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Marry Me at Willoughby Close

(Willoughby Close #5)

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Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion
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Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice James hadn’t had the easiest start in life, moving from foster home to foster home, then ending up homeless, with nowhere and no one to turn to.

She is shocked when she is given a lifeline by Ava Mitchell, a resident of Willoughby Close, who helps her get back on her feet, including sorting her out with a job.

Alice’s new job is to help Lady Stokeley, the 86-year-old who owns Willoughby Manor. Unfortunately, Lady Stokeley had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and had decided not to have t
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Jeanne Adamek
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The choice of what one reads at any certain time, I think, is that one NEEDS at the moment. Reading is so wonderful because (if you are lucky-- or as time goes by able to pick an author who writes the words that satisfy...) as a reader you can be transported to a place (a vacation), meet new people that you would love to know and interact with, live through the characters eyes situations either easy, nice or maybe even scary ones that make your pulse race. We can transport through time and live ...more
Cayla
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm brand new to Kate Hewitt's work, but I was given an ARC of this novel for an honest review.

The writing is well done. Alice James is working as a caregiver for a sweet dying woman who lives alone in her manor. Henry Trent is a nephew who comes across as a bit hard-nosed when the reality is that he's never been valued or loved in the manner that he deserved. Alice can relate to this (to some degree) as she grew up in foster care and had bounced from home to home due to her mother's drug addict
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
It took me a while to finally accept Lady Stokeley's fate and Henry Trent's turn over a new leaf, but nothing prepared me with the tears that run down my eyes after reading this book. Yes, I think this is the final book in the Willoughby Close series. And it was really good.

I met Alice on the Ava's story in Kiss Me at Willoughby Close and had grown to like her and her simplicity. I was quite angered at Henry Trent though for coming off annoying and brusque and obnoxious. But in this last book,
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Jackie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suze Lavender
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice has never experienced what it's like to have stable home. When she was a child she lived with several foster families. She didn't get the chance to stay anywhere long enough to become part of something. When Alice suddenly becomes homeless, a woman she's met by chance, Ava, offers her a place to stay at her cottage in Willoughby Close. There Alice meets Lady Stokely, a proud and friendly old lady, who lives in the nearby manor. Lady Stokely is terminally ill and needs someone to stay with ...more
Grass monster
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Blurb :
Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.
Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with
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Dixie
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love spending time at Willoughby Close! (Insert sigh here!) This visit brought Alice into the spotlight, caring for Dorothy (Lady Stokely) as she faced her final days, having decided to cease treatment for her cancer. We also get better acquainted with Dorothy's nephew, the Honorable Henry Trent, who heretofore has been presented as quite the young, rude, curmudgeon. Alice and Henry come from wildly different backgrounds and it is lovely to get to know them and to watch Dorothy's skill at seei ...more
Janine
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the conclusion of The Willoughby Close series. I don't think it could have ended any better than it did.

Henry Trent came across as mean and uncaring throughout the series. I was happy to find out more about him and hear why he seemed so mean, guarded and didn't want anyone to get close to him.

Alice James was the perfect companion and caretaker for Lady Stokeley. Having been brought up in the foster system, Alice didn't have much and never experience real love or friendship.
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Isha Coleman
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kate Hewitt puts her heart on full display with every character she creates and each tale she writes. The pain is real, the emotions are humanizing and the journey is cathartic. Alice is finding her way after years of uncertainty. She's searching for a place to belong. Will she find it at Willoughby Manor?
Ann
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this book is fairly predictable it's a good read. Book 5 in the Willoughby Close series it is easily a stand alone story. Set in England with carry over stuffy peerage, Alice becomes companion to Lady Stokeley during her last months fighting cancer. Lady Stokeley's nephew Henry is very proper and takes his linage very properly and lets Alice know that their attraction just isn't acceptable. Even thought this book is set in today's time frame, it could very easily be set in the early 190 ...more
Marianne
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it


July 16, 2017
Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt ** Weekend Blitz and Giveaway **
Welcome to today's celebration of Kate Hewitt's latest book, Marry Me at Willoughby Close. There is also the chance to win an Amazon Giftcard today, with details at the end of this post.

Welcome to Willoughby Close...a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver...

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before
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Annette
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice James has become a caregiver for Lady Dorothy Stokley. Lady Stokley has terminal cancer and her nephew, Henry Trent, believes that she must no longer live alone.
Alice is a former foster child whose young life has been colored by a lack of family and friends. She has survived and thrived in her life by sheer will. When she first goes into the Manor house, she is intimidated by Lady Stokley. But, eventually they come to an understanding. Lady Stokley's bark is worse than her bite and she is
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Emma
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down so
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Anniek
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After years of struggling things are finally looking up for Alice. She knows what it's like to be unwanted, but things are about to change now that she's met Ava. Ava has recently moved into cottage number 3 at Willoughby Close and understands the difficulties of having to start over with nothing but the clothes on your back. Alice isn't used to kindness, but has a connection with Ava from the beginning. Alice wants to be a nurse and has already got some qualifications. Lady Stokely, who lives i ...more
Claire
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

It’s always bittersweet when you reach the end of a series you’ve enjoyed. There’s the comfort with Kate Hewitt that she’ll have something else up her sleeve to replace the loss but knowing you won’t be spending anymore time with these characters you’ve come to love is quite sad.

The great thing about this book is that Kate Hewitt most definitely saved the best for last. This book was everything I look for in this genre, witty, funny, sad, and
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Book Gannet
The fifth and final Willoughby Close book closes the whole series out in style. Like the other books, it features a heroine who has been through a lot and who finds strength, friendship and even love within the small but increasingly tight-knit community of the close. We also finally get to know Lady Stokely’s mysterious nephew and learn a little bit more about Lady Stokely’s own feelings.

I really enjoyed this. Alice is a great character. She might only be twenty-two, but she’s been through a lo
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Kathy
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice James has drifted all her life, from one foster home to another, with no real roots anywhere. After having to leave the last place because she aged out of the system, Alice befriends Ava and ends up in Wychwood-on-Lea—but she still has no roots and continues to be listless and drifting. Finally, with Ava’s help, she lands a job as a companion to Lady Stokeley, and older woman dying of terminal cancer, who see no reason to continue any treatments for her illness and who just wants to end th ...more
Rachel
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all I have to mention that this book is part of a series however I would still class it as being able to be read as a standalone. Characters from the previous books are mentioned but it all feels natural as their backgrounds are introduced. I loved the strong connections that everyone shares at Willoughby Close. It's lovely to see all of the friendships that have been formed and how everyone rallies around Alice. You can feel Alice's emotions as this is the first time I guess that she h ...more
Lila Diller
Except for the few innuendos and few swear words (which were very subtle and easily forgettable), the rest was perfect! The ending did not feel cliched and left me feeling that perfect “awww” feeling and the bubbly giddiness of a perfect story.

I did realize this was the end of a 5-book series. I read it as a stand-alone and had no problem understanding the characters or plot. The British flavor was a little hard for this American to get into at first; especially the abbreviations that I had abso
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Laura Reading
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read and loved other books in this charming series, this one is the most bitter-sweet.
You may want to keep tissues nearby.
The residents of Willoughby Close look out for each other. Their landlady is an actual Lady, royalty.
She is an elderly recluse who lives in the Manor and stays seemingly much to herself. If you have read previous books in the series you know that she has become special to each of the residents.

Alice James is the most recent lost soul to find her way to Willoughby Close
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Sam
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kindhearted Alice has come from a troubled background, being pushed from one foster home to another, eventually being in the care of social services till she was too old to stay. Her education has been patchy and because she now doesn't have a home she is unable to continue with her NVQ course.

Ava Mitchell rescued Alice from the streets, sharing her home and getting a CV in order and finally helping her to get the position of companion/health care assistant to Dorothy, Lady Stokely, a cancer pa
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Sherry
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
The covers in the Willoughby Close series make them seem as if they will be light reads, but they are very misleading. This book includes a romance, but there are plenty of sad moments, too, given that the story revolves around a woman dying from cancer.

Alice is a very sympathetic main character. She’s kind and good-hearted, even though she’s had a rough life in and out of foster homes as a child, as well as having nursed her grandmother through her final illness. She desperately wants to feel l
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Paula Pugh
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in the Willoughby Close set which began with A Cotswold Christmas. It is such a lovely book filled with lovely emotion and sentiment. It might be my favorite of all of them.
This is the story of Alice and Henry and of Lady Willoughby. Henry has been mentioned in the other books and without much to like about him. He comes off as gruff, stuck up and downright mean to the other renters in Willoughby Close. He is the unfeeling nephew to Lady Willoughby or so everyone thinks.
Al
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Kerry Croucier
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alice James has had a tough life. A chance meeting with Ava Miller has given her the chance to finally get her life started, especially when it leads to a job with Lady Stokely. The only hurdle is Henry Trent, Lady Stokely's uptight nephew, who has not made a good impression on any of the tenants. When Alice stands up for herself and earns the opportunity to prove herself, she and Henry spend more and more time together. As the two grow closer, can Alice find a way to convince Henry that she is ...more
Eileen
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt, book five in her Willoughby Close series. Alice James has flitted through life after moving through several foster homes. Somehow she ends up in Wynchwood-on-Lea where she is befriended by the residents of Willoughby Close. Accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to the dying Lady Stokely, Alice finally believes she could put down roots like other people. Henry Trent, Lady Stokely’s nephew has not known much happiness in hi ...more
Shelagh
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cinderella, eat your heart out because Alice James has taken centre stage at Willoughby Close and what a rags to riches story she has lived! It is hard to imagine a more unlikely couple than timid Alice James and Lady Stokeley's nephew the aloof and stand-offish Henry Trent. Despite a clear attraction between these two, a happy ever after appears impossible at times.
Kate Hewitt's characters are always beautifully rounded and tat is certainly the case with Marry Me At Willoughby Close. It's not j
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BookSnuggle
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
This is Alice James and Henry Trent's story. It is also continuation of Lady Stokeley's story and the final book in this series.

Alice's life has been a struggle for her. She longs for love and to feel wanted. Alice wants to be living life not feeling like she isn't good enough.

Henry was raised with everything money could buy but also longs to be loved. He comes across as gruff and mean. Is this Henry's way of protecting his heart?

Alice is taking care
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Paula
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kate Hewitt ‘s Willoughby Close Series always makes me feel as if I have taken a mini-vacation to the British Isles. Marry Me at Willoughby Close has us at the big manor. Oh, boy! Lady Stokeley was a major supporting character in the first book of this series so I was thrilled to see more about her and her nephew in this story.

Alice James and Henry Trent are well matched in this story. As always, the characters find that if they dig deep inside they will find a way not to just survive but to li
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Angela
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the BEST of the Willoughby Close novels — light, fun, witty, believable. Loved Alice’s story, including her realistic fears about feeling settled after being a drifter for so long, and her reactions to handsome-but-snobby Henry. Alice was the perfect companion to elderly and frail Lady Stokely, unobtrusive and kind. I liked the cameos by the Willoughby Close neighbors from previous books in the series, and Hewitt did a fabulous job having them stay true to themselves — as did Alice, even ...more
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