Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Intros -- The Little French Guesthouse


Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.
I'm reading a book on my Kindle that is very enjoyable. It's called The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard. If I had to guess, I'd suppose that I found this book based on a post by French Village Diaries. Jacqui always stays up-to-date on the latest books set in France.
Emmy and her live-in boyfriend Nathan travel from London to rural France for a holiday at a B&B. As the book opens, Emmy runs to find the wife of the B&B couple because her husband is having a heart attack. What she finds is her boyfriend having sex with the wife.
The holiday obviously falls apart from there. The book has a lighthearted, chicklit tone as she deals with the end of her relationship and starts helping out at the B&B, immersing her in French life.
Here's the intro:
I wish I could tell you that it happened like it does in the movies. You know the kind of thing. The heroine standing proud, oozing restrained fury. The audience's satisfaction as she delivers a reverberating slap across her lover's face. Her dramatic but dignified exit from the screen.
Believe me, there was nothing dignified about it. All I did was stand there shaking, rage and adrenaline coursing through my body like rabid greyhounds, my mouth flapping open and shut as I tried to find the words. Any words. Even a simple sound of outrage would have sufficed, but all I managed was a pathetic squeak. 
I'll look forward to seeing what everyone else is reading.

7 comments:

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I recently read this book and loved it! I'll be featuring excerpts on my blog soon.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment this morning.
Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I love guesthouses, and one in France looks especially appealing, so this one drew me in. And I can relate to the character's frustration at not being able to express her feelings. Who hasn't been in that spot?

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Literary Feline said...

Nothing is quite as "pretty" and well done as it is in the movies. Love the opening you shared. I will have to look for this book. Thanks for sharing!

Donna H said...

I think this could make a good summer read. Girl Who Reads

JoAnn said...

Just the mention of greyhounds got me... even if they are rabid ;-) The cover is pretty, too!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Not a bad intro. It sounds light and fun for summer reading.

Nise' said...

I like the intro and premise of the book.

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