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Summary

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?

©2017 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Needs correct pronunciation

A storey set in England with English characters should be read by an English person who can pronounce things correctly such as ‘bacon butty’

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Why a Canadian?

Story was just lovely but for me it was spoiled by a Canadian reading an English book! Other than that I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the books in the series

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Narrator is horrendous

Story pleasant, if predictable but the narration is absolutely atrocious. I might listen to more from this author but not if same narrator is used. Whoever made the decision to use Justine Eyre to narrate needs moving to another job.

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So predictable

Poor narrator..why American??? Characters so emotionally immature you want to shake them Not wait to see what happens. Predictable happy ending obvious from day one. Thank God it was a freebie....

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Disappointing

This is a story set in England so why would you use someone to narrate it from another country? Someone who has the same character speaking in a Yorkshire accent & a beat later a Scottish one?! I liked the first in the series but this was painfully drawn out for very little reward. At one point when it got ridiculous around the suggestion of dating sites I stopped it and very nearly didn't carry on I was so frustrated. I'm glad it was free but I don't think I'll be continuing with the series any further.

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Awful narrator

Why would you have an American read an English story when there is reference to northern accent yet no sign of one. Very distracting! Ruined an otherwise ok story

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Couldn't listen any more

Terrible . Awful accent and pronunciation . Why not an English speaker for English characters in England. Couldnt get pasted chapter two . Shame

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Chick-lit written and read for the American market

Nice light romance chick-lit and overall read very well (minus comments below). If that is what you want then this will not disappoint you. …… HOWEVER it is obviously written and read for the American market….. Hilarious to listen to as a Brit - I spat my tea out over a comment that the main character had ‘a strong northern (Manchester) accent’ - and the Yorkshire accent at the end is, well, I just don’t know. And some of the phrases that the characters say would make any Northerner turn in their grave!
References to Lords and Ladies, pints of ale with fish n chips down the pub, black pudding, and other quintessential Englishness will excite the American listener. If you’re British, then listen to the book and snigger at the mistakes, but enjoy the fun, if obvious, story line.

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Very disappointing.

I am really sorry to leave a negative review on a book I chose as an easy listen but.... The characters are annoying and the story is very weak.

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Nice story, shame the narrator doesn’t know where Yorkshire is

I enjoy Kate Hewitt’s stories but it’s annoying that they are often let down by the narration. Giving the Yorkshire receptionist a Scottish accent was bad enough but it looks like Kate doesn’t know either as she put the receptionist in plaid, it’s nearly as bad as Dick Van Dyke pretending to be a cockney. Sadly this isn’t the first of the Kate Hewitt books where the accents are wrong and it does take something away from the books which is such a shame.

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  • 04-05-22

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Book quit working in the middle of chapter 4 Love to book one and this one looked and sounded good but unfortunately ended in the middle of chapter 4

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  • 17-02-21

You will root for Ellie, Abby & Oliver!

This is the 2nd book in the Willoughby Close Series (Yay, I love a series!), but it can definitely stand alone. It is the story of young single mother Ellie who has relocated to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a fresh start for her daughter Abby, who had been terribly bullied at her old school. The two will be living in the cottages at Willoughby Close and Ellie will be working as an administrative assistant at Oxford, except the day after they move in, Ellie receives several troubling voice mails from a man, identifying himself as her boss, asking her why she is late to work. Yikes! It turns out that she will be Oliver's personal assistant and her job was starting earlier than she thought! This book takes several twists and turns, covering some truly heart wrenching topics like bullying and mental health issues, but it was ultimately so heart warming and engaging.
Five stars for sure!