Monday, August 3, 2020

Review: Matilda Next Door (Outback Brides Return to Wirralong #1) by Kelly Hunter

When a long-anticipated holiday takes an unexpected turn...

Aussie farm girl Matilda Moore kicks off her dream trip to London by flat-sitting for her childhood friend. But London is daunting, crowded and noisy, and that's before Tilly finds a baby on the doorstep. There's a note attached: "Henry, if you’re reading this, please know the worst has happened.”

Probability expert Henry Church has finally returned home to Wirralong, Australia, to see his grandparents when he gets a phone call from Tilly that breaks every statistical analysis. The probability of him being the father is marginal. Plus, he knows nothing about caring for a baby. Emotions and socializing are even bigger mysteries. He begs Tilly for help—can she cut her holiday short and bring the baby to Wirralong?

Tilly will do almost anything for her childhood best friend, but falling in love with him and his motherless baby is an emphatic no. Out of the question. Or is it?

My Review:

An emotionally charged friends to lovers story.

When Matilda "Tilly" takes a long over-due vacation and house sits for her childhood friend Henry in his London flat, she gets quite the surprise.  A woman drops off a baby claiming it is Henry's and tells Tilly the mother has died.  Tilly doesn't know anything about babies, but she makes the best of the situation until she can get back to Australia where Henry is visiting his family in Wirralong.  As Tilly helps Henry with baby Rowan their friendship becomes more than just friends.  Is it just spending so much time together or the excitement of having a baby close by and wanting to give her the best life possible?  Or is it true love that has been there all along just waiting to surface?

This was a quick easy read and the story kept me flipping the pages with anticipation of what would happen next.  I liked the family connection in the book and seeing how Tilly and Henry took their relationship from just friends to lovers.  This is a great start to a new series.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review and for taking the time to read Tilly's story.