#BlogTour: A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for A Vicarage Reunion, you can catch my review below. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post. If you missed my review of book one A Vicarage Christmas follow this link.

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Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District, where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters…

Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a sheep farmer and man of few words and moves back in with her parents.

Life as a singleton thirtysomething living in her parents’ house is miserable, but Esther is determined to re-boot her life, including going on a few unfortunate dates. She’s shocked when tight-lipped Will shows up on her doorstep determined to woo her back. They’ve been married for seven years, but Will wants to return to the beginning, dating and getting to know each other again.

New challenges face them as they start over–and new chances too. Can Esther and Will save their marriage, especially when faced with the hardest decision of all?

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Review

Esther has reached a breaking point in her marriage to Will. After losing a baby a few months prior to when this book is set she has become despondent with her life. She is fed up with the monotony of the routine her and Will have and craves something more, and so she packs her bags and leaves returning back to the Vicarage where her parents are preparing for their own life-changing travel plans.

What I love about Kate Hewitt is she doesn’t always go with the expected, the scenario you would expect here is girl leaves boy, girl meets a new boy, realises new boy is the love of her life, lives happily ever after. In this case though. Girl has to make some huge life-affirming decisions. Girl has to take the time to understand exactly what the root cause of her unhappiness is and do something about it. Boy doesn’t just slink into the background never to be seen again. He fights for Girl, learning what he did wrong, or didn’t do right and makes the effort he’s been neglecting.

This book is about rebuilding love, rebuilding a relationship. About two people finding themselves again after becoming so lost they almost lost each other forever. It’s beautiful, heart-wrenching, and all of the things I have come to expect from Kate Hewitt.

Sending huge thanks to Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

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TitleA Vicarage Reunion
SeriesThe Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #2
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 2 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 121
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for A Vicarage Christmas, you can catch my review below along with a guest post from Kate. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.

Description

Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

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The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite

A Vicarage Christmas is the start of a new series set in the Lake District, about four daughters of a vicar. As the wife of a (former) vicar with four daughters, and having lived in the Lake District, you might wonder if this is the case of art imitating life—and I suppose, to a small degree, it is.

The four Holley sisters are VERY loosely based on my four daughters, but really I think their characters come from their birth order, which is something that fascinates me. The oldest, Esther, is bossy and independent; the second oldest, Rachel, is the social butterfly and people pleaser. Anna, third oldest (or second youngest!) is the shy and quiet one, with hidden anxieties, and Miriam, the youngest, is the wild child baby of the family.

Of course, no person, real or fictional, is simply a product of their birth order, and all the sisters’ journeys involves them breaking out of their moulds, so to speak, and learning to embrace their full selves. It’s been fun to write about four sisters, as I observe my four daughters, currently ages 4, 9, 16, and 19, interacting. A Vicarage Christmas is Anna’s story, and the second book, A Vicarage Reunion, will be Esther’s.

What are your feelings about birth order affecting personality? Any truth to it, do you think?

Review

Anna Holley has avoided going home for years, going home reminds her of a tragedy that happened and brings out an awful anxiety. Her Father is the local vicar and being surrounded by pretty much the whole village is her worst nightmare. When she escapes to catch a breath and goes to the pub for a drink she meets Simon, a man she feels an instant pull towards and ends up spilling all her secrets to.

The next day she finds out Simon is her Father’s new curate and has to face the fact that he now knows everything about her, but Simon doesn’t want to back down and let Anna become a mouse again, he wants her to fly and face her secrets head on.

I loved Anna, I could relate to her anxieties and need to hide especially in social situations. Simon was such a wonderful character. His history made him wary but he also saw Anna for who she was at her heart, not who she portrayed to the world.

This is a short novella but a lot happens between the pages and the characters are beautifully portrayed, as always, by Kate Hewitt. This is a wonderful feel-good novel and will be a perfect Christmas Day read.

Sending huge thanks to Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk.

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TitleA Vicarage Christmas
SeriesThe Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite #1
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction | Christmas | Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 12 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 121
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#WeekendBlitz: Marry Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

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.

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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?

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Review

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.

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About Kate Hewitt

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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.

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TitleMarry Me At Willoughby Close
SeriesWilloughby Close #5
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 18 July 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 252
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: Kiss Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for Kiss Me at Willoughby Close, you can catch my review below. There is also a fab giveaway that you won’t want to miss at the end of the post.

Description

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?

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Review

I could barely contain my squeal of joy when I realised this was going to be the story where we found out more about the Willoughby Close caretaker Jace, I was sat on the bus as this dawned on me (I hadn’t read the blurb) so I did manage to keep said squeal inside…just!

In the fourth Willoughby Close story Ava moves into the close having just lost her Husband. Having married a much older man she had thought she had a happy if unconventional marriage (he was twice her age), but on his death she discovered her millionaire husband had left her ten thousand pounds, the same amount he left their cleaner, putting her marriage into a clearer light.

Moving into Willoughby Close she discovers there are genuinely friendly people out there, and Jace, despite being someone who infuriates her proves to be a rock she seems to like having around.

As someone who has read all of the novels I’ve been intrigued about Jace from the beginning, he has regularly popped up and I was so much more interested in him than Ava in this novel. Learning his back story, how and why he ended up in Willoughby Close was heartbreaking and for Ava to openly accept him was all I was wishing for. They seemed such a perfect fit to me, two people with broken pasts that needed someone to open their heart to the other.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and it is by far my favourite of this series, Find Me at Willoughby Close is an absolute treat and Jace is a complete swoon-fest and the kind of man dreams are made of.

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.

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

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TitleKiss Me At Willoughby Close
SeriesWilloughby Close #4
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 25 May 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 206
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

#BlogTour: Find Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Hey Guys, thanks for stopping by for Kate Hewitt’s blog tour for Find Me at Willoughby Close, you can catch my review below along with a giveaway. If you want to follow the tour there is a banner below with all the stops on.

Description

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she’s left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.

Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life–but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible…

Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts–but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.

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Review

I adore Kate Hewitt’s novels her writing is like a good friend which is a pleasure to sit down with a cup of tea and curl up with. Find Me At Willoughby Close is the third in this particular series of novels and see’s us following the story of Harriet who we briefly met in Meet Me At Willoughby Close as we followed Ellie’s story.

Harriet is what I would refer to as a Yummy Mummy, she’s got the nice house, a Husband with a top flight job in the City and she spends money like it’s water in a constant attempt to keep up with the Jones’es, she is not my type of person at..all!

When things go sideways for Harriet she is forced to move to Willoughby Close and to change her spending ways, re-evaluating her life, who she has become, and her marriage.

This novel very much felt like a learning journey as Harriet discovers the person she had turned into in her marriage, as she learns to not spend money on frivolous things and rediscovers the value of money, and the value of good relationships she starts to make changes and learn what she really wants in her life.

I didn’t fully connect with Harriet’s story. I didn’t like Harriet much and I found the story was far too centred around her children, which makes sense given the nature of the story, but it’s not a story focus I enjoy particularly. I also wasn’t overly thrilled with the way the book ended. I think it showed a great weakness on Harriet’s part.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read but definitely my least favourite of all of Kate Hewitt’s books so far. I definitely wouldn’t discourage anybody from reading it however and I’m not put off continuing to read Kate’s books in future.

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

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TitleFind Me At Willoughby Close
Series: Thrust #2
AuthorKate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 14 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 399
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#Review: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing

Description

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.

Review

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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TitleMeet Me At Willoughby Close
SeriesWilloughby Close #2
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 348
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#BlogTour: Meet Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing @NeverlandBT #GuestPost #Giveaway

Today I’m pleased to welcome Kate Hewitt to BrizzleLass Books as part of the blog tour for Meet Me At Willoughby Close. Kate has written a wonderful post on tackling serious issues in a lighthearted book, it’s a great read. There is also a tour-wide giveaway at the end of the post offering the chance to win a copy of the first book in this series A Cotswold Christmas (which I assure you is well worth a read!)

Description

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.

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Serious Issues in a Light-hearted Book

Meet Me at Willoughby Close is meant to be light reading, and I hope it leaves a smile on readers’ faces. But at the same time I’ve never wanted to write something that didn’t deal with deeper or more serious issues in some way. In the case of Meet Me at Willoughby Close, one of the more serious issues is bullying.

I was bullied as a child. I moved to a new, private all-girls’ school when I was seven years old and one girl in particular made my life a complete misery, hitting and pushing me during PE and then enlisting other girls to treat me in the same way, often saying cruel things that I still can recall thirty-five years later. It never ceases to amaze how cruel children can be at such a young age—but also how resilient, to endure teasing and cruelty and keep on going to school and surviving, as I did, and so many others do.

It is estimated that 50% of young people in Britain today are bullied. 19% are bullied every day. Worryingly, 41% of those bullied experience social anxiety and 33% have suicidal thoughts. When I was young I ended up missing a lot of school in order to avoid the situation, faking stomach aches and other ailments to stay home. Eventually I switched schools, and things got better. And sometimes I wonder what happened to that girl who bullied me out of the blue, the new girl who had done nothing to her? What is she like now?

Meet Me at Willoughby Close doesn’t provide answers to bullying, because I don’t think there are any clear ones. Tell a teacher and the situation often gets worse. Don’t tell a teacher and it remains intolerable. How do kids survive? In Abby’s case, in the story, she makes an unexpected and important friend outside of school, who gives her the self-confidence to hold her head high. But to find out who that is you’ll have to read the story… And you can find out what happens to the girl who bullies her, in the second book, Find Me at Willoughby Close!

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About Kate Hewitt

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Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

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TitleMeet Me At Willoughby Close
SeriesWilloughby Close #2
Author: Kate Hewitt
Genre: Romance | Humour
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: 31 January 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 241
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