Title: I’m Not in Love (Once Upon a Winter, #2)
Release Date: 7th January 2016
Genre: Chick Lit
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, #2: I’M NOT IN LOVE
The tinsel and baubles are packed away, and the festivities are over for another year, but Hannah can’t forget the mysterious stranger who fell into her world on Christmas Day. She flings herself back into normal life in a bid to get him out of her head, which means dating other men and having fun with her sister, Gina. But just as she’s getting back on track, fate throws him into her path once more. And this time it results in far more complications than a burnt turkey.
Meanwhile, Gina, is creating problems of her own. As if a messy divorce isn’t enough, she grows closer to Ross, the local farmer’s son. Hannah knows her sister is not going to be popular when the relationship becomes public, especially with Ross’s doting parents or, indeed, Jess, Gina’s teenage daughter, who is far closer in age to Ross than Gina is herself.
Things are about to get very, very messy in Hannah’s neat little world…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.
Eeeeeek! I was very excited about ‘I’m Not in Love’!!! After having read ‘The Accidental Guest’ I couldn’t wait to see more of Hannah and her mysterious love interest! I ship them both SO hard that having the chance to review this novel was SO exciting. I couldn’t wait to delve deeper in Hannah small little world and see what becomes of attraction to the “mysterious stranger”.
There was a lovely writing style coming on the behalf of the author and I greatly enjoyed the simple yet beautiful prose. I liked how the author was able to convey such a great story in such a small amount of pages. Not to mention the thoughts and feelings of her characters, too! I really admired how I was able to connect with Hannah straight away, once again, despite the fact that the previous novella, ‘The Accidental Guest’, was quite short, too, and didn’t give us a lot of time to get to know her really deeply, even though I understood who she was as a person quite quickly.
In this novella, Hannah is trying to forget about Tom – aka the mysterious stranger/accidental guest. Ever since her discovery that Tom has a woman in his life who may just be his wife, Hannah has been trying to avoid her memories of the sparks that flew between them. But fate keeps throwing Tom – his real name still unknown – in her way. Both are struggling to keep their attraction at bay and it doesn’t help that Tom’s wife Martine seems to be an ice queen who Tom doesn’t want to be with but does not mention leaving.
I spotted no spelling or typing mistakes in this little advanced reading copy and so greatly enjoyed that. Grammar was superb as always! It’s written in third person past tense so the novella had lots of room for the opinions of different characters and allowed for a romantic sub-plot featuring Ross, a young neighbour, and Gina, Hannah’s older sister.
It was a great story to read. Full of drama and conflict; mistakes and mishaps; laughter and humour. Really on giant ball of lovely goodness. A great story to read after Christmas and New Years as it really brought out the humour of hangovers and over-eating.
There was the BIGGEST CLIFFHANGER IN THE BOOK WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! Whyyyyyyyy???!!!! Tilly Tennant always seems to do this to me/her readers! It was such a great story and then as soon as things finally start to become exciting for our couple the author cuts it off in one sentence! Argh! I have to commend the author on her talent though. If there is anybody better at cliffhangers, then it’s her.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on yet another lovely novella published! Can’t wait to read 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.
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