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The Accidental Guest

(Once Upon a Winter #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Soulmates don’t just fall from the sky… do they?
Hannah Meadows doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, or any of the other things people reach for when they lose control of their lives. That is, until a man arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Day begging for help. Hannah’s not the sort of woman to turn her back on someone in need, but this isn’t what compels her to aid the
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published November 5th 2015
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, Christmas, stranger, heart-warming, attraction.

This was a pleasant little story perfect for a coffee break while you're Christmas shopping. It was quite charming and heart-warming, and although I enjoyed it, I was a little disappointed towards the end because it seemed to end so quickly and with a cliff-hanger.

As much as I've recently grown to love serials, this first part passed a little too quickly for me. I think that I'd like reading this much more as a complete work rather
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Accidental Guest has one of the best premises I've ever come across in a Christmas novella. Christmas dinner is cooking, the drink is starting to flow and there's an unexpected knock at Hannah's door. When she answers it, she finds a handsome stranger, a nasty cut to his head and no memory of who he is or what he's doing out in the deep snow.

Along with the rest of her family, Hannah ushers the stranger in and tries to help him remember who he is, but it's no good, and maybe worse, Hannah
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Also reviwed on Amazon.
First of all, the cover looks beautiful and I can imagine the scenery looking like that in the story.
The Accidental Guest is a beautiful intro of 'Tom' and Hannahs story that will hopefully continue in next book.

The story starts with Hannah, her sister Gina and Gina's daughter Jess making dinner on Christmas day. As per usual for them they are goofing around and having fun that is, until a man arrives on their
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided via Netgalley for honest review.

First THANK YOU to the author for saying up front in the synopsis that this is a cliff hanger. I was prepared and not screaming because it ended, but boy did she leave me hanging. This is the first book I have read by author Tilley Tennant. I will read her work again. She grabs the reader’s attention by providing vivid scenes using descriptive words that have you smelling the cooking as if you were sitting at the table with Gina and Hannah.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Because this is a very short read, I want to rate it just a bit below 4 stars.
It is not a complete story by any means, but it is so well written that it is satisfying and enjoyable.

The book opens with three females from one family, two sisters and one daughter of an age where she feels more adult than her mother and aunt. Both adult sisters have had bad experiences with men and find themselves unattached this holiday season. With a storm raging outside, they look forward to a day of good food,
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a bit of a weird book for me. I've read a few others by this author before, one I loved, the other I didn't really care too much for. This would be another I didn't particularly care for.
It took me a while to get into the book. The sister and daughter kept, I guess, stealing the show and they kept throwing me off when I'd finally get invested.
Tom, he was a peculiar fellow. Obviously, we didn't know anything about him, but he was an odd duck. I'm sure the next book will be a heck of a
Sally Coles
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hannah, her sister Gina and her niece Jess are busy preparing their Christmas dinner. ....and drinking snowballs much to Jess's disgust. .......when there is a knock on the door and there is an injured man standing there.

He has obviously got a head injury and has completely lost his memory, as he had no id at all and not even a phone, they decide to name him Tom.

Hannah immediately feels a connection to him but what will happen when the ambulance takes him away how will she ever see him again
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a PDF from Net Galley and so am now reviewing it :) Don't leave me this way! What a cliff hanger! where is the rest of it whereeee?! Oww! I need more! Hannah and Gina are sisters they are merrily cooking Christmas dinner when there is a knocking on the door, they are shocked because who comes to your house un announced on Christmas day? from there on the day is unlike any Christmas day they have had before. I enjoyed the style of writing this book had and how down to earth it is. I ...more
Donna Maguire
I love Tilly Tennant's books they are always such a good read. The writing in this one flows and I can't wait to see what happens in the next instalment. In this instalment we are just starting to meet the characters and I loved where the book went. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one. I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A lovely cover that reflects the christmassy atmosphere perfectly. It was a heart warming story with a lot of funny bits that ends with a cliffhanger that makes you want to start reading the next part right away. The writing style is very nice, pure and simple. I enjoyed it very much.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an awesome book to read, the background and history within the book was great, I will be going back and reading the rest. Thank you for a great book.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hannah is celebrating Christmas with her sister, Gina and her daughter, Jesse. The Christmas lunch preps are going on in full swing and they hear the knock on the door. Who can it be? The snow is falling heavily outside; no travelers then, but, they aren't expecting any visitor/guest neither. Hannah opens the door to a handsome stranger, who has lost his memory apparently. The novella revolves around the happenings of Christmas Day and how it affects Hannah, who has parted ways with husband ...more
Stacey Kym
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.


‘The Accidental Guest’ is a short novella that sounded like a lovely and absolutely CHARMING Christmas story just from reading the blurb. It captures the warmth and spirit of Christmas and the strong family bond we often share with our families during this time of year. It also had that special miracle that we often associate with Christmas that made the novel just that little bit

Charlotte Villette
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Hannah is a single lady who isn't really looking for another relationship after her last one ended after he cheated on her, but when her, her sister Gina and niece Jess are enjoying Christmas day with each other, they have an unexpected man turn up at Hannah's house with no memory, no ID, nothing. As soon as Hannah realise's just how cute this man is, she finds it hard to forget him.
I found this story line to be quite intriguing, I haven't ever read anything quite like this before. I am not
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas-2015
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews
Soulmates don’t just fall from the sky… do they? Hannah Meadows doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, or any of the other things people reach for when they lose control of their lives. That is, until a man arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Day begging for help. Hannah’s not the sort of woman to turn her back on someone in need, but this isn’t what compels her to aid the handsome stranger, nor is it the intense dark eyes, or the
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review first posted on my blog: http://spoonfulofhappyendings.blogspo...

Hannah Meadows is looking forward to celebrating a quiet and fun family Christmas with her sister Gina and niece Jess this year. However, an unexpected knock on the front door changes all of this, especially when Hannah finds a handsome stranger with amnesia on her doorstep. The man has lost his memory after obtaining some kind of injury and can't remember who he is, where he comes from or what happened. Hannah can't help
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Let me say up front that I dislike cliff hangers. When I buy a book or even a story, I expect to read the whole thing and not be left wondering what is going to happen, waiting for the next book. Nor do I like the fact that the author has sucked you into buying the next book to find out what happens. I guess they don’t know whether the book or (hopefully) books will catch on, and want to ensure someone will buy at least more than one in a series. I cannot figure out why else anyone writes a ...more
Petra Quelch
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Accidental Guest is the first part in Tilly Tennant new series Once Upon a Winter. I absolutely adore the cover! It feels like the whole book is put inside a snow globe and it seems the story itself is a bit dreamy too. It felt like the main character, Hannah Meadows, is having a particularly vivid dream, that started with a knock on the door on the Christmas Day. I adore Hannah, she the very kind girls- next door, ready to help even a stranger in a very dire situation.

The stranger " Tom"
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any of Tilly's work before now, I think I came onto the blogging scene part way through her last series, Mishaps In Millrise, but have seen lots of good things about her, so when the chance came to join in with the blog tour hosted by Brook Cottage Books, I jumped at the chance.

Being a novella this was a quick read, in fact I finished it in just over an hour, but that didn't mean that the story lacked in anyway - it was full of exciting and lively characters, mystery and wonder on
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

A new series starting by Tilly Tennant, that just sounds like paradise. Andi t really is. The blurb sounded great and I really loved this story.

Hannah Meadows lives in this big house outside of Millrise. For Christmas her sister Gina and niece Jess are there to visit. The three ladies are getting the food ready, when the doorbell rings. In front oft hem stands a handsome stranger, who has hurt his head and who seems to
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I went into this for some light entertainment & a Christmassy feel .. it certainly drew me in & I enjoyed every minute of it until I got to the ‘to be continued’ part, it finished a lot sooner than I wanted (which is a sign of a good book for me) .. having said that I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book!

It starts off as a typical Christmas Day in Hannah’s household, she is cooking a traditional turkey lunch for her sister Gina & niece Jess .. until there is a knock
Elizabeth Ray
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in preparation for a book tour. This was a cute novella about an unexpected houseguest. Main character Hannah, her sister, Gina, and daughter-in-law, Jess, are preparing Christmas dinner when an injured man comes to the door. Worse than his physical injuries is the fact that he can't remember who he is or where he came from. In their wait for the ambulance to come, Hannah finds herself inexplicably falling for this mystery man.

I enjoyed this book. The pace was good and the
Monica Miller
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not really my cup of tea. I was intrigued by the description, and I had something else in mind when I started reading.

It took me a while to figure it out the characters and what they did, it was filled with descriptions and wasted moments, I mean, for eighty pages you'd expect the story to flow easily, and I'm a big fan of novellas, they're amazing, as long as you can picture who is who, why, and how.

The end was supposed to be a cliffhanger, but I don't see myself reading on to find out what
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A quick, charming read, set at Christmas Time/Boxing Day in England. 2 sisters and a niece are having a little family Christmas when fate pops up in the form of an amnesiac accident victim. Handsome, charming and little boy lost, our heroine develops a bit of a crush on him. First and foremost, amidst a wicked snowstorm, the intent is to get him to hospital.

I loved the characters, especially the easy rapport between the sisters. I look forward to book 2!

*Thank you to the
Susan Duthie
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, novella
I am sorry that I am giving this story 3 stars, this is because its a novella and I just don't see the point of printing one. Why not the whole book in one go? 'The Accidental Guest' is the first one of four and takes hardly any time to read. Its a good story but obviously leaves you wanting more. I just don't understand this new trend of parts of a book and not the whole lot in one go. I have noticed that after the rest of a novella series is printed that the four parts are normally joined ...more
Grass monster
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this by Tilly Tennant, so much so i had to finish it which left me going to bed at 2am. Hannah, Gina and Jess were preparing for Christmas Dinner when an injured stranger turned up at the door. Added that extra sparkle with the decription of the food, Christmas drinks, festive films and how snowed in they were. One thing missing was the Stranger was not given an age. So i, untill Hannah started to feel a connection with him though it was an elderly man on the door step. I am dying to read ...more
Cas H.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Hannah gets a knock on her door and finds a guy who has no memory of who he is, or why he is there. Hannah can't just turn out this guy into the snow, it is Christmas after all. She invites the guy in and gets to know him a little while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. It is a heartwarming tale which ends way too soon. I am looking forward to reading book 2.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the 1st novella in a series of 4 and I for one can't wait for book 2. Oh what a busy yet very eventful Christmas Day. There is such depth in this book of 2 sisters and a 17 year old daughter. Such descriptive writing, I could hear bubbling pans and almost smell the vegetables cooking. A knock on the door certainly make this a Christmas Day that nobody will forget, "forget" did I really just use that word, haha!
Melanie Henry
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Accidental Guest Tilly Tennant

Nice easy read. Uncomplicated story line. An ideal book if you want a quick read that isn't too heavy.
jennie bowling
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Wow what a great book, its Christmas and she opens the door to a stranger who can't remember who he is or what has happened. Can't wait to read the next instalment
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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 ...more

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