Marry Me at Willoughby Close

Marry Me at Willoughby Close

by Kate Hewitt


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Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do.

Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he's desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love.

When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are, and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly the next Lady of Willoughby Manor?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946772923
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Marry Me at Willoughby Close 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Sweet and Emotional Finale Alice James has had a tough life. A chance meeting with Ava Miller has given her the chance to finally get her life started, especially when it leads to a job with Lady Stokely. The only hurdle is Henry Trent, Lady Stokely's uptight nephew, who has not made a good impression on any of the tenants. When Alice stands up for herself and earns the opportunity to prove herself, she and Henry spend more and more time together. As the two grow closer, can Alice find a way to convince Henry that she is the one he needs? For me, this was a bittersweet ending to the series. It was well-written story with fully-realized characters and a satisfying and emotional ending. I just hate to see the series end. As with the other stories, there is more than just romance: It's about a place people find second chances and friends that become their family of choice. Alice finds not only a home, but friends she didn't know she needed. ***I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My opinions are my own and freely given.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt, book five in her Willoughby Close series. Alice James has flitted through life after moving through several foster homes. Somehow she ends up in Wynchwood-on-Lea where she is befriended by the residents of Willoughby Close. Accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to the dying Lady Stokely, Alice finally believes she could put down roots like other people. Henry Trent, Lady Stokely’s nephew has not known much happiness in his life. Alice and Lady Stokely work together to change that. As Henry gets to know Alice better maybe he can find some happiness and love. I loved reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. Ms. Hewitt drew me in and did not let go until I read the last page. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
Marry Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt This is Alice James and Henry Trent's story. It is also continuation of Lady Stokeley's story and the final book in this series. Alice's life has been a struggle for her. She longs for love and to feel wanted. Alice wants to be living life not feeling like she isn't good enough. Henry was raised with everything money could buy but also longs to be loved. He comes across as gruff and mean. Is this Henry's way of protecting his heart? Alice is taking care of Henry's aunt which puts Henry and Alice spending time together. They both are attracted to one another but come from different worlds. Will they let their defenses down in order to take a chance on love? This is a sweet and clean story that is emotional and heartwarming. I enjoyed Alice and Henry's story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Alice James hadn’t had the easiest start in life, moving from foster home to foster home, then ending up homeless, with nowhere and no one to turn to. She is shocked when she is given a lifeline by Ava Mitchell, a resident of Willoughby Close, who helps her get back on her feet, including sorting her out with a job. Alice’s new job is to help Lady Stokeley, the 86-year-old who owns Willoughby Manor. Unfortunately, Lady Stokeley had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and had decided not to have treatment. Looking after Lady Stokeley is no problem, as she doesn’t want to be fussed over, however her antagonising nephew Henry Trent, wants Alice to do more than just bring his Aunt cups of tea. But Henry has met his match in Alice, and she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. This is the first book of the Willoughby Close series that I have read, so although Alice was new to the series, and the book mainly regarded her, I had missed the build up to the other characters. Never the less, I understood the book perfectly, and enjoyed every minute of it. Ms. Hewitt has written a delicate story surrounding the terminal diagnosis and the deterioration of a lovely, sweet, old lady, who might be dying but she doesn’t want any fuss, and doesn’t want to be treated like an invalid. The intricate characters have been beautifully created, and fit together perfectly. Alice and Henry both clearly like one another, but neither wanted to admit that they did. I mean an heir to the Manor house, and a working class girl from a broken background, what could they possibly have in common? The plot has you caring about the characters, and is richly imaginative. I found myself eager to discover what would happen to Alice, Henry, and of course, Lady Stokeley. Would Alice and Henry get together? Would Lady Stokeley’s ill-health see her leaving the fictional world? I needed to know. This is a story that invites you into the pages and keeps you interested, and fully committed, from beginning to end.
paulalala09 More than 1 year ago
This is the final book in the Willoughby Close set which began with A Cotswold Christmas. It is such a lovely book filled with lovely emotion and sentiment. It might be my favorite of all of them. This is the story of Alice and Henry and of Lady Willoughby. Henry has been mentioned in the other books and without much to like about him. He comes off as gruff, stuck up and downright mean to the other renters in Willoughby Close. He is the unfeeling nephew to Lady Willoughby or so everyone thinks. Alice was introduced in book 4, Kiss Me at Willoughby Close, as a down-on-her luck young woman in need of work and a home. She is lucky to come into the job of caring for the ailing Lady, who doesn’t want to lose her last shred of independence. Alice meets the stodgy, gruff Henry when he comes to his aunt’s home to visit. He was under the impression that Alice was a matronly woman not a young girl. Alice and Henry develop an uneasy relationship but their love for Lady Willoughby draws them together. Alice dreams about Henry but he is closed off, then close, then closed off again. Not until the very end do you learn if Henry can or will admit he feels for Alice. Even she does not know.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Kate Hewitt puts her heart on full display with every character she creates and each tale she writes. The pain is real, the emotions are humanizing and the journey is cathartic. Alice is finding her way after years of uncertainty. She's searching for a place to belong. Will she find it at Willoughby Manor?
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the conclusion of The Willoughby Close series. I don't think it could have ended any better than it did. Henry Trent came across as mean and uncaring throughout the series. I was happy to find out more about him and hear why he seemed so mean, guarded and didn't want anyone to get close to him. Alice James was the perfect companion and caretaker for Lady Stokeley. Having been brought up in the foster system, Alice didn't have much and never experience real love or friendship. The friends she made at Willoughby Close, with Lady Stokeley and Henry were priceless and helped her realize she was worthy of love. If you haven't read this series yet, you will want to start book one to learn about Lady Stokeley as her story runs throughout the series. The rest of the stories are concluded at the end of each book. The author did a wonderful job with this series.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Alice has never experienced what it's like to have stable home. When she was a child she lived with several foster families. She didn't get the chance to stay anywhere long enough to become part of something. When Alice suddenly becomes homeless, a woman she's met by chance, Ava, offers her a place to stay at her cottage in Willoughby Close. There Alice meets Lady Stokely, a proud and friendly old lady, who lives in the nearby manor. Lady Stokely is terminally ill and needs someone to stay with her. Alice has a few nursing diplomas and has enough experience to take care of her. The job comes with a living accommodation and Alice finally has the idea she might have found a place where she belongs. Lady Stokely's nephew Henry loves her very much. However, he also thinks that means he can make decisions for his aunt and Alice threatens to lose everything she holds dear once more. Henry seems stiff, moody and bossy, but Alice soon discovers that there is a lot about him she doesn't know. What are Henry's secrets? Will he be ready one day to tell Alice more about himself or is he too closed off to give her a chance and will Alice find happiness at Willoughby Close just like the other inhabitants? Marry Me at Willoughby Close is a wonderful story. I loved Alice from the start. She's kindhearted, but doesn't let people walk over her. She's young, but has so much life experience that she's wise beyond her years. I really enjoyed reading about her friendship with Lady Stokely, they have a deep an instant connection and Lady Stokely sees something in Alice, she'd be a good match for Henry. When he's arrogant she confronts him, even if it makes her scared, which is exactly what he needs. She also lets him be vulnerable at the rare moments he's willing to show some emotion. Henry is a good person, but he's hiding his true nature behind a facade that is difficult to see through. I loved the influence Henry and Alice have on each other. They slowly learn to confide in someone and with the help of Lady Stokely they even dare to open up a little, which was beautiful to read about. Kate Hewitt has a lovely romantic writing style. She makes her stories come to life through equally vivid descriptions of people, places and emotions. That gives her stories a strong base that works every time. Every detail is exactly right and it's clear how much she cares about her characters, which makes it easy to feel close to them. They're never flawless, they have good and bad personality traits and that makes them realistic and accessible. I love Willoughby Close, it's a fantastic setting with amazing inhabitants and every time I read about it, it manages to warm my heart. I highly recommend Marry Me at Willoughby Close, it's a fantastic moving and enchanting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and always enjoy the King's English and a glimpse of our foerfathers. Get ut the kleenex for the heart wrenching stories. CB