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Meet Me at Willoughby Close

(Willoughby Close #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  108 reviews
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
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Published January 31st 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a quintessential modern English novel, and for an Anglophile like me, it is heaven. The setting, the language, the food - everything is very English and I just wanted to jump inside the book and hang out in England with them.

I found this book to be like a warm blanket - comforting and warm. The characters were cute, the writing was cute; it was just a nice, light story with likable characters and a sweet storyline.

Evidently, this is the second book in a series (of which I was not aware
Claire Robinson
Jan 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 50%

I'll be brief. I am all for setting up a story, but by the halfway mark, I am expecting things to have moved along a lot more than they have (in that almost nothing has happened), as well as having my interest held with the odd occurence, and revelation here and there...

My mind is wandering and my interest waning, sadly there is just not enough I can find in a positive vein to encourage me to carry on reading. It's a shame as I quite enjoyed the first book of the series.

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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 bullyin
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Another women's fiction timepass novel, mostly enjoyable but I had a few niggles.

The story focuses on single mom Ellie and her daughter Abby, who move from Manchester to a village in the Cotswolds when Ellie gets a job as an an office assistant in an Oxford History department. They both need a change of scene, Ellie because she feels trapped by her loving but judgmental family and Abby because she's being bullied by the mean girls at her school. Ellie winds up being temporarily assigned to secr
Karen Whittard
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley? Publishers and Kate Hewitt for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

You can find my review on release date on both Goodreads and Amazon. In Goodreads under Karen whittard and on Amazon under k.e.whittard.

It was so nice to be back with the Willoughby close series and Ellie and Abbey. If you haven't read the first book in the series I suggest you read that before you read this one as it gives you lots of background information and a feel for the characte
C.J. Fallowfield
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first read by Hewitt, which I downloaded for free, and while it is actually the second in a series, it could be read as a standalone, which I did. Dealing with single mum Ellie, we follow her as she moves from the north of England to the Cotswolds with her eleven year old daughter, to start a new life, and new job, in Oxfordshire. Soon she finds herself falling for her hot, but nerdy, boss who is a Professor at Oxford University. It was a nice, fairly short, read, but was missing any ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, net-galley, kindle
This was a lovely return to Wychwood-on-Lea in a new series featuring the people who live in Willoughby Close.

Ellie wanted a new start for her daughter Abby who has been having a very tough time at school. She thinks moving to a quaint little cottage in a beautiful setting is going to solve all their problems. She's taken a job typing up notes for Oliver who is writing a book about the Victorian perception of children. Initially she finds him quite aloof- but there is a definate spark in the air
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
I found these characters really endearing and sweet. Oliver Venables was kind of old fashioned, almost fortyish gentleman who'd come undone when he met his personal assistant, Ellie Matthews. Theirs was a slow-burn romance, so slow that you might get annoyed at Oliver for not being too upfront for his feelings and at Ellie for always over-analyzing things between them. 

Abby, Ellie's daughter, and Tobias, Oliver's nephew, served as a glue to their bond. I liked how the kids were involved in a rel
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Meet me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt is the second book in the Willoughby Close series.
In the book we follow the story of Ellie and her daughter who are the first to move into the Close.
Ellie is divorced and still struggling to put all the pieces back together and move forward with her life.
Ellie has a new job to start at the University and Abby her Daughter is looking forward to making new friends after being bullied.
When Ellie starts working for professor, Oliver at the University the l
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I don’t like to write anything bad about books because I know I could never write and it takes talent to be a writer and engage the reader. With that being said, this was a hard book for me to read it just wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. The story wasn’t bad just long and drawn out. I would have preferred if Ellie and Oliver just admitted how they felt so drawn out and kind of left hanging by what happened with his sister.
Suze Lavender
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ellie and her daughter Abby need a fresh start. When Ellie saw pictures of Wychwood-on-Lea she thought it would be the perfect place for them and it seems like she's right. They're the first tenants of Willoughby Close and move into a cute cottage where they both feel at home straight away. Ellie only has one wish and that is for Abby to make a friend. The bullying at her previous school got so bad Ellie wanted to take her daughter away from it and Ellie needs a break from her family. They don't ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed my return to Wychwood-on-Lea and to the area of Willoughby Close. I first encountered the setting in the first book of this series, A Cotswold Christmas, but you don't need to have read it to enjoy this one. They are both completely standalone, although there are a couple of recurring characters.

I loved the story of Ellie and her daughter Abbie who have moved to Willoughby Close in search of a new life. Abby is 11, was bullied at her old school for being a bit of a nerd, and
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading the first in this series ‘A Cotswold Christmas‘ and thoroughly enjoying it, it was very satisfying to return to the little village of Wychwood-on-Lea as Ellie and her daughter Abby prepare to move in to the idyllic Willoughby Close.

This is written with such humour and affection you can’t help but be captivated by the characters. Ellie, young single mum who is eager to get away from her overbearing family and prove she can cope on her own. I’m afraid I giggled at Ellie ordering the
The story begins with Ellie driving to the Wychwood-on-Lea - to where she has relocated all the from Manhattan, hoping to start a new life for her and her daughter Abby. Estranged from husband, Ellie hopes Cotswolds would help her to have a fresh start again, especially to her tween daughter Abby, who was bullied throughout her school life. With Ellie's new boss and his nephew in the picture, the story progresses in a sort-of predictable way yet it's ensured to bring a smile on readers face and ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it

Ellie is a woman who never had the chance to find out who she is or what she wants from life. Falling pregnant at 17 and marrying childhood best friend Nathan, she made the best she could out of the situation. Always feeling overshadowed by her mum and sister she moves miles away to Oxford with 10 year old daughter Abby and family dog Marmite, needing a fresh start for them both. They are the first residents in Willoughby Close.

The emotional hook for me in
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc
I enjoyed this book very much because, despite two of the most emotionally crippled and communications challenged protagonists I've read, well, maybe ever, the author managed to make it all rather charming in a very dysfunctional, very British way. There were several places I laughed out loud; Marmite the dog was a terrific foil for our painfully insecure heroine and her angry tween daughter. And Ellie, when she wasn't swirling in a turmoil of insecurity and low self worth, was very funny. Bring ...more
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I would like to thank Kate Hewitt, Tule Publishing, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Ellie’s adult life has been about making the best of crappy circumstances. Getting pregnant at seventeen, dropping out of school, marrying a deadbeat husband, divorcing a deadbeat husband, trying to be a good single mother–she doesn’t regret any of it. Her daughter, Abby, is her everything. It comes to a point, however, when she needs a change. She moves to the Cotswo
Grass monster
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Blurb :
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 won
Fiona Marsden
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it

This is the second of the Willoughby Close stories. Ellie Matthews and her daughter Abby are the first to move officially into the Close at Number One.

Ellie is five years down from a divorce and still hasn't really got her life together. It doesn't help that Abby's father is the kind of happy go lucky charmer that can't be relied on, dropping in and out of their lives on a whim. Her 11yr old daughter has been bullied at school for being a nerd, because of her interest in fantasy books and gaming
Bette Hansen
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Willoughby Close and I loved this one as much as the first. They are completely standalone stories so you needn't have read the first to enjoy this one. In this story Ellie Mathews and her daughter Abby have moved to Wychwood-on-Lea to start fresh. Ellie to finally break all ties with her ex and Abby to get away from the cruel kids at school. At first it doesn't seem like much has changed but slowly they both start to make friends and settle into the small communit ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meet Me at Willoughby Close might be a love story but its also a story about starting over, learning to make friends, learning to build a new life in a place that is so far from the familiar and learning to be happy. When Ellie and her daughter Abby moves to Willoughby they both wanted to start anew but it doesn't translate as easily as they hoped for. As they settle in, both mother and daughter realize that sometimes, friends can be found in the most unusual of circumstances and home is really ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this a lot. It was gently paced, taking its time with the plot while giving us a taste for each new location and character. Wynchwood-on-Lea offers a great chance for Ellie and Abby to start over, but they bring their negative self image baggage with them. I thought that it was lovely that Lady Stokely would play the unlikely role of giving life and relationship advice. I feel like I spent my reading time making new friends and I really want to know more about how they get on.
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Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ellie and her daughter Abby are moving to Wychwood-on-Lea. Ellie broke up with Abby's deadbeat father, who bought a one way ticket to Australia. With nobody holding her back anymore Ellie needs a fresh start. The fact that Abby is having a rough time at school made the decision to move away even easier. Ellie found a job at the History department and she found a nice looking cottage where they can live together with Marmite, their dog. Ellie and Abby only took the necessary things that fit into ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A Cotswold Christmas introduced this series, but you can certainly read Willoughby Close as a standalone. Willoughby Close is a little collection of charming cottages on a large estate of a lovely royal-ish elderly lady. I have a feeling a collection of charming people will inhabit them all by the time the series is finished!

For now, we meet Ellie and her daughter Abby. Ellie has a new job at the University, and Abby is looking forward to making a fresh start where friends are concerned.

I so l
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet, delightful story of new places, and new beginnings. Meet Me At Willoughby Close (Willoughby Close, Book 2) by Kate Hewitt gives us Ellie and her daughter moving to Wychwood-on-Lea. Early on the reader sees the cause and the hopefulness the move will provide. The story moves at a somewhat slow pace, just like everyday life is everywhere. Surprisingly, by the time it is finished, the changes in Oliver, Ellie and Abby are remarkable. For that reason alone, I can recommend the book.

The sen
Tea Leaves and Reads
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I only just found out when writing my review, that this is number two in the series! It really doesn’t matter though, you can delve in wherever and it will still make sense – love books like that. 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…My only criticism is the ending…but if there’s more to come then maybe we’ll see the characters again in another book by Hewitt. The ending felt ru ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Meet Me at Willoughby Close' is a sweet easy story to pass away a few hours. The characters are believable and likeable although I did find Oliver a tad stereotypical. It didn't take a genius to figure out the ending of this book long before I reached half way, at yet I still wanted to pick the book up and follow the character's journey. I would happily recommend to other readers if you enjoy a book with a little less drama, although it is the second book in the series you really don't need to ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice Story.

I liked this book because, not being English, the author provided wonderful descriptions of the people and places so that I could imagine the being right there. Lots of the colloquialisms were new to me but that added to the authenticity of the story. The plot could have been fleshed out a little, as well as more about Lady Stokely but maybe the author held back for another book in the series. There were a few words missing but I blame that on the technology as I doubt the author or
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, maybe 3.75. Another lovely bit o' fluff that my overtaxed brain really enjoyed in between unpacking moving boxes. I think I will continue with this series and see what happens to Harriet in the next book.

Predictable characters, predictable plot, including the inevitable misunderstanding, quasi-breakup and everything that follows, but the characters are very likeable and the books can be read as standalone, which I like. References to Colin and Anna from the first book, but only in pa
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, nook
Ellie & Oliver
charming story about finding the right place for yourself and your life.
Ellie left the comfort of family and home to start over in a new place, new job, new school to get a restart. her daughter is being bullied and hopefully a new school she can find friends. things don't go the way you thought they would but maybe that's a good thing. her daughter Abby finds friends but they aren't your typical for an 11 year old.
Ellie was a teenage mother and now she is working on getting a
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