Friday, May 24, 2024



Ottilie Oakcraft recently lost her husband Josh.  She needs a new beginning and so she had taken a job as a nurse in the beautiful and quaint village of Thimblebury. She has found the perfect home with the perfect setting.  Wordsworth Cottage that sits right next to a flowing river, Ottilie knows this is exactly where she wants to be. She loves the villagers and is especially drawn to an older lady named Flo.  Flo and Ottilie love to meet and chat over a cup of tea.  Flo helps Ottilie through her grief, and Ottilie feels as if she may just make it through this season of her life.  But just as she feels like she is going to be ok, she is about to lose her new cottage due to a severe storm that causes the river to burst it’s banks.  The water floods her cottage and she feels once again that she has lost everything.  But, Flo’s grandson Heath refuses to let that happen.  He spends day and night to help repair the cottage.  The entire village steps in to help.  As Ottilie opens up to Heath about the pain of losing her husband Josh, Heath opens up to Ottilie about the heartbreak he suffered from his marriage.  Heath and the villagers provide a small ray of hope for Ottilie as she feels once again that this is exactly where she needs to be.

A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse authored by Tilly Tennant is a lovely little story about love, loss and new beginnings.  I absolutely loved the village of Thimblebury and my favorite part was the people.  The tea time chats between Flo and Ottilie were so touching and made me feel like I was sitting with them.  Tennant is great at pulling the reader into her stories.  I loved everything about this phenomenal story from the first page to the last.  It hit all the feels and the details of the village and the people made it extraordinary.  I am so happy that this is the first book of a new series, I can’t wait to read the next installment.  Thank you Tilly Tennant for such a sweet wonderful story that made my heart happy.  I highly recommend this absolutely fabulous book.



Author:  Tilly Tennant 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 24, 2024
Pages: 418 

Among the emerald hills of the Lake District sits the village of Thimblebury and Wordsworth Cottage, its garden bursting with wildflowers. It is the perfect place for village nurse Ottilie to make her brave new start…

Ottilie Oakcroft never thought she’d live in a place like Wordsworth Cottage. Nestled close to the river, her new home in the tiny village of Thimblebury means all her patients are just a stone’s throw from her front door. As they drop in for cups of tea and cosy chats she ignores all the jobs on her to-do list and gets to know her new neighbours.

Yet maybe keeping busy is just what Ottilie needs, even if she’s barely had a minute to unpack her suitcase. Heartbroken after the death of her husband Josh, as she offers advice and hot soup from her kitchen to the villagers who clearly need a helping hand, she starts to feel part of a community again.

But disaster strikes when a terrible storm causes the river to burst its banks and flood Ottilie’s ramshackle cottage. She has sunk every penny she has into what she’d hoped would be her forever home, and now she’s faced with the prospect of losing it.

But the villagers have other ideas. They can’t bear to lose Ottilie and they make a plan to save her house. Leading the effort is handsome 
Heath, and as he rolls up his sleeves to get involved in the repairs, he and Ottilie start to open up to each other. Ottilie tells him about her loss, and he shares the pain of a marriage that ended in heartbreak for him.

Ottilie hasn’t talked to anyone like this since Josh’s death and while it scares her, a tiny grain of hope begins to grow. Could Heath be the man to make her feel life is worth living again – not just for her patients, but for herself?


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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