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 the 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, 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.
This was an absolute treasure of a read. The enticing cover promises ‘The perfect feel good summer read’ and it truly delivers. From page one you are taken on a wonderful journey through the French countryside with some fabulous new friends.
Emmy’s holiday doesn’t get off to the best start when her boyfriend runs off with the hosts wife Gloria. Rupert has suffered a suspected heart attack and Emmy feels obligated to stay and help him run the guesthouse whilst he recovers.
We get to know the nooks and crannies of the guesthouse which sounds delightful and the gites. It made me want to go and book a holiday straight away. Emmy uses her marketing skills to come up with a fresh approach for Rupert to consider and it was lovely to imagine the little changes going in and making the rooms so pretty and enticing.
Emmy has to deal with Rupert bossing her around a little, but they develop a wonderful friendship and he’s keen to play Cupid. She goes to the markets with him and you can smell the coffee when they stop! Troublesome guests also add to the charm of the story.
It’s full of really interesting new friendships, blossoming romances and wonderful images of La Cour des Roses. Emmy has a lot to think about even whilst keeping extremely busy helping out. Is it time to make a clean sweep and change her life along with her boyfriend? We keep turning the pages to see where she chooses to take her life.
I was absolutely delighted to read at the end that there is going to be a very welcome second book in this series.
With many thanks to Bookoutre, one of my favourite publishers and Net Galley for the fantastic opportunity to discover a new author who will become one of my favourites.