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Watching Willow Watts

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  61 reviews
For twenty-five-year-old Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: whilst the elderly residents of Britain's Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when Willow's epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation is uploaded to YouTube.
Published by Prospero Publishing (first published August 14th 2011)
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Jessica Bell
Dec 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced review copy of this at the perfect time. Right when I needed a good laugh and pick-me-up. Ultimately, this is a 'feel good' book. But woven into the intelligent narrative, dry humour, and moments worthy of good old a belly laugh, is a subtle melancholy. Of course, this melancholy is not prominent, and is often completely overridden by Roland's remarkable skill at bringing the funniest elements of a scene to the surface, but it's there--lingering in the background. And clev ...more
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well the date has arrived; tomorrow September 14th is the official launch day of Talli Roland’s much awaited second novel. Talli is one of the new generation of writers that understands the importance of an online presence for an author. She certainly went to town with the launch of her debut novel The Hating Game clicking on the title will take you directly to the review I wrote last year. I said it in my last review but will say it again, Talli Roland is a very enterprising young woman that to
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“No one could make you fulfilled and happy except yourself”, is the premise and message behind Talli Roland’s latest novel Watching Willow Watts. In today’s society so many people are desperate to become famous in anyway they can, especially with the introduction of You Tube. Fame, is not all that it is hyped up to be and it is great to see a novel that shows some of the pitfalls and what really happens once the fame takes hold. As soon as I read the synop
Rea Cobb
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I seem to be getting my reading Mojo back and have flown through my latest book! It did help that it was a really enjoyable read. I have just finished Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland, this book is available on kindle with the official launch on the 14th September, but not to worry for all of you paperback lovers this will be available in paperback on 30th November.

For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father's antique shop a
Shaz Goodwin
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The story starts at the village fete where we are introduced to the characters. Willow’s best friend Paula is running a stall where fete visitors dress up as a celebrity and have their photo taken. Paula talks Willow into dressing as Marilyn Munroe, Simpson (who is the village tourism rep) makes a video which gets uploaded onto YouTube … and this one incident sends Willow’s life into a whirlwind of activity and emotions.

Belcherton explodes with visitors wanting to see Willow and along with this
Nikki Bywater
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Willow Watts lives in the small and very quiet village of Belcherton in the UK, having moved back there from living a good happy life in London, where she had graduated from a prestigious flower school in Knightsbridge after doing really well and landing a great job in Liberty’s. She had made the decision to return to Belcherton to be there for her father who since her mothers death seems not to be coping too well and Willow finds out his business is in debt. She is living a quiet life in the vi ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am thrilled to be writing a review of Talli Roland’s enchanting new book, having adored The Hating Game. I was drawn in straight away and couldn’t put the book down!

Willow Watts, a gifted florist beginning to make a success of her business in London, has returned to the weary village she hails from to care for her widowed father and his ailing antique shop. Life for her and the village takes a bizarre turn when the ghostly image of Marilyn Monroe is seen in an otherwise embarrassing YouTube vi
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Talli's other book, this was a refreshing, original read. I'll try to review this without giving away spoilers.

It's a story about Willow regaining her dreams, and taking her life back. The plot maybe a little far fetched - would thousands of people really believe Marilyn had chosen Willow? - but it works in fiction and make believe if you allow yourself to be carried away into Willow's world.

Compared to some romance that I've read, the hero is not featured heavily in the book (but this is
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to receive an advanced review copy of Talli Roland’s newest novel, “Watching Willow Watts.”
Willow has left her life in London to look after her father and help with his declining antique business.
I fell in love with Willow Watts as she forced herself to swallow her neighbour’s kumquat marmalade at the village fair. Her best friend, running the celebrity dress up booth insists she put on the “musty smelling white satin dress” and platinum wig. Willow ends up in a video that goes
Glynis Smy
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
She’s done it again! Talli Roland has written another red carpet, chick lit read. Watching Willow Watts is entertaining, different and packed with humour.

Romance for Willow Watts -a young florist from a small community-has flown the nest. Her love life is zero. Baking cakes for the ladies group and her hopes of recovering money to cover her father’s small shop debts are about as exciting as her life gets. Until a YouTube video puts her hometown on the map, then life gets a little crazy.
Willow f
Janice Horton
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading and really enjoying The Hating Game back at the start of the year, I’ve been really looking forward to Talli Roland’s next book. Watching Willow Watts is a fantastic up-to-the minute story involving a UTube video, instant fame, and how Willow Watts handles it all while impersonating Marilyn Monroe. The characters in the story are all so well portrayed, especially Willow, who is a kind and generous soul who goes along with all the craziness for all the right reasons. The pacy e ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was my first Talli Roland book and it definitely is not my last. Watching Willow Watts is a story about how many times we feel fame and fortune will get us everything, but rarely is this the case. When a person gets caught up in being in the spotlight, they lose a sense of who they are, as Willow Watts does in this story.

I love how Talli weaves a string of characters into one story, from a money hungry lousy talent agent, a loving best friend, a woman who wants to see justice done, a warm s
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the first chapter I was hooked. Willow is a dear person, having left her dream life back in London to care for her widowed father and his dusty antique shop. The characters in this forgotten village are well-drawn, and I chuckled throughout at their odd and endearing ways. The Marilyn scenes are hilarious. Skinny Willow trying to maneuver about with her stuffed booty had me laughing out loud.

You've got romance, humor, friendship and a villain you love to hate: Talli Roland has a real winne
M.W. Arnold
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What to say about Willow Watts?

Firstly, and I make no apologies for this, she resides in the most wonderfully named location in any book (or film I’ve seen for that matter) I’ve ever read. Belcherton! The name says it all and it’s backed up by being noted as Britain's Ugliest Village. So, huge kudos to Ms Roland for going against the grain of ‘picture-perfect-postcard-settings’.

Willow Watts is your everyday lady, so even more kudos there, with a determination to save her widowed father’s Antique
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
When I read a very early copy of Talli Roland’s debut novel The Hating Game last year, I was in love. It was a very original novel with a brilliant plot and insanely wonderful characters. So I was pleased to see Talli would be releasing a second novel and after reading the synopsis for Watching Willow Watts, I was hooked and I couldn’t wait to read it. When Talli emailed me an early copy for my Kindle I was deliriously happy and very eager to start reading it. I’d just finished a previous novel ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This will now be the second time I have written this review! As the first time my computer crashed and I lost it all!
Anyways –
I’m not a huge reader of the chick-lit genre. Usually, I tend to read more ‘serious’ fare. But occasionally every girl(/woman) needs a little escapist easy reading, where some sort of happy ending can be expected. All that said – I’m not really one for hugely trashy, overdone romances. Where the characters are too flat, obvious and the women ‘need’ a man to solve all th
Michael Di Gesu
Sep 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go from a passive, simple life only to be thrown in the mixed of paparazzi and adoring fans as a U-Tube superstar?

Willow Watts certainly does. Innocently donning on a cheap bleached-blond wig and a stretched out moldy dress for a local charity event in the small town of Belcherton, Willow is coaxed into singing Marilyn Monroe's signature "Happy Birthday Mr. President" song.

Filmed by the head of the town's tourist board, Simpson Dyer, who is despera
June Louise
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Willow is a plain lass, living a rather humdrum life in Britain's Ugliest Village, Belcherton (fantastic name!) having moved there from London following the death of her mother and split from her boyfriend. All plods on uneventfully until she dresses up as Marilyn Monroe for fun at the village fete and is recorded and subsequently uploaded to YouTube by the village's resident Mr Tourism, Simpson Dyer (again, another fantastic surname - it reflects the state of the village). Within a short space ...more
Samantha March
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Willow Watts was just starting to make something of herself when everything changed. She was living in London, working to become a well-known florist, happy with her boyfriend and her life, when her mother passed away. Willow felt she didn’t have any other choice but to move home to the village she grew up in to watch after her father and his failing antique shop. She lost her wonderful boyfriend, her budding career, and a little piece of herself after moving back home. Her once thriving life ha ...more
Denise Covey
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I adored this fun read by Talli Roland. It is both zany and poignant. I love the bizarre descriptions of English village life as Willow leaves her London career as a florist to return to Belcherton, England’s ugliest village, to care for her recently-widowed father.
The story gets underway with the ghostly image of Marilyn Monroe hovering over a You Tube video of Willow doing a dreadful impersonation of the icon. She is practically an overnight sensation and on her way to stardom, complete with s
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Talli Roland's WATCHING WILLOW WATTS shines like a bright star in the chick lit world.

Willow Watts never imagined dressing up as Marilyn Monroe for her best friend's celebrity picture booth would change her life. When her imagine is up on YouTube and appears sanctioned by Marilyn's ghost, Willow goes viral. Marilyn's fans proclaim her as the new Marilyn and everyone is clamoring to make a pound, including Willow. As the new Marilyn learns what fame means, Willow discovers the truth in who she is
Jennifer Daiker
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Talli Roland is adorable with this wonderful new novel. Even if you aren’t a fan of Marilyn Monroe you’ll be rooting for Willow Watts all the way.

Willow is so relatable right from the opening scene – trying to be nice to neighbors, leaving something behind she loved to take care of her dad, the obstacles we experience in life that are brought to life. So when Willow is given the opportunity to save her dad’s shop she takes on the challenge, even if she’s the farthest thing from Marilyn Monroe.

May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
First of all, I'd like to thank Talli for everything. And she knows what for:) I guess she is the only author that is taking so good care of people who want to read her work. So big, big thank you.

The book itself. Talli picks topics that I have not read in the books yet. And this book made me actually think. It was not a no - brainer (again, no offence, I need no - brainers as well!!!!) but a book that really make people think: what they do, how they do and why they are doing it.
Maybe there was
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Talk about chick lit at its best!

I don't usually read this genre, but I've been very lucky in the ones I do read. They've always:

a) been British; and

b) come at just the right moment, when I'm on vacation or simply need a book to unwind with.

Who can forget Carole Matthews' Let's Meet on Platform 8 or Claire Calman's Love Is A Four Letter Word?

And now I've got a new favourite - Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland.

Featuring the charming, down to earth Willow, hilarious one line send ups about sma
Lisa Maliga
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Talli Roland has created a warm and likeable titular character in her second book, "Watching Willow Watts." The reader feels lots of sympathy for Willow as she's trying to keep her widowed father's antiques shop from going under. Not only does she miss her mother, but also the life she led in London. The Willow of two years ago was happily working as a florist and was in a relationship with an architect.

The action starts early and never lets up. Willow is reluctantly turned into a Marilyn Monroe
Medeia Sharif
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Willow Watts is a sweet young woman who left London to live with her widowed father in a small England town. When she impersonates Marilyn Monroe and becomes a Youtube hit, people think she's not only an impersonator but the spiritual incarnation of the Hollywood star. The village turns topsy-turvy with the media attention. Then a shady agent hones in on Willow to transform her further into Marilyn, romance her, and swindle her. Willow falls for his lies because she wants to help her father get ...more
Arlee Bird
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
In this short novel Talli Roland tells a blithe tale about when ordinary people are confronted with big changes. The storytelling is skillful and told with humor and heart. The characters are portrayed realistically with no airbrushing or cosmetic cover ups--we see the good and the bad and love or detest them for who and what they are.

The message in the book is a good one portrayed in an entertaining way. The story deals with people with empty spaces in their lives that need filling. Roland e
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Watching Willow Watts is a fun, laugh-out-loud read interwoven with sweet spots that warms your heart and makes you want to hug your best-friend. With witt and charm, Talli Roland creates an unforgettable character in Willow Watts, a small town girl turned over-night star via, of course, u-tube. Willow's motivations to become a star are pure, wanting to help out her dad's ailing business and her town's low reputation. But stardom comes with a cost, even with the best intentions. And not everyone ...more
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to say that I love Talli Roland's style of story-weaving. Her creativity never ceases to amaze or amuse me. The sense of humor in each scene always keeps me laughing. Several moments in this story move toward dark humor, and maybe I'm not laughing out loud then, but I'm still entertained and ready to read more.

The story progresses through several weeks as Willow Watts struggles with her own identity and her new life as Marilyn Monroe. One of many facets of this story that make it g
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that's what I like, a 100% Chick Lit book. You know exactly what you are going to get. A darned good read.

I was going to save this for holidays next week, but I thought I'd read a page or two. Next thing I knew was I'd finished it and it was dark outside.

It's the story of Willow Watts who, after living in London for a while, goes back to her small village to live with her dad and gets caught up in whirlwind after appearing on You Tube.

It was a great read. The story just flowed and even tho
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Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her sec

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