Book number 34 in my Goodreads Reading Challenge (and book number two of my holiday reads) is Summer at the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard.
‘Summer sun, chilled, white wine, and a gorgeous fiancé. Nothing could upset pure bliss … Right?
Emmy Jamieson loves her new life in the gentle hills and sunflowers of the lush French countryside, managing La Cour des Roses, a beautiful, white stone guesthouse. With marriage to caramel-eyed Alain just round the corner, things couldn’t be more perfect.
The odd glass (gallon) of wine dulls the sound of Emmy’s mum in full motherzilla-of-the-bride mode, and the faint tinkling of alarm bells coming from Alain’s ex are definitely nothing to worry about. Guesthouse owner Rupert and a whole host of old and new friends are there to make sure nothing gets in the way of Emmy’s happiness.
But as Emmy gets close to the big day, a secret from the past throws everything decidedly off track. Will her idyllic French wedding go ahead as planned, or will Emmy run back home to England with a broken heart?’ (Thanks Amazon)
So we are onto book 3 of this series, and what a series it’s been! French countryside, sunshine, wine, drama and romance, all wrapped up in three lovely novels. Summer at the Little French Guesthouse was an easy read, in that it was easy to lose myself in it. I loved the descriptions of the guesthouse itself with its quaint gites, the beautiful tranquil gardens and the diverse characters that cross the threshold to stay there. I do love a novel set in the European countryside, it always makes me want to move there!
As for the characters, it was great to be able to join Emmy, Rupert and their friends again. It was like reuniting with old friends…I knew their back stories and so just got to enjoy the current storyline. We get to follow Emmy and Alain as they plan their beautiful wedding, although no wedding would be complete without a couple of twists and dramas thrown in for good measure! I must admit that I hadn’t exactly expected the secret…I was not surprised by where the drama originated but the secret itself was unexpected which was nice.
So, my rating. If you are looking for a feel good, easy read romance full of beautiful scenery and old friends then this is the book for you. I can only advise that you read The Little French Guesthouse (review here) and Return to the Little French Guesthouse (review here) first.
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance reading copy in exchange for my honest review.