in common. Their relationship is just missing that “spark” it used to have and she is sure a two-week vacation in the lovely French countryside is exactly what their hearts need.
But just four days into their vacation at the breathtaking La Cour des Roses guesthouse, Rupert, its silver-haired owner, has an episode that resembles a heart attack. Emmy rushes to find Gloria, the man’s svelte wife, only to discover her in the throes of unbridled sex … with Nathan! What transpires after this incident is life changing for Emmy.
The main characters are expertly drawn, while the many secondary players in the book are given just enough life for us to know them without overburdening the story. There are also sprinkles of French phrases throughout adding an authentic flavor to the dialogue. The pieces are so well written they simply flow onto the pages without causing difficulty to the reader, even for those of us who do not speak French. As an added delight while reading this story, I found myself countless times saying, “what a lovely way to say that!”
The descriptions of the Loire region of France are wonderful and written in a style reminiscent of the finest travel brochures. This is the third book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by this author. All three have given me the same “traveling abroad” feel whilst still at home in my own reading chair enjoying a light romance. Her stories have the ability to whisk me away setting me down amidst the lives of people I’d enjoy knowing myself.
If you’re looking for the “perfect feel good summer read” then this book should be at the top of your list!

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