Fledgling journalist Ellie Newton is keen to prove herself when she lands a hard-won job at the Millrise Echo. So when reports come in of a man camped on the corner of a local street, refusing to move until the girl who has jilted him takes him back, Ellie is on a mission to get the scoop.
She arrives to meet Ben Kelly, a man she is instantly attracted to. But she has a job to do and an incredible story to write and has soon pledged to help him win back the girl of his dreams. With Ellie’s help, Ben’s plight captures the hearts and imaginations of the public. And when a TV film crew appears to make a feature on the most romantic gesture the town of Millrise has ever seen, Ellie’s mission gets its happy ending...
But while Ellie has been busy fixing the lives of her wayward parents, providing shoulders for heartbroken friends to cry on, and worrying about her terminally-ill aunt, she hasn’t noticed that she has also been falling quietly in love – with the very man she has now ensured is hopelessly out of her reach
Ellie must choose between doing the right thing, and the thing that feels right. And whatever choice she makes, someone will get their heart broken.
Firstly thank you to Tilly and Brook Cottage Books for sending me a copy of this title for review and asking me to be part of the blog tour! I read Tilly’s first book when it came out last year and really enjoyed it so I was looking forward to book two! I liked the cheeky little mention of the characters from Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn too!
This is all about journalist Ellie Newton and one of her subjects.
Ellie is really easy to like and relate to. She’s just a normal girl trying to reach her ambitions with normal family circumstances that every reader will be able to relate to in some way.
Ellie’s job is to report the goings on in her town of Millrise. A new story breaks about a man who is camping on a street corner as a declaration of love and Ellie goes out to get the story. This is how we meet Ben. Now in my mind, and most likely due to the title of the book, I totally imagined Ben Kelly to look like Danny from The Script - *swoon*. Ben has what seems like a very romantic notion to stick it out in an almost protest to try and win his girlfriend back. I liked his easy-going nature that shone through from the first time Ellie met him and I could see the attraction forming between the two characters.
Alongside the story of Ben and his corner there is another story running in the background with Ellie’s aunt and her mum and dad. The story shifts focus from Ben to Ellie’s family and then back again throughout but I felt that each strand was tied to the other as Ellie tried to make the best of less than perfect situations and it also showcased how Ellie was always trying to please everyone around her.
I liked that Tilly didn’t try to ignore the similarity between the song and the circumstances in the book – even referencing it at one point. This is a lovely easy read which will pull you in, having you turning the pages until, before you even realise, you’re finished!
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, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first 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.
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