Sunday, June 20, 2021



When Emma’s no good fiancĂ© tells her a lie that she cannot forgive, she leaves him.  She is in much need of a clean, fresh start and the quaint little village of Honeymoon in Dorset is exactly the place she needs to be.  She leaves her job in London and everything else behind.  She travels hundreds of miles away, to Dorset where Emma’s friend Tia wants her to help her turn an old rundown building into a hotel.  Tia gives Emma most of the details, but Emma arrives in Dorset and sees the old dilapidated building, she realizes her life in Dorset falls short of her expectations.  But when Emma meets Aiden the builder she feels like she is right where she is supposed to be.  Aiden and Emma grow closer and while on their moonlit walks, Aiden tells Emma many of the secrets of the villagers.  But some of the villagers wish that Emma had never arrived in Honeymoon, and when she had an accident at the worksite, she wonders if this was all a huge mistake in moving there, especially when she discovers the secret Aiden has been keeping from her.  

I really enjoyed the mix of different characters, and I was both enthralled and entertained by the relationships old and new.  This story of love and loss, friendship and family, intertwined with new beginnings and fresh starts in life, was so refreshing to read.  This light hearted story will have you flying through the pages, not wanting to stop reading until the very end.

Thank you Tilly Tennant for such a fabulous escape to Dorset.  Your detailed description of Honeymoon Village made me feel as if it was walking through the town.  This was a great read, it was exactly what I needed.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Tilly Tennant 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 18, 2021 
Pages: 354 
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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 fiancĂ© 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? 


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.

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