Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?
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?
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Having decided to return to the little French guest house, Emmy Jamieson just isn't anticipating all the problems awaiting her. With the departure of Gloria, many arrangements she had made prove not to have been recorded. With Rupert still reeling from his wife's adultery with Emmy's ex and his medical problems, nothing is going to be straightforward. As a sleepwalker causes unexpected problems,ma mammoth family reunion for far too many people needs organising and, to top it all, Gloria returns! What a first season this will prove to be - complete with possible romance that Gloria will also endeavour to ruin. You'll just have to read this brilliant novel to discover what happens and how things are finally resolved! This author is a highly talented artist, painting vivid images in the imagination of her readers, bringing to life in full colour the characters, scenery and events in this rural French landscape. She made me want to hug some of the characters - and for a few others to use what my family refer to as my "teacher voice" to get them to see sense or reprimand them! I wanted to all of these for the heroine, who took me through the whole gamut of emotions at different points in the story. There are some laugh out loud moments - you just have to giggle when a critic inadvertently exposes himself to an elderly lady twice! Coping with the Thomson invasion creates more than a few headaches and laugh and t loud incidents. Through it all, Alain is such a superb character, quick to forgive, heartwarming and considerate- the antithesis of some of the others! I've loved escaping to this delightful community and really hope there are more stories to come in this series! Many thanks to NetGalley for gifting me a copy of this superb novel.
In Return to the Little French Guesthouse we follow Emmy who has returned to France to be the Manager of La Cour des Roses, the bed and breakfast where the first novel The Little French Guesthouse was set. After Emmy 's boyfriend slept with the owner's wife Gloria,she was well on her way to the realization that her life had become pretty dismal. Losing her boyfriend may have been embarrassing, but it actually opened up a world that she otherwise would not have thought of entering. As the book starts, Emmy has moved to France, become manager of the B&B, and is struggling with the difficulties of a customer related job. Luckily for Emmy, the author gave her a large circle of friends to call on for help. Those friendships give strength and depth to a fun, sometimes dramatic story line. I wanted to read this novel because I thoroughly enjoyed the first. I thought Emmy's path would be full of interesting choices, and knew her circle of friends would provide laughter and warmth. Alain, her love interest, is rather unique in that he seems to be a "real" man. I don't mean an alpha male, or a non speaking grunter. Alain is an accountant, which is about as normal a man as you can get, I think. Yet, somehow, this author infuses him with a sexiness, that draws the reader in, right along with Emmy. I love reading about their relationship because it just seems real. As I stated in my review of The Little French Guesthouse, I still picture Gerard Depardieu, as Rupert. Even though Rupert is British, and Gerard is French. Hmmm, I wonder if he can do an English accent? Pick up this book for a weekend read. You'll enjoy it, I promise. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bookouture, through NetGalley, for my honest review.