Blog Tour 13th July 2019
Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.
Another lovely, heart-warming story by Tilly Tennant. A pleasure to read.
So far Hattie has led an impulsive and chaotic lifestyle, living in Paris with her unsuitable boyfriend and then breaking up. She packs up and heads back to her childhood home, without letting her parents know she’s returning. They are shocked to find her back. She’s always felt inferior to her older sister Charlotte who had her life perfectly mapped out and in her parent’s eyes she was letting them down again.
She needs to find a job pretty quickly so she has some income but it’s such a small village with not a lot going on. There had been an opening at the village tea rooms just the day before, but that had been snapped up by a clumsy lady from nearby. Some funny scenes in the tea rooms and I loved the owners!
Hattie does land herself a job, not what she was expecting to be doing, and definitely not what her parents wanted her to be doing. In fact all the village were thinking she was crazy.
Jo, the prickly owner of Sweet Briar Farm is after a live-in helper. Hattie’s little room is at the front of the property, a bit shabby but she makes the most of it. And the sea view is spectacular. After having horses as a child she thought she’d have a bit of an idea of what goes on. What she takes on is so much more than mucking out a few donkeys. The connection she has with them is lovely…. Both happy and sad and very touching at times. The donkeys are definitely the scene-stealers, I loved them.
Being a chatterbox Hattie thinks she’ll get through to Jo, a quiet and withdrawn person. Something just isn’t right with Jo, but she doesn’t open up. She seems to prefer the animals to the humans. Jo just gets on with all the farm jobs, including cooking up some lovely meals.
A great cast of characters in this story……
Seth, the vet, good-looking and a bit mysterious.
Owen, the newspaper reporter, likes a good time and has a question/answer to everything.
Hattie’s best friend from school and her growing family.
The scenery was beautiful, felt I was there on the Dorset cliffs and in the surrounding countryside.
All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.
Publication date 10th July 2019
Get your copy here:-
Amazon UK Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2PxNgQs
About the book
Escape to the daisy-strewn windswept Dorset cliffs, to the donkey sanctuary at Sweet Briar Farm, where Hattie Rose is about to find, that in this world, the most unlikely opposites can sometimes attract …
Hattie was once thrilled to call the beautiful city of Paris her home. But when her heart is broken by her boyfriend and she loses her dream job, she bids farewell to the city of love and hurries home to Gillypuddle, a sleepy village on the Dorset coast. But as she returns home she finds her parents struggling to cope with a terrible family tragedy.
In a desperate search for a new start, Hattie takes a job at the donkey sanctuary nearby on Sweet Briar Farm where Jo, the taciturn owner, certainly loves her animals far more than humans. Hattie can’t help but fall in love with the donkeys (and the opportunity to get close to dreamy Canadian vet Seth) but Jo is harder to get to know and when she finds her boss sobbing in her sleep one stormy night, she knows that her new friend is hiding a dark secret.
And when handsome newspaper reporter Owen does some digging into Jo’s past he finds something that connects her to Hattie on a whole new level. Can Hattie trust what Owen says, especially when he seems intent on standing in the way of her blossoming romance with Seth? And can Hattie help Jo to start healing and the donkeys of Sweet Briar Farm?
A beautiful story that will melt the hardest of hearts. If you love Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver you will be enchanted by this life-affirming read that reminds you that home is wherever the people you love are.
Meet 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.