Title: The Accidental Guest (Once Upon A Winter, #1)
Release Date: 5th November 2015
Genre: Women’s Fiction
From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter- come and fall in love this Christmas!
‘…a wonderful read with a bubbly, unique and fresh style of writing’ Sky’s Book Corner
‘Tilly makes her characters so relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with them’ Starcrossed Reviews
Once Upon A Winter, #1: The Accidental Guest
Soulmates don’t just fall from the sky… do they?
Hannah Meadows doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, or any of the other things people reach for when they lose control of their lives. That is, until a man arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Day begging for help. Hannah’s not the sort of woman to turn her back on someone in need, but this isn’t what compels her to aid the handsome stranger, nor is it his intense dark eyes, or the inexplicable feelings she quickly develops for him.
Something magical is coming her way, something that will turn her life completely upside down. Hannah Meadows may not believe in fate or destiny, but they seem to have other ideas…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
‘The Accidental Guest’ is a short novella that sounded like a lovely and absolutely CHARMING Christmas story just from reading the blurb. It captures the warmth and spirit of Christmas and the strong family bond we often share with our families during this time of year. It also had that special miracle that we often associate with Christmas that made the novel just that little bit more enticing and compelling…and it was!
It started of PRETTY confusing. There are three women in the house: The young woman, her younger neice and her older sister. Now, I imagine the niece, Jess, to be about 17, the woman, Hannah, around 30 or younger and the older sister around 45 years. Just wanting to set the age because when I read it, I was horrified because I imagined the main character, Hannah, as a woman in her late FOURTIES! This was a result of the author keeping the age of her characters from us until later on in the novel – I had the strong suspicion that she did it on PURPOSE, just to scare the beejeebies out of people like me. Now, I don’t have (and never had) ANYTHING against women of that age, it just made the whole story unappealing to me; romance novels usually include women who are quite young of age.
It was simple, sweet and lovely. It’s a GREAT short story or novella to read before Christmas – or even better, DURING Christmas Day – especially if you are cosy in front of a fire with the snow falling, unlike me, suffering from heat and dehydration where I live!
I also really liked the prose in ‘The Accidental Guest’ and the way it wove the story.
‘The Accidental Guest’ is the first part in a series;I believe there are more parts coming. I can’t wait because the novella ended on a CLIFF-HANGER and I’m DIEING to know what happens next. Why, Tilly Tennant? Why?!
I was desperately hoping for Hannah and her accidental guest, whom the women named ‘Tom’ to share a kiss or at least go out of their way to get together or SOMETHING! ANYTHING!
A heartfelt 5 star! Congratulations Tilly Tennant! Sign me up for the next one!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
ABOUT TILLY TENNANT
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.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can’t Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com.