Title: Ways to Say Goodbye (Once Upon a Winter, #3)
Release Date: 31st March 2016
Genre: Chick Lit
One Starry Night is the fourth and final part of the Once Upon a Winter series:
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!
ONCE UPON A WINTER, #4: ONE STARRY NIGHT
They say the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for the first time Hannah is starting to truly understand what that means. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, Ross under attack, and bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can tell him, things seem to be falling apart around her. How will she be the rock that everyone needs when she can’t control any part of her own life? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does the future might just be the brighter for it. The problem is that Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Tilly Tennant via Brook Cottage Books in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the first two novellas in this series and being utterly enchanted, the third novella had begun to lose its lustre and charm for me. I had high hopes for this novella as I really hoped it would regain my interest and really deliver.
Hannah’s problems with Mitchell have just settled down when all of a sudden she and Gina had to deal with Ross’s beating and the unjust and desperate actions of Howard, Gina’s cheating ex-husband. Then comes Graham, Mitchell’s long-time business partner and maybe the man Martine had been having an affair with. But his devious plans did not stop at that. No. Hannah suspected that he was using Mitchell’s hard earned money to out-buy houses from competitors. And Mitchell didn’t suspect a thing. With all this drama going on, Hannah still had to battle for her love with Mitchell. And hopefully find her happily ever after…
I really admired Tilly Tennant’s writing style. It was simple yet touching and soulful. And when combined with a quiet and gentle atmosphere, it really did make a beautiful post-Christmas short story. The prose was lovely and the author really made you feel like you were in England with her use of colloquial English, which really amused me at times!
Unfortunately, the story had started to lose its zest and intrigue for me. There were times when the story lulled in progression and I would wonder what the point of it was. I still enjoyed some key scenes but probably not as much as I ought to have if there was slightly more drama to the story.
The ending kind of upset me with its vague ending. It didn’t really wrap things up for me and I wasn’t satisfied with it as a reader. Most importantly it didn’t give me enough closure from the story as some events were left unfinished and like I said, it was all TOO vague for my liking.
Congratulations to Tilly Tennant on publishing the final novella in her ‘Once Upon a Winter’ 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.