Blog Tour Guest Post: Kiss Me at Willoughby Close

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

After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34457635-kiss-me-at-willoughby-close?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=x_gr_w_bb?tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&index=books&keyword=Kiss+Me+at+Willoughby+Close

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Guest Post:  What Comes Out by Kate Hewitt

My books are fiction. I can’t actually imagine writing non-fiction—I’ve talked to writers who think it’s so much easier but definitely not for me! And yet a lot of non-fiction, as it were, comes out in my books without me even realizing it, at least not at first.

What I mean is, whatever I’m going through emotionally will seep into my writing. What I’m worried about, the struggles I’m facing, the fears that keep me up at night… somehow these slip slyly into my books without me even knowing it. As Red Smith said, ‘Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.’

Writing can feel very exposing when you are putting yourself out there in the guise of your characters. In the Willoughby Close series, a lot of my feelings and fears about death and grief have come out through the character of Lady Stokeley and her battle with cancer. My father died of cancer last year and I helped to nurse him through the final weeks and days of his illness, and then held his hand as he died. It was a profound experience for me, one that held both joy and terrible sorrow, and it has definitely influenced my writing in a big way. A lot of Lady Stokeley’s emotional journey, as well as those of the characters affected by her, is shaped by the time I spent with my father.

I’m writing the last book in the series now, and I’ve been a little bit surprised at how emotional it has made me! Sometimes I’ve teared up as I’m writing, which is hopefully a good sign that my readers will be similarly connected to the story ☺

The series isn’t all about death and sadness though, far from it! Kiss Me at Willoughby Close has a lot of humor and banter between Jace and Ava that was super fun to write. I can’t wait to share this book with readers.

Happy Reading,

Kate

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About Kate Hewitt

Kate is the USA Today bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

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Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

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Blog Tour Review: Find Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Having already reviewed the previous Willoughby Close books here and here I couldn’t possibly refuse to review this one too.

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

Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she’s left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.

Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life–but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible…

Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts–but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33832425-find-me-at-willoughby-close?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=x_gr_w_bb?tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&index=books&keyword=Find+Me+at+Willoughby+Close

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Find-Me-Willoughby-Close-Book-ebook/dp/B01N2WEG1A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491561937&sr=8-1&keywords=find+me+at+willoughby+close

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My Rating: 4/5

Review: This is another well-told story of change, upheaval and loss and the truth that you don’t always know what you have or who your real friends are until circumstances change and friendships are tested. 
Harriet experiences something that is not uncommon in the current and recent economic climate, financial troubles, which lead to the loss of her home and the life she had built around it. At this point she moves into Willoughby Close and slowly starts to realise that the people she knew were not as they seemed and perhaps her perspective on life has not been as clear as she had previously thought. 

This is another lovely, cosy story from Kate Hewitt on life’s challenges and while it addresses real and serious issues it does so in a way that does not make for heavy reading but at the same time does not dismiss the stress and upheaval that these issues can cause. 

I enjoyed this book as much as the previous two and it was lovely to return to Willoughby Close again and see the area and the people develop further. I hope there are more books in this series as I’m not sure I’m ready to leave Willoughby Close just yet. 

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Author bio:  Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

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Blog Tour Review: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Having read and loved A Cotswold Christmas by the same author (you can find my review here) I am thrilled to be involved in the first day of the blog tour.  Read on to find out what the story is about and what I thought of it.  Also if you’re in the UK there’s a giveaway for the first book that you’ll find at the bottom of the post.

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Blurb:  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 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 wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver’s nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family… and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver’s chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear.

Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?

Discover the heartwarming magic of Willoughby Close… with four more stories of hope and happily-ever-afters to look forward to.

Links:

Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01M4RR8EW/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32934017-meet-me-at-willoughby-close?ac=1&from_search=true

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:  I really enjoyed this book, it was light and refreshing but still dealt with the concerns and issues that everyone has around moving to a new area, meeting people and possibly starting a new relationship.  These were all handled well and were quite realistic and true to life. I did feel the uncertainty between Ellie and Oliver went on a little too long but that may just be me and even with that it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. 

The characters were very well-written and came to life clearly and easily which was good because this is a very character driven book. Although location is important it doesn’t feature heavily so the characters and the storyline have a lot of work to do and they do it brilliantly. 

While this sounds like any other romantic story it is actually more than that, there is that side to it but it also has the extra depth that makes it more than a simple romance with a happy ever after. Although it may seem obvious where the story is headed the actual journey to that potential ending is what makes this book as good as it is. 

Alhough the Cotswold Christmas is the prequel to this book you can read this as a stand alone so while I would recommend that one too it is not essential for understanding this book at all.  

I would definitely recommend this book and others by this author. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series coming out. 

 
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About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

Links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

 

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January……..

Well it’s January again, my hoped for white Christmas never happened, in fact I have yet to see any snow (bar that on the hills in the distance) this winter so far which is a bit disappointing.  As I mentioned in my end of year round up post I am only doing a few blog tours this month and one in February and have no plans to do any more until at least June.  This is because I have a placement between February and June as part of my university course and between that being full time plus the fact that I’m working weekends, I simply won’t commit to a blog tour because it would be unfair on the tour host, publisher and author if I did.  (Having said that I may bend this rule IF there is a book out by an author I already know and love.) So, this is how my next few weeks are looking at the moment:

6th – Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

10th – Brake Failure by Alison Brodie.

15th –  Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb.

17th – Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson.

24th – Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie.

30th – Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb.

6th Feb – Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt.

These are all reviews and on top of that I’m also going to be reviewing a couple of Christmas novellas that I read over the holiday but otherwise that’s me for January.  What I’m hoping to do in February onwards in work through the books I have received from publishers and authors, some of which I’ve had for longer than I’d like to admit, and those I have on Netgalley so maybe I can bring my tbr down a bit.  How much reading I’ll have time for I’m not sure but hopefully I can manage at least one or two.

So, with all lined up that I’d better get on with reading, although I do have an essay due soon so I should maybe do that first though those books are looking quite appealling, hmmmm…………..