Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Bookouture via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: Look at the cover of this book and ask yourself, how hard would it be to leave a place like that to return to the mindless rat race? Yeah. Me, too. And doesn’t it just scream “summer read”? It reminds me of a brightly colored watercolor I got from a street artist in Florence many moons ago. It lightens my heart just to look at it. Probably I shouldn’t start by blubbering over the cover art, but I’m just so in love with it. 😉
In the first few pages of the book, I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like it. This big dramatic scene happens and I didn’t even know the characters yet, so I didn’t really know how to feel about any of it. But in hindsight, I understand why it begins that way. That one incident unravels Emmy’s entire life in one fell swoop, and it is through the aftermath of that event that we really get to know – and truly love – her, to root for her as she works through what comes next. What does she really want? Has she been on autopilot her entire adult life? Does she have the guts to take a risk and chart a new course? What is truly important to her?
The cover is so warm and inviting, and there is a lot about this book that is as well, but it isn’t fluff. It’s a little escapist and a lot thoughtful. It’s fun and endearing whilst taking a good luck at the assumptions we make about what our lives are supposed to be composed off, about taking stock of our lives before it’s too late to turn back.
Once you get to know the community surrounding La Cour des Roses, it is difficult to leave them. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by such a loving and accepting group of people? And if I read correctly, there is a sequel in the works, so if you were as sad to leave this story as I was, you can sleep easy knowing another trip to La Cour de Roses is on the way.