Happy Friday y’all!
Well this week went really fast! This was such a delightful story and I am so excited to share my review with you!🐐
Tilly Tennant has crafted a lovely story filled with hope and heart. I never thought I would say these words but… I think I want a donkey. Hattie returns home from Paris to the sleepy little village of Gillypuddle (got to love that name). Her mother a retired lawyer and her father a retired doctor are both pushing her to finish her education, but that is not in Hattie’ss plans. There aren’t many employment opportunities in this small village so Hattie finds herself working at a donkey sanctuary. Her standoffish boss Jo is a puzzle to her. Seth the vet is intriguing and Owen the newspaperman well… the jury is still out on him. There is a lot of growth and change in the story. Hattie truly begins to find herself, her parents suffer a tragedy, and Jo has quite the transformation.
there was so much charm in the story, I mean just look at the cover. I loved this little village and all the residents. Hattie was a wonderful character and I loved how she really took to these donkeys. I also really enjoyed her friendship with Jo, she was not easily deterred. The romance was Sweet, and went in the direction I was hoping. Another delightful summer read to add to the TBR!
*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***
About the Book
Escape to the daisy-strewn windswept Dorset cliffs, to the donkey sanctuary at Sweet Briar Farm, where Hattie Rose is about to find, that in this world, the most unlikely opposites can sometimes attract …
Hattie was once thrilled to call the beautiful city of Paris her home. But when her heart is broken by her boyfriend and she loses her dream job, she bids farewell to the city of love and hurries home to Gillypuddle, a sleepy village on the Dorset coast. But as she returns home she finds her parents struggling to cope with a terrible family tragedy.
In a desperate search for a new start, Hattie takes a job at the donkey sanctuary nearby on Sweet Briar Farm where Jo, the taciturn owner, certainly loves her animals far more than humans. Hattie can’t help but fall in love with the donkeys (and the opportunity to get close to dreamy Canadian vet Seth) but Jo is harder to get to know and when she finds her boss sobbing in her sleep one stormy night, she knows that her new friend is hiding a dark secret.
And when handsome newspaper reporter Owen does some digging into Jo’s past he finds something that connects her to Hattie on a whole new level. Can Hattie trust what Owen says, especially when he seems intent on standing in the way of her blossoming romance with Seth? And can Hattie help Jo to start healing and the donkeys of Sweet Briar Farm?
A beautiful story that will melt the hardest of hearts. If you love Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver you will be enchanted by this life-affirming read that reminds you that home is wherever the people you love are.
About Tilly Tennant
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.
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