Book 30 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge is Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard.
‘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?’ (Thanks Amazon!)
As you will be aware, I read The Little French Guesthouse (My review can be found here) a while ago, and so was excited to read Return to the Little French Guesthouse, the second novel in this series. I loved both Emmy and Rupert, and so was more than happy to find out what happened to them next, particularly given the setting they could be found in. La Coeur de Roses is a beautiful little French guesthouse that Emmy is determined to put on the map following her own stay there. After bonding with Rupert during her initial visit, he asks her to join him in running the guesthouse following the departure of his wife Gloria. This is where we join the story, as Emmy gives her life in England for the sunnier, beautiful climate of France. A certain handsome half French, half English accountant may also have influenced her decision!
This novel did not disappoint, with its glorious setting, the description of some amazing food and wine, and lovely characters that you can’t help but like (well maybe not Gloria!). I’m already looking forward to reading the next in the series, Summer at the Little French Guesthouse.
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖