Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?
In January, I decided to chase away the winter blues by reading Helen Pollard’s “Little French Guesthouse.” Now on a sunny Spring break I have picked up “Return to the Little French Guest House.” It was a delight to join heroine Emmy as she began her new job as Rupert’s right hand woman. Filled with enthusiasm and great ideas she relished the task of putting the Guest House on the map, starting her own online business and developing her budding relationship with charming Anglo-French solicitor, Alain. But it is not all plain sailing. A critical review by a vindictive travel blogger instigates cancellations, a major booking for a large family was never recorded by Rupert’s wife, Gloria, and both she and Emmy’s ex-partner Nathan are still causing trouble.
However Emmy does manage to spend time with new friend Sophie visiting chateaux and nearby towns and she becomes closer to Rupert’s friends, especially Jonathan, who is beginning to feel his advancing age. It is a warm community, always willing to help each other out and most of the guests enjoy their holidays immensely. Once Alain returns from Paris, he and Emmy grow closer but will their previous relationships cause them grief?
There are some very humorous scenes occurring in the guest house and delightful repartee around Rupert’s dinner table. Combining these scenes with lovely descriptive passages and the romantic experiences of a likeable heroine, make this an entertaining follow-up not to be missed by those who read the first book.
You can find Return to the Little French Guest House at Amazon UK
My review of the original Little French Guest House is here
As a child, Helen had a vivid imagination fuelled by her love of reading, so she started to create her own stories in a notebook.
She still prefers fictional worlds to real life, believes characterisation is the key to a successful book, and enjoys infusing her writing with humour and heart.
Helen is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.