Run away to the Dorset countryside, to the sleepy village of Honeymoon, where rose-adorned thatched cottages soak up the sunlight and Emma is risking everything for a brave new start on life and love…
When Emma’s useless fiancé tells her a lie she cannot forgive, she decides enough is enough. She leaves him, quits her dead-end job and travels hundreds of miles away to the ancient village of Honeymoon in the Dorset countryside, to help her friend Tia turn the old train station into a boutique hotel.
Tia has told Emma that it will be a project, but when Emma arrives in Honeymoon and sees a weed-choked crumbling ruin, her vision of an idyllic life in Dorset begins to disintegrate. But when she meets twinkly-eyed builder Aiden in the village shop, and sparks fly between them, she can’t help but feel that the stars have for once aligned.
As work begins on the hotel, Emma and Aiden grow closer, and on sun-dappled evening walks, he tells her the secrets of the village. But there are some villagers who wish that Emma had never arrived in Honeymoon… And when Emma is involved in a terrible accident on site, and then discovers what Aiden has been keeping from her, it feels like the universe is telling her to leave Honeymoon for good. What if she was wrong to say goodbye to all that was safe and familiar? Will she ever be able to find her happy-ever-after in Honeymoon?
What would you do when you have a job you hate, but need to hold on to? And what about that boyfriend who gives you more grieve than you can handle and treats you like the servant? Would you stay and see your happiness slip through your fingers or would you put you first and make a u-turn?
Honeymoon Station… This must be the most romantic sounding destination people can travel to. It has a luxurious sound to it too in my opinion, but it’s nothing more than a cute, quiet little village. Maybe that’s just what the doctor ordered to put your mind at ease again.
You have a new challenge to look forward to and you really want it to succeed. Romance is the last thing on your mind. When Cupid decides to interfere, you can struggle and fight him, but eventually you understand that he really looks out for you this time and gives you a man worth his weight in gold.
The main character is Emma. She always has put other people’s wishes and needs first until she decides enough is enough. When she feels like when some people still treat her like she doesn’t matter, she’s hurt and that’s totally understandable, but sometimes I have the feeling she does not see the good around here either because she is too busy protecting herself. Once she let’s go a bit more, things start to change as well.
I really enjoyed this story. It’s slow paced in the beginning, but it picks up afterwards. 4 stars
Thank you, Tilly Tennant and Bookouture
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 assistant, 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 hasn’t stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor and part-time lecturer.
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 fifteenth Tilly Tennant novel. Christmas bestseller A Very Vintage Christmas has just been made into a movie for Lifetime Channel.
Tilly also writes young adult fiction as Sharon Sant.