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Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt
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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 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 Stokely's nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she's started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he's desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.

When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly be the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?




My Thoughts

I have enjoyed meeting the inhabitants of Willoughby Close but found the final episode a bit bitter-sweet. I have particularly enjoyed meeting each new member of the Close. My over-riding pleasure this time out was to meet Lady Stokeley and to sense her pleasure as she sized up the opposition. She is a great character- full of realism, cynicism and good old fashioned common sense.

I particularly found the character of Henry to be intriguing. As you find out more about his past, you discover that he has much in common with Alice and has hidden depths. All though he may appear to be the stereo-typical hero, he is in fact more nuanced than that, with much more to say.

The real star of the show is the Manor itself, which gives the backdrop to the final Ball Scene. It roots the characters to the story , the centre-pin of the whole series of books. I will miss the characters and have admired how the baton has been passed from each person as each book has started.

In short: escapist romance with a touch of vinegar.

Thanks to the publishers for a copy of the book

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Reading Progress

July 3, 2017 – Started Reading
July 6, 2017 – Finished Reading
August 16, 2017 – Shelved
August 16, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read

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