Saturday, July 15, 2017

Marry Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt


Title: Marry Me at Willoughby Close
Author: 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 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 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 the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?

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. She has been independent most of her life, more often being the one to care for others than being cared for. As tough as life has been, she is still sweet and a bit naive. She thinks her new job is to care for the aged and ailing Lady Stokeley, but quickly comes to accept that the Lady is not ready to be waited upon.

The other main character and lost soul at the heart of this novel is Lady Stokeley's semi absent nephew, Henry Trent. Most of the residents consider Henry cold, brusk and indifferent when not outright rude. Alice instinctively sees beneath this facade. 

The relationship between Alice and each member of the Trent family has its ups and downs. There are times when she doubts herself, her future, and her choices. Most of all, she struggles to come to terms with her feelings about Henry.

I feel you might enjoy this book best if you have read at least one prior in the series but it can stand alone. The characters are endearing, the environment charming. It is a mixture of old world and modern circumstances.

Author Bio:

Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of romance and women’s fiction. An American ex-pat and former diehard New Yorker, she now lives in a market town in South Wales with her husband, five children, and overly affectionate Golden Retriever. To learn more about Kate, check out her website, or join her Facebook Kate’s Reads.

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