#Review: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing
Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
Ellie Matthews has come to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a new start for her and her daughter Abby. But, life there doesn’t start out as idyllic as she had hoped. While Ellie loves her cute cottage in Willoughby Close, the Yummy Mummies at the primary school seem intent on giving her the cold shoulder, Abby has trouble fitting in, and her boss, Oliver Venables, is both surprisingly sexy and irritatingly inscrutable.
But miracles can happen in the most unexpected places, and in small, yet wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver’s nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family… and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver’s chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear.
Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?
Discover the heartwarming magic of Willoughby Close… with four more stories of hope and happily-ever-afters to look forward to.
I absolutely adore Kate Hewitt’s writing, she has a way of making you feel as though you are curled up in a warm blanket in front of an open fire even if you are reading the book on a cold bus stop in the pouring rain (yep I did that with this one!)
Ellie moves to the cozy village of Wychwood-on-Lea in Oxfordshire from Manchester with her sassy and clued in daughter, they are both in need of a fresh start and she has a great new job at the university, although when she starts the job isn’t quite what she expects.
Her new boss Oliver is a moody professor who she doesn’t seem to be able to get things right around, but she also finds him extremely attractive which she finds rather off putting as she has no intention of starting a romantic relationship with anybody, especially not her boss.
Some of the story comes from Oliver’s point of view which is actually quite adorable, he’s quite a socially nervous person and doesn’t really understand his feelings or what to do with them. He doesn’t understand social signals and so any signs coming back to him from Ellie are lost in translation.
The communication between the two of them is awkward, at times funny, and often in need of a translator. This felt quite different to many romantic comedies in that it wasn’t focused on people who were confident in their feelings and social etiquette. Kate Hewitt played the relationship well.
A special mention has to be thrown out to Abby, Ellie’s daughter, having been bullied at her previous school she’s going into the new school nervous and faces some adversity at her new school. I felt an affinity for the girl because she’s a geek, in love with fantasy. I loved how funny, grown up and independent she was.
A huge thanks to Kate Hewitt and Tule Publishing for the eARC in return for my honest review.
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Title: Meet Me At Willoughby Close
Series: Willoughby Close #2
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US