Happy publication day, Tilly Tennant! Today is the first day on the blog tour for ‘The Mill on Magnolia Lane’ – it’s an honour to be kicking the tour off! Many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t?
When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life Dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.
Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens…
What does TWG think?
Oh Charlie, you legend!!! What a fun loving, well thought out character he is! I found his excitement about everything and anything, totally infectious. Yes, it was pretty evident that he had autism or similar, which I found completely insightful and thought it was brilliant that I was able to learn a little bit more about such a misunderstood condition.
I am very, very torn with my thoughts on ‘The Mill on Magnolia Lane’ because whilst there were parts of the storyline I was able to lose myself in, I found a lot of it to be a little bit mismatched. The main focus in the story is Lizzie’s mill, but there is also a lot of things going on elsewhere involving her family, relationship, and the death of her father. I wish that the book delved into the life of Lizzie’s brother, James, because his name kept getting mentioned due to his, what I assume, rocky mental health and, when a devastating event occurs involving him, it seemed to come out of nowhere without too much of a deal.
I enjoyed the theme on family ties and how the author highlighted just how complex those relationships can be, both with biological family members, and extended. I will say that Gracie’s selfishness frayed my nerves at times, and I was disappointed to see that the topic of being a single parent was shown in a negative light as though it is a bad thing to happen to someone.
Florentia was a breath of fresh air and I loved the energy she brought to the storyline. Her outlook on life is one to be admired, and I would go as far to say that everyone needs a friend like her, she is fab!!!
Overall, as you tell I am on the fence. ‘The Mill on Magnolia Lane’ wasn’t my most favourite book that this author has written because of the incomplete, mismatch of situations, however, I adore Tilly Tennant’s books and the way she puts difficult situations in the spotlight, allowing readers to understand them in their own way.
About the author.
Tilly 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.