Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Review: Welcome Me to Willoughby Close (Return to Willoughby Close #2) by Kate Hewitt

Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver…

Emily David didn’t want to move to Willoughby Close. She was perfectly content in London, but when her boss, Henry Trent, asks her to relocate, she’s left with little choice. Emily prefers living on her own and finds comfort in her routines. But the well-meaning residents of Wychwood-on-Lea are determined to include her in their friendly circle—a prospect Emily finds utterly alarming.

When sparks fly with local pub owner Owen Jones, Emily’s safe and fragile world threatens to shatter. She has too many secrets to keep, and Owen’s gentle understanding could be her undoing. But as Owen persists, Emily’s heart softens, and she begins to discover the wonder of trusting friends—and falling in love. That is, until she discovers Owen has a secret of his own…

Can Willoughby Close work its charm and magic once more? And can someone who has been determined to stay lonely find—and trust—love right on her doorstep?

My Review:

Heartwarming and uplifting

As an introvert with a secretive past, Emily enjoyed living in London, where no one paid her any attention and she was basically invisible in a crowd.  But when her boss asks her to move to Willoughby Close, in the town of Wychwood-on-Lea, to help his start a charitable foundation, Emily couldn’t say no.  Emily’s biggest fear was living in a small town where people would want to get to know.  She was afraid what people would think of her if they knew the truth about her past.  And that is exactly what happened.  In the end, it brought Emily out of her shell.  She made friends and even started a romantic relationship with Owen, the local pub owner.   Emily had finally fallen in love for the first time in her life.  But will love be enough when Emily’s past come back to haunt her and Owen hits rock bottom and shuts out everyone who cares about him?

This was an inspiring story.  It goes to show everyone has a past and things they regret or hide.  It made me happy to finally see Emily and Owen open up about theirs so they could help each other.  I have read all of the Willoughby Close books and enjoyed this one just as much.  It is a stand-alone story so you don’t have to read the other books in the series.  But once you read one, you’ll want to read them all.  The setting is a small English town and the characters are all interesting and inspiring. 

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