Friday, April 29, 2016

100,000 Views Celebrations - The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard Book Review & Signed Book Giveaway

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Review by Suze
 
Emmy's relationship with Nathan isn't what it used to be. They've grown apart and Emmy wants to make things better between them. She books a holiday in France at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful place in the Loire. They arrive at the guesthouse and everything looks fantastic. Emmy instantly loves the place, but the company is a little bit less pleasant. After just a few days Emmy gets the shock of her life and her relationship with Nathan is suddenly over.
 
Rupert, the owner of the guesthouse, needs to take it easy for several weeks. Nathan has left with Gloria, Rupert's wife, and Emmy is there to clean up the mess. She tries to help Rupert with his business as much as she can. Rupert is in his sixties and even though Gloria is younger, she's still quite a bit older than Nathan. Emmy doesn't have much time to cry, because running La Cour des Roses is quite a bit of work. She also makes new friends very quickly. Everyone is warm and welcoming and some of them are going out of their way to make her feel happy again. Maybe the holiday that had such a disastrous start isn't so bad after all. Only it's just a vacation, so the good times have to end at some point...
 
The Little French Guesthouse is a book about a topic I absolutely love, a guesthouse in France. I like nothing more than to travel there and stay at one, which is one of the reasons why I fell in love with this novel as soon as I started reading it. Helen Pollard has brilliantly captured the French countryside atmosphere and her descriptions are both detailed and accurate. I loved La Cour des Roses and would have traveled there straight away if I could. Rupert is a wonderful man and I had so much fun reading about his eccentric character and his charismatic way of dealing with his friends and his guests that I kept wishing he would be real. 
 
Emmy is a sweet woman who's always there for others. I loved how her heart and her head constantly battle. I was curious to see which of them would win. She loosens up a little and the French countryside is good for her. I could picture the beautiful surroundings, the delicious food and the handsome men very well. I especially enjoyed the market day scenes which are so realistic. They were a lovely trip down memory lane for me.
 
Helen Pollard is a great writer. Her sentences flow easily and it isn't difficult to lose yourself in the amazing surroundings she writes about. Her stories come to life really well and I'm glad there's going to be a second book as I didn't want The Little French Guesthouse to end. I'm a big fan of France, I love a good romantic story and I have a weakness for mouthwatering food descriptions. This book has it all and I think it's the perfect summer read.
 
Giveaway
 
One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed copy of The Little French Guesthouse!
 
 
The winner will be notified by email and has three days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

36 comments:

  1. Love the review, it sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing it :)

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    1. Glad you like the sound of it, Judy :)

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  2. Is writing easy for you? Do you feel lonely being a writer?

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    1. I don't know about easy . . . it depends what mood I'm in! Mostly I enjoy it. Sometimes it can be stressful if I get behind. No, I never feel lonely< Mai - I have all those characters in my head! :)

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  3. Since when did you wanted to be a writer?

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    1. Hi Cristina. I think I secretly wanted to be a writer since I first started reading as a child. I particularly loved Enid Blyton. I thought how wonderful it must to be able to make up your own stories like that :)

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  4. Sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

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  5. I love books just like this one. Hope to read it soon.

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  6. interesting sounding

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  7. Your book sounds great! I hope I'm the lucky winner, I would love to read it!

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  8. Love the cover! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thanks, Edye. I was so pleased with the cover when I first saw it!

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    1. Thank you, Ireon. It really makes you want to go there, doesn't it?

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  10. Love the cover! I would love to read thi book. Sounds great.

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  11. Would love to read this. My mum and I used to run a guesthouse in Bath, England. It was fun but very hard work.

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  12. Fab review, it's made me want to grab this book and read it asap! Congrats on getting 100,000 views too - that's fantastic! :)

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  13. France do have a beautiful countryside. And lots of guesthouses! They are everywhere. They're usually the perfect place to take a break. This book sounds just like the right kind of light read. Great review! :)

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  14. I love the cover! It makes you feel like you're there! :)

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  15. This sounds like a great summer read, indeed.
    I wonder if there's something specific this book was inspired by, though.

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  16. It would be great to win a
    signed copy of The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard.
    I enjoyed reading the review of this book and i like the book cover.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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  17. I have had my eye on this book and love the cover.

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  18. For some reason, the cover (and title) of this books make me smile and feel warm inside. I HAVE to read this, I just know I'll love it!

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  19. I feel like my twitter newsfeed is full of pictures of this beautiful cover lately!
    I hope I'll have a chance to read it soon because it does sound like a beautiful read. :)

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  20. I feel like my twitter newsfeed is full of pictures of this beautiful cover lately!
    I hope I'll have a chance to read it soon because it does sound like a beautiful read. :)

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