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  • The Little French Guesthouse

  • La Cour des Roses, Book 1
  • Written by: Helen Pollard
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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The Little French Guesthouse

Written by: Helen Pollard
Narrated by: Helen Johns
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Sun, croissants, and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it?

When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can't wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC, and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they've barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner's cougar wife. Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked.

Feeling somewhat responsible - and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine - heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîtes will help keep her mind off her misery. Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory.

Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light, Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, her family, and everything she's ever worked for to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday - wouldn't it?

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.

©2016 Helen Pollard (P)2016 Bookouture

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This was fun!

When I first started listening I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it but the more I got into it the more I liked it. The narrator is good and she did really well voicing all the characters.

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  • TikiSan
  • 2016-09-23

Absolutely loved it!

This is a really good story, full of interesting characters, lovely scenery and some unexpected twists. It's my first time reading a Helen Pollard book and I'll definitely be reading more from this author. Helen Johns did an excellent job with narration.

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  • Laura Francis
  • 2016-08-30

Very nice read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start but eventually I enjoyed it very much. It is a nice, light read.

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  • Kelly
  • 2016-07-15

I'm looking forward to the sequel.

It was a lovely story and the narration was great! Thoroughly enjoyable! Can't wait for more!

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  • Accusation
  • 2017-05-01

Fantastic read!

This book could only be made better if it was longer! If you're looking for a happy book to read/listen to then this is it! I had been looking for something positive and fun to listen to. The narrator was just wonderful as well. I am so glad I found this!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2019-09-28

A cute, happy story

I rounded my rating up to 4 for the great narration. Plus, it’s France!

The story is cute. Quite enjoyable and not heavy at all.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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  • Amy@Novelgossip
  • 2018-01-04

Adorable, heartwarming and fun!

Oh this book was an absolute joy to listen to! It was bright and humorous with plenty of feel good warmth. It opens with Emmy finding her long term boyfriend, Nathan in a…ahem…delicate situation with Gloria, one of the owners of the guesthouse where Nathan and Emmy are supposed to having a romantic vacation. So clearly this one grabbed my attention right away, as much as I felt awful for the lovely Emmy the way Pollard wrote the scene and then Johns delivered it was just too hilarious! It set the perfect tone for the story and was highly memorable.

As much as this has romantic elements the plot doesn’t hinge on a love story and I really liked that. It focuses more on Emmy doing what makes her happy, with or without a man in her life and I found the way everything played out to be realistic and true to real life. I adored Emmy and found myself wishing I had a friend like her myself and then there was Rupert a charming old guy, his meddling and bossiness made me giggle. The location was gorgeous as well and both the author and the narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the story to life! There’s a sequel and I’ll definitely be reading it ASAP, I can’t wait to catch up with these lovely characters.

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  • Ann
  • 2019-10-05

Lovely Read

I was completely captivated from the beginning of this wonderful book. Helen Pollard knows how to write a book that draws you in and keeps you wanting for more. Helen Johns' performance is outstanding and I will be listening to her again. A sweet romantic book with some twists and turns that I can't wait to hear again.

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  • Vanessa
  • 2019-09-23

Fantastic Read

Really enjoyed this book! Lovely story with well written characters. Very relatable main character - loved her! Definitely recommend!

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  • Bdogmom
  • 2018-12-07

A good story

I thought the start was a bit abrupt, in hindsight, that was definitely the intention. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the narrating which I felt was spot-on.

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  • Ellie
  • 2018-05-15

perfect real life seeming fantasy

This was a fun book with a great story. At one point in the book, I wished I could be Emmy- esp when she's with Ryan😉. This book is predictable but sweet and has great character development. I was engaged during the whole story; I could have put it down but really didn't want to. It's a great summer read and perfect for those who love books by Jenny Cologn and the like.