Blurb: 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 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?
My Rating: 5/5
Review: I loved the cover of this book when it was revealed and was hoping the inside would be as good as the outside and I was not disappointed. This was an excellently told story that kept me engrossed from beginning to end as I had to see what happened to Emmy and Rupert and everyone else. Both Emmy and Rupert and all the other characters are well-written and realistic, I could easily imagine all of them – voices, faces, etc – which doesn’t always happen. The descriptions were so good that I was craving an ice cold drink simply because the characters were having one at that point and it sounded so nice! The author did such a good job describing the locations themselves which meant that, for me, France was bright, sunny and had a yellow/orange glow around it whereas when Emmy was back home it was all dull, drab and slate blue/grey. There was such a marked contrast in how they appeared in my mind that I felt as uncomfortable and out of place as Emmy did. The biggest disappointment with this book is that the guesthouse isn’t real! I would love to be able to spend some time there relaxing in the garden and visiting the town and the market, it sounds so idyllic and relaxing.
If you want an escape from life, however temporarily, then this is the book for you. On the cover it says this is the perfect feel good summer read and I completely agree, it transported me away from what was a cold April evening to a warm, sunny summers day. So, pick up the book, get yourself a glass of something chilled and prepare to travel without leaving your seat.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me have a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.