#BlogTour! #Review – Rome Is Where The Heart Is by Tilly Tennant (@TillyTenWriter) @Bookouture

tillyromeLook who’s back to see me on TWG!! This very talented lady is THE most featured author of TWG’s, to date, and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome her, Tilly Tennant, back to the blog! Via a review written by yours truly, we are able to take a little trip to Rome, as part of the blog tour for her latest novel; Rome Is Where The Heart Is. Thank you to Bookouture for the tour invitation!

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Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Can Kate and Alessandro’s love last the distance? Or will she return home with the one souvenir she doesn’t want – a broken heart …

Fall in love with the colourful cafes and the cobbled piazzas of Rome and follow Kate’s dreams and her heart in this enchanting escapist read. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Carol Matthews.

What does TWG think?

Errrrr and the award for the biggest testa di cazzo goes to…..!! WHO THE HELL DOES THAT?! It wasn’t WHAT Matt did (people are entitled to dump their partners if they see fit), it was the WAY he did it. Geez Louise, even I got angry and I wasn’t the one getting dumped! I think that Kate was perhaps a little too easy on him, but then I would say that haha.

I really didn’t know what to make of Kate, especially after the Matt incident outside the flat. Part of me was hoping that she would come out of her shell a bit more and become a bit more bulshy to the situations she didn’t agree with, instead of just sitting there and taking it. Yet, the other part of me was thinking that her ‘over the top of the head’ persona, may end up working in her favour. I’ll be honest, I couldn’t call it either way and I was looking forward to watching Kate’s journey in Rome.

Tilly Tennant taking us to Rome was an amazing experience. Okay, I didn’t experience it first hand (don’t be picky!), but as always, Tilly’s trademark ability of enveloping her readers in a hug via her words was evident from the very start. She really does have such a cosy writing style; even when she is making her characters do fun things whilst they’re drunk! Let’s just say that there were a lot of entertaining situations happening during Kate’s time in Rome, and not just for her either! Various interesting characters popped up on Kate’s holiday, some more interesting than others but all memorable in their own ways. Several things made Tilly’s novel stand out from the other novels I have read set in Rome, such as how Tilly didn’t describe a focal point or a monument as just being that, ‘a monument’. Every historic feature, every food course, every emotion of the city were described in such a beautiful and delicate way, and it completely blew me away.

There were a few moments within the storyline where I found myself disconnecting from what was going on, as I didn’t find Kate and Alessandro’s relationship that authentic. Now, I have never had a holiday romance so that may be why my heart wasn’t connecting to it fully. Or maybe it’s because I more ice queen than a soppy romantic….so I’ve been told haha!

Despite my reservations with Dr.Love (ahem), Tilly Tennant’s novel was perfect for me to lay on the sofa with, calm my thoughts, and escape.

‘Rome Is Where The Heart Is’ is a beautiful getaway for the mind, as well as being yet another relaxing and light-hearted read from the incredibly talented, Tilly Tennant.

Thank you Bookouture.

Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the author.

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

Author links:
www.tillytennant.com |
https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/ | https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

Review: ‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ by Tilly Tennant (@TillyTenWriter)@bookouture

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It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.

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?

What does TWG think?

**Thank you to the publisher for offering me a complimentary copy in return for my honest and unbiased thoughts.**

Squeal!!! We are back in Honeybourne courtesy of the delectable Tilly Tennant! The first instalment of the series saw us being introduced to The Little Village Bakery, as well as getting to know the residents of Honeybourne.

In this next instalment of the series; ‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’, we get to visit Millie at the bakery and meet the newest bun to the baker’s dozen, Oscar! As it quite well known, I do get a little bit weary before reading second or third books in a series. Sounds daft I know, but, Tilly Tennant raised the bar exceptionally high with the previous book, and I wanted this one to follow suit. Perhaps I was a little nervous?

I had no need to be, at all. Honeybourne itself is a very dramatic village in terms of its residents. Add Christmas to the mix and I’m surprised Millie hasn’t conjured up mince pudding or Christmas pies instead of mince pies and Christmas pudding! Millie is in luck though, not only does she have Dylan working in the bakery with her, her cousin, Darcie, has offered an extra pair of hands. There is one slight issue though! Darcie has taken a shine to more than a tiger loaf or a cinnamon swirl, it seems as though she would like to make Dylan her dough boy!

More often than not, it seems as though Christmas is the time for family rifts, arguments and a family member getting drunk. Or is that just Honeybourne? Let me simplify it for you, Spencer + fiancé = young love. Young love + both sets of parents = you’ll have to read the book won’t you! Although, I side completely with Spencer’s parents. I probably shouldn’t, but their down to Earth nature and ability to find a laugh in anything, had me in giggles. Rebel, I know.

I was super excited to find out what Millie and co had been up to since the last book, so I was super pleased to be able to slot back into the story. Felt like I was catching up with old friends. I’m not surprised with the amount of drama that went on throughout as all of the characters have very strong personalities and are bound to find something to disagree on. It also meant that there was always something happening. Always. Especially given the fact that the storyline switches between characters, and it is brilliant.

I adore the way that Tilly Tennant writes, and this book is certainly no different. Tilly’s trademark humour completely oozes from the book, even in a ‘time of need’ situation, Tilly manages to incorporate hilarity to the storyline. I personally think that that is a true talent as it adds even more depth to the novel, but for a completely different reason than the drama does.

‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ had me in hysterics, but it also had me quite solemn when the dynamics of the storyline changed. My heart went out to a few of the characters because of the circumstances that they found themselves in, but, I did get rather miffed with one or two of them. I won’t say who as I wouldn’t want to give too much away. But yes, a few of them definitely rubbed me up the wrong way! I actually like it when I read a book with personally unlikable characters as it makes the read even more interesting! Plus, I enjoy seeing whether the character can persuade me to warm to them ha!

Tilly Tennant has outdone herself once again with this festive treat, and, after reading it, I was very gutted that it wasn’t Christmas in reality! Tilly has written such an enticing book, not only for the delicious treats, but also because of the strong storyline that left me wanting more. I wanted to find out what happened to each of the characters, even after the book finished.

‘Christmas at the Village Bakery’ for me, is such a hug in a book, a festive treat and yet another fantastic read from a very talented author. If this doesn’t make you want to stick your ‘kiss the cook’ apron on to bake mince pies, I have no idea what will!

‘Christmas at the Little Village Bakery’ by Tilly Tennant, published by Bookouture, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK. Happy publication day Tilly!!

Guess who’s back, back again…it’s Tilly Tennant & ‘The Little Village Bakery’.

The Little Village Bakery (Honeyborne book 1) by Tilly Tennant.
Published 15th June 2016 by Bookouture.
Available to buy from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Add it to your GoodReads shelf!

I would like to start by saying a MASSIVE congratulations to the very talented Tilly Tennant as today is her publication day! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is available for you to get your hands on, as of RIGHT NOW! Links are above!
I am absolutely thrilled to have a little bit of Tilly Tennant on TWG, yet again. Think I need to get Tilly her own special seat here at TWG as I’m sure this won’t be the last time she’s spotted here either!

Here is my book review of ‘The Little Village Bakery’, I hope you enjoy!

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.’

Wow, where to start with this one! Thank you to Bookouture, Netgalley and Tilly for the ARC! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ was not what I expected at all. Straight away you’re met with hints of a characters hidden past that remains secretive throughout, mostly. If you’re a curious devil like me, just that alone will keep the book in your hands. Millie wants a fresh start, but she seems to have jumped in feet first without thinking. As quickly as she jumped, the regrets start to surface which leaves Millie at a standstill. What on Earth should she do? Unfortunately for her, a certain person comes knocking with only one thing on their mind, but will it make Millie’s decision for her?
The cover captured my attention with this book big time, its vibrant, colourful, and has cake. Win win really isn’t it? 😉 I thought ‘The Little Village Bakery’ highlighted the fact that you shouldn’t judge things by the way that they look, or come across, without getting to know them first.
I found the book to be split in half in terms of happy and bubbly characters, and characters that weren’t all that they seemed. I thought that was a clever way of mixing up the storyline as not only is the story faced with trying to work out certain characters, but it also had added hilarity at the same time. It’s like a cushion after the gasp so to speak. I’m the sort of person that has a rather expressive face. If I’m confused or any other emotion, it is written ALL over my face, half the time I don’t realise, so when it came to reading this book, I am very glad I was reading it alone. Why? Because there were a few times that I was sitting with a furrowed brow going ‘what the’ ‘are you serious’ no way!’ and yes, it was out loud! For me, if a storyline can make me do that, as well as laugh out loud, then it’s an incredibly good sign. Tilly Tennant has written yet another captivating book that will make you feel like you’re part of the story, extremely involved.
Not only does Tilly manage to captivate the reader, she has also managed to incorporate certain situations into the story with extreme delicacy. That is a talent in itself. As always, there may be a character or two that can take a while to warm up to. Not in a negative way, but sometimes characters do things that could leave you thinking ‘you’re a donut’. ‘The Little Village Bakery’ is no different. There are many characters which have very complex personalities in the story and it makes for excellent reading. To be honest, the whole book makes an excellent read.
I said at the start of the review that the book wasn’t what I expected, and I still stand by that. It’s not a book about cakes, nor does Mary Berry appear in the bakery to bake a cake or two. What it is though, is a book about truth, forgiveness and finding yourself. Obviously there may be the odd cake involved, it is a bakery after all! ‘The Little Village Bakery’ left me hungry for more, luckily for us, it’s only the first book in the series and I cannot wait to see what happens next! A comforting  and mesmerising read from start to finish.

A book review of ‘Little Acts of Love (Mishaps in Millrise Book 1) by Tilly Tennant.

Little Acts of Love (Mishaps in Millrise Book 1) by Tilly Tennant.
A novella – Book 1 of a 4 part series.
Published 10th May 2015.
Available to buy from Amazon UK

Almost five months have passed since Phoebe and Jack first met in the grotto of a drunken Santa at Hendry’s toy store in Millrise. Since then, Jack and his adorable daughter, Maria, have turned Phoebe’s life around. As she and Jack get closer, Phoebe decides it’s time to put her stagnating career back on track too, which means going for a big promotion at work.
But nothing is ever simple in the strange little world of Hendry’s, and Phoebe is soon wishing she’d stayed on the tills. At home, things aren’t much better as the couple brace themselves to meet their respective in-laws. It’s clear from the start that making friends and influencing people has never been harder. And to make it worse, Phoebe must compete for the affection of Jack’s parents with the perfect partner and mother – who’s been dead for five years…

After reading a few books recently that have had quite deep storylines, I fancied something light to read. I thought to myself as I sat in my zebra print pyjamas, I wonder what author would be able to assist my bookish needs. I opened up Amazon on my laptop and sat staring at the screen with my blueberry muffin hanging out of my mouth, as you do. But then I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. Why would I be on a rollercoaster, in zebra print pyjamas whilst eating a blueberry muffin? How absurd! Then I thought that life is obviously a rollercoaster, just got to ride it! No, I didn’t think that, but I had those lyrics in my head again, because I knew exactly what author….TILLY TENNANT! Seriously Til’, if you’re going to serenade me can you quickly change the song because I’m getting a bit travel sick on this rollercoaster! (Thanks again to Ronan Keating for making yet another appearance where Tilly is concerned!)
But yes, anyway, I decided on this little beauty to read – Little Acts of Love. A novella that is part one of a four book series.

Most of the story is based in a toy shop where Phoebe works with her good friend that doesn’t give a tutu. Despite the fact that she hasn’t worked at the toy shop for long, she decides that a promotion is the way forward. Phoebe thought she had read the job description thoroughly, but on the morning of the interview she is told that she needs to have a presentation ready for the interviewing panel. To you and me, a presentation might be a slide show about the job or store, to Phoebe it soon becomes clear that her presentation isn’t as straight forward as a slideshow.
Honestly? I thought Phoebe’s presentation was hilarious to read. Cringy, but hilarious!
How gorgeous is the cover by the way! Very vintage chic!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was a light read and it was hilarious. The humour throughout the book is fantastic and definitely brought a smile to my face on multiple occasions. Despite some of the storyline having sad points, it was a lovely read and definitely left me wanting to find out what happened next. So much so, as soon as I had finished it, I ordered part 2; ‘Just Like Rebecca’. Because it is just the beginning of the storyline as such, the characters are just beginning to develop and so far a couple of them have made me incredibly intrigued. There seems to be a secret amongst one or two of the characters and I am looking forward to finding out what it may be.
Already the storyline is starting to show warmth and personality so stay tuned for my review on part two of the series!

(If you are confused by the references to Ronan Keating, please do click here to find out what I am on about, but warning, don’t be drinking as you read as it’s funny and I can’t afford your dry cleaning bill! TWG welcomes the fantastic…..Tilly Tennant!)