The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review


the christmas wish

The Christmas Wish written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

A Christmas Wish - Blog TourI voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Christmas Wish.

I really enjoyed this latest festive read from Tilly Tennant it was uplifting, joyous but full of life’s hurdles taking you on an emotional journey.

Tilly Tennant for the last few years has been treating her readers to wonderful, heart-warming stories that are set in idyllic locations.  The Christmas Wish takes the reader on location to the rugged beauty of the Peak District and then to a spell-bounding village in Lapland.

After a disastrous relationship back in London were Esme had been living and working she decides to pack her bags and move in with her Gran in a quaint village in the Peak District.  Esme was feeling pretty low as all her self-esteem had been quashed by her ex-boyfriend.  With the help of her Gran, her homely cooking and the bright, fresh air from the hills Esme starts to regain her confidence.

Sadly when tragedy strikes and Esme loses the support she thrived on Esme starts to think of her previous life back in the city and wonders whether she’s made a big mistake.

Esme’s Gran left her with a wonderful present, a trip that they had both talked about, a trip of a lifetime to Lapland.  In honour of her Gran’s wish Esme embarks on the trip and meets up with fellow solo travellers and an unlikely bond is soon formed.  A quartet of solo travellers from all walks of life and ages have one thing in common, a desire to see the Northern Lights in Lapland.  Can this trip to a remarkable location help Esme with decisions about her life?  Will these strangers be the listening wise ears that she now misses?

I loved getting to know the other solo travellers with Esme.  They all sounded interesting and the banter that soon emerged between Hortense and Brian was comical and also endearing.  Zach the other solo traveller was a character that you could sense he shared a common vulnerability with Esme but he was so guarded with his emotions you couldn’t predict the atmosphere.

This was a gorgeous festive read that was life-affirming, uplifting and takes you on a scenic and emotional journey.

About the Author

tilly tennantTilly 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 and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review


The Summer of Secrets written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.

But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth…

As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village.

Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

The Summer of Secrets - Blog Tour

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of  this book.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied.  However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Summer of Secrets.

I adored this wonderful heart-warming story that captured my soul and left me glued to my ereader and I didn’t want the story to end.  Alas, I’m now bereft and missing my dose of feel-good from Harper and her friends at Silver Hill Farm.

I’ve always loved the idea of living on a farm and also having my own tearoom so this new novel by Tilly Tennant was a must read for me.  Harper Woods, the main character, has now been established at her little oasis of calm amongst the natural beautiful landscape in and around Silver Hill Farm with it’s small animal petting zoo and tearoom for a year now.  After escaping an unpleasant relationship back in Weymouth Harper and her best friend Pip moved to Cerne Hay to start anew and now feel accepted in the village. This new venture has given Harper back her confidence and she is starting to enjoy life again.

Unearthing an embossed box in the grounds of the farm which looks to hold some antique jewellery Harper’s life is about to get a lot more interesting and bringing her unwanted attention from the press and treasure hunters.  With the help of a historian working at the local museum a quest is started to find the original owners of the find.  Finding proof of the original owners is proving to be more difficult than first expected.  I loved this side of the story investigated the past of long lost treasure, it was fascinating and made a great diversion in the storyline.  Will the chance of fortune alter the course of Harper’s future?

As so often in village life any relationship entanglements are scrutinised and gossiped about and indiscretions in the past often find a way of being misinterpreted.  Will these secrets from the past stay hidden?

A gorgeous story with a wonderful feel-good warmth emanating from the storyline.  After our recent late onslaught of winter weather The Summer of Secrets has been a vital boost to the soul, thank you Tilly Tennant for bringing some much needed sunshine.

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Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant


Christmas at the Little Village Bakery (Honeybourne book 2) written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.

Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.

Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?


I’d like to thank the publishers and netgalley for an arc in return for a review.

This is my first Christmas read for the new season 2016.  It was so lovely to return to the village of Honeybourne and it sounded even more idyllic with the run-up to Christmas.

We join again the much loved villagers we got to know in book 1 with Millie and Dylan, Jasmine, Rich and the triplets.  Spencer is back from his secondment teaching in the US with his fiancée Tori and we have a newcomer in the village, Darcie, Millie’s cousin.

The villagers are gearing up for Christmas but with the village and surrounding areas swamped in snow life isn’t without incident.  Spencer’s parents and his prospective in-laws are due to arrive for the festive season.  Spencer is very much on edge with their imminent arrival and his relationship with Tori is strained.

Millie’s cousin, Darcie, was experiencing some questions of the heart herself and with the arrival of two strangers in her life she becomes even more confused with her feelings.

This was another feel-good story from Tilly Tennant.  It felt like diving in a book with long lost friends and with the warmth and cosiness emanating from the bakery you can’t help but feel like you are ‘at home’ with this delightful story.  A story with some bumps in the road of love for our villagers and wonderful community spirit which kept you captivated to the end and beyond.  I’m looking forward to the next instalment in The Honeybourne book series. 5/5*

I’m really enjoying this series by Tilly Tennant, you can find my review for Book 1 The Little Village Bakery (Honeybourne Book 1) by Tilly Tennant book review here.

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The Little Village Bakery (Honeybourne Book 1) by Tilly Tennant book review

the little village bakery

The Little Village Bakery (Honeybourne book 1) written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture is available from WEDNESDAY 15th June 2016 in ebook and paperback format.

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Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.

Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.

Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.

But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.


I’d like to thank the publishers Bookouture and netgalley for an arc in return for an honest review.

I adored this delightful story from Tilly Tennant and I am already pining for more from the characters I’ve learned to love in the charming village of Honeybourne.

Tilly has created such likeable characters. I liked Millie from the start, I could feel her heart ache but could sense there was more to her character. She was kind, considerate, creative. I loved how she knew apothecary and was interested in all things magical and mystical, it made her a ‘supercool’ character within the village.  Dylan was instantly likeable, the village lothario living a carefree life but was an adorable uncle to his nieces and nephew and a very caring brother. You could appreciate why he was admired by women of all ages.  Jasmine felt like the glue to her family and most of the villages.  She was a hardworking mum to triplets and had her own jewellery business.

Millie Hopkin was desperately sad and couldn’t cope anymore with the constant reminders and threats from her past.  She just had to get away and the snapshot of an old disused bakery on a property website, nestled in the village of Honeybourne, gave her the much needed hope for the future.

Weeks later Millie was unpacking the hired van full of all her possessions into the old bakery.  Millie’s dreams of taking over the old bakery and turning it into her own bakery were coming into fruition.  However, Millie didn’t envisage how run down the building was and she now realised her dream would take a lot of hard work and expense she couldn’t afford.

Jasmine and Rich and their triplets Rachel, Rebecca and Reuben have been living in the village of Honeybourne all their life.  When they notice Millie moving in they are keen to make her feel welcome in their village and offer help.  Jasmine runs her own jewellery business and Rich is a musician.  Jasmine’s brother Dylan, also notices Millie moving in but he has a slightly ulterior motive for helping Millie.  Dylan, is the village charmer and womaniser and when he first catches sight of Millie an instant attraction is felt.

The friendly, helpful neighbours make Millie wary.  She escaped her past and was hoping to settle in a quiet village keeping herself to herself.  She didn’t expect to find people so willing to introduce themselves and support her new business.  Millie eventually learns to accept their kindness but the threat from her past returns to wreak havoc with her new friends and with her hope of a new beginning.

Can Millie, with the help of her new friends, learn to leave the past behind and move on?  Can they eliminate her fears for the future?

A lovely heart warming tale of new beginnings, new friends, new love.  5/5*

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