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Series: Willoughby Close #2
Title: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
Author: Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Holiday, Tule Publishing
Published: January 31st, 2017
This is another great heartwarming romance by this very talented author. It is the second in the series and I confess I haven’t read the first on yet, though I now intend doing so! It still works well as a standalone, in my opinion.
The heroine for this story is divorced single Mum, Ellie Matthews who has moved to Willoughby Close hoping for a fresh start for both herself and her eleven year old daughter, Abby. Abby is in her final year at Primary School but is having a dreadful time with bullying that hasn’t been sorted, even though it has been going on for years (shame on that school!!). Ellie wants to give her daughter a better opportunity to make friends well away from their Manchester home and has been successful in getting a secretarial position working in the History department of Oxford University, despite the comments and attitudes of her parents and older sister who don’t really want them to move so far away.
Oliver Venables is a professor in the History department and, after the unexpected departure of his PA, he’s been allocated Ellie to work with. After some unanticipated difficulties with start dates and his introverted demeanour, things don’t look too promising. However, Ellie is so warm hearted, she can melt even the most frozen of hearts and both start to be attracted to each other, despite themselves and their wariness. With more obstacles to be overcome, can they overcome their very real fears to find happiness together?
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There are a plethora of well developed, intriguing characters who are brought to life in the story. You’ll get to meet members of the nobility, people who like to act as if they should be and others who have no such aspirations in the story. I love the community of Willoughby Close and thoroughly enjoyed this story. The character and relationship development is superb, making this a superb story to escape into. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates ‘clean’, well crafted romances with brilliant characters and an enthralling plot. I can’t wait to read more from this author and from this series!
Many thanks to the publishers who gifted me a copy of this book through NetGalley without any obligations. This is my honest review after choosing to read it!
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.