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Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

I initially thought this was going to be like a travel memoir (which I like) and in a setting which I adore but it turned out to be slightly different. At the same time it held my interest and I was always wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The story is fairly routine. A young couple living together for five years have got into a serious rut. With an idea of reviving their relationship, putting a spark into it more likely they or rather she thinks a holiday in the South of France in a beautiful gite would be ideal. What she does not account for is the landlord's wife with a roving eye. 54 year old Gloria and Nathan her partner who is bored out of his skull with their relationship and just waiting to leave.

What follows is sad for Emmy and Rupert who are left bewildered and in Rupert's case all alone with a guest house to run, guests coming in and going out all the time. Emmy steps in to help and finds that she likes the work, the people and the village. Throw in a dash of romance in the form of a gardener and a lawyer, beautiful scenery, idyllic countryside and we have a captivating story.

The other characters are also equally colorful and add a certain spice to the story. Emmy's parents, the other people in the village all add dimension. I loved the reading of this story.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review courtesy of Bookouture. 


  1. Sounds like a very interesting book and one that will appeal to many readers who will probably identify with the situation.

  2. The cover is wonderful and this sounds like a nice read. I am glad you enjoyed it.