Title: Meet Me at Willoughby Close
Author: Kate Hewitt
Series: Willoughby Close #2
Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction
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.
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This book is very sweet. Ellie and Oliver are both nice and rather reserved and shy, especially when it comes to their feelings for each other. It takes a very long time for anything to actually happen between them, but they’re pretty cute throughout and it all makes for a pleasant, relaxed read.
There’s also a lot of life changes going on for Ellie and her daughter Abby, both of whom struggle somewhat to adjust to a new place and making new friends. I really enjoyed their mother-daughter relationship, with its mix of love, affection, frustration, encouragement and helplessness. I also liked how Abby tries to give her mum a much needed shove in Oliver’s direction – well someone had to.
Oliver has his own issues too, not least trouble with his family. But underneath the shyness and social awkwardness, he’s a sweet guy and perfect for Ellie.
In all this is a sweet, enjoyable tale full of awkwardness and charm. It is pretty slow going at times and isn’t going to surprise anyone with the way things turn out, but it still makes for a pleasant escape. I look forward to seeing where this series heads next.
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