Title: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 18th February 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 winter!
ONCE UPON A WINTER, #3: WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE
When Mitchell shocked Hannah with his decision, it seemed that happiness might be just around the corner; but, as usual, fate steps in to snatch it from under Hannah’s nose. Instead of the bliss she was promised, problems are now flying at her so fast it’s hard to know what to deal with first. There’s the appearance of a mystery car that seems to be stalking her every move. Then there’s sister, Gina, torn between hunky young farmer, Ross, and giving her cheating husband a second chance to save their family. Most worrying of all, Mitchell’s memory is finally back but if Hannah had thought this would be a good thing, she soon discovers nothing could be further than the truth.
What will this all mean for Hannah? She deserves a happy ending, but right now it seems horribly far away…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.
AAAAAAAARGH! This is LITERALLY how excited I was about reviewing and best of all, READING, this short yet perfectly enchanting novella. After the BIG, MASSIVE, HUMONGOUS cliff-hanger at the end of the previous novella ‘I’m Not in Love’, I was off the edge of my seat and rolling on the floor throwing a MASSIVE tantrum to get my greedy bookworm hands on this little priceless thing! And the blurb didn’t seem to make it any better! It only heightened the suspense and made me completely DEVOUR this thing for breakfast!
In the beginning Hannah tries to fight everything between her and Mitchel and makes an attempt to move on by going on a blind date – at least until Mitchell’s memory returns and he realises that breaking his marriage with Martine was a bad thing or he finalises his divorce with her. She still holds fast but is more hesitant to but up such a strong front and more lenient to anything that could happen between Mitchell and her. But then Mitchell remembers everything in one spontaneous and disastrous moment that changes everything for Hannah…
I loved the increase of emotional drama and tension in this novella. It seemed to highlight the strongest of the story’s features. The writing style was beautiful and elegant. I really enjoyed the simplistic yet lovely storytelling that captivated me from book one. It is written in third person past tense which I highly enjoyed.
Sometimes it felt as if there was a lull in the storytelling and I was growing uncharmed by some of the characters. I started to dislike some of them and had trouble understanding their motives sometimes. Take Gina, Hannah’s older sister, for example. She was nearing her fifties and she was hooking up with a guy in his thirties, Ross. I started to experience a shock settling in. I also had started to understand why her relationship with Ross may be considered taboo. Small dislikes had started to creep in, but overall this was still a TOTALLY satisfying book in the end.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the THIRD novella in her charming series!
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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