Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s weekend blitz for Marry Me at Willoughby Close courtesy of Neverland Blog Tours, you can catch my review below and the blitz schedule aswell so you know who the other blogs are hosting content and reviews this weekend. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.
Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.
Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he’s desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.
When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?
It’s always bittersweet when you reach the end of a series you’ve enjoyed. There’s the comfort with Kate Hewitt that she’ll have something else up her sleeve to replace the loss but knowing you won’t be spending anymore time with these characters you’ve come to love is quite sad.
The great thing about this book is that Kate Hewitt most definitely saved the best for last. This book was everything I look for in this genre, witty, funny, sad, and lovable, with that guaranteed happily ever after.
Lady Stokeley has hired Alice who we met briefly in Kiss Me At Willoughby Close. Alice will work as Lady Stokeley’s companion and ensure she is cared for as her cancer progresses. Of course Henry Trent, Lady Stokeley’s nephew isn’t so sure Alice is qualified and starts poking his rather posh nose into affairs.
It became apparent to me early on that Lady Stokeley had alterior motives to most of what she said and did and despite being sick she was completely devious and hilarious.
Alice was wonderful, not one to take Henry’s bully boy tactics, she stood up to him from the start, questioning him and finding a sassy side to herself I don’t think even she knew she had. Because of that she intrigued him and they developed a friendship and got to know each other, the book could only work out the way it did because of the way she found herself in those early pages.
Henry is someone I felt is always misunderstood, from a wealthy aristocratic family people make a lot of assumptions about him. He likes that Alice treats him like a normal person and just make assumptions. There’s a lot of depth to Henry, beyond the grump that we’ve seen in the previous books and uncovering that character in this book was wonderful. I particularly loved his relationship with his Aunt which was very special.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and if you’re only going to read one book from the Willoughby Close series then it has to be this one.
Sending a huge thanks to Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.
About Kate Hewitt
Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of romance and women’s fiction. An American ex-pat and former diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a market town in South Wales with her husband, five children, and overly affectionate Golden Retriever. To learn more about Kate, check out her website kate-hewitt.com, or join her Facebook Kate’s Reads.
- £10 Amazon giftcard – International (Kate will convert the amount depending on the location of the winner)
Book & Buy Links
Title: Marry Me At Willoughby Close
Series: Willoughby Close #5
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 18 July 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US