Meet Me at Willoughby Close

Meet 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…

Ellie Matthews has come to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a new start for her and her daughter Abby. But, life there doesn’t start out as idyllic as she had hoped. While Ellie loves her cute cottage in Willoughby Close, the Yummy Mummies at the primary school seem intent on giving her the cold shoulder, Abby has trouble fitting in, and her boss, Oliver Venables, is both surprisingly sexy and irritatingly inscrutable.

But miracles can happen in the most unexpected places, and in small, yet wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver’s nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family… and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver’s chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear.

Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?

Discover the heartwarming magic of Willoughby Close… with four more stories of hope and happily-ever-afters to look forward to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946772107
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Meet Me at Willoughby Close 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Ellie Matthews and her daughter, Abby, came to the Cotswolds to get a new start. Life has been rough for Ellie as a single mother. Now she has a new job at the University of Oxford. She'll be the personal assistant for Doctor Oliver Venables, a history professor. At first glance, he's socially awkward. As Ellie gets to know him she attracted. Oliver feels the same. I enjoyed seeing them dance around each other both afraid to let the other know how they feel. Ellie and Oliver have endured emotional trauma which has made them uncertain and afraid to commit. I wanted them to take a chance. They deserve a HEA. I hated that Abby was bullied. Unfortunately this is all too common. It made me happy when she made friends and gained confidence. Willoughby Close is a quaint and lovely place. It's a perfect setting for this story. Kate Hewitt wrote a sweet, touching romance. I enjoyed this emotional drama about their search for love. This story made me feel good. I plan to come back to Willoughby Close and learn more about the people who live here. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read. My comments are my honest opinion.
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
This is the second of the Willoughby Close stories. Ellie Matthews and her daughter Abby are the first to move officially into the Close at Number One. Ellie is five years down from a divorce and still hasn't really got her life together. It doesn't help that Abby's father is the kind of happy go lucky charmer that can't be relied on, dropping in and out of their lives on a whim. Her 11yr old daughter has been bullied at school for being a nerd, because of her interest in fantasy books and gaming. Moving away from her family is a last resort for Ellie, hoping to prove her independence and solve Abby's problems at school by giving them both a fresh start. Oliver Venables is Ellie's new boss, an Oxford professor writing a book about children in the Victorian era. He is seen as a fusty old stick, even though he hasn't reached forty. For Oliver, Ellie is a bright, exciting new influence in his life. Both are too lacking in self confidence to make a move but for Abby's sake, Ellie goes out of her comfort zone to help her make friends with Oliver's nephew. There were times when I became frustrated with Ellie in particular although both had their Too Stupid To Live moments. It is a sweet story with an emphasis on real people dealing with everyday problems. I'm not a big fan of the heroine with child by loser ex story line, but this was well written and kept me interested even when I was annoyed with the choices the characters made. A bit like real life. I received a copy from Netgalley for an independent review.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
After reading the first in this series ‘A Cotswold Christmas‘ and thoroughly enjoying it, it was very satisfying to return to the little village of Wychwood-on-Lea as Ellie and her daughter Abby prepare to move in to the idyllic Willoughby Close. This is written with such humour and affection you can’t help but be captivated by the characters. Ellie, young single mum who is eager to get away from her overbearing family and prove she can cope on her own. I’m afraid I giggled at Ellie ordering the new beds but neglecting to buy mattresses! Abby is a rather mature eleven year old who has struggled with bullies due to her perceived nerdiness. The bond between mother and daughter is so naturally portrayed, all Ellie wishes for is some friends for Abby and possibly someone special for her. She begins work for a rather standoffish, professor at Oxford .. he seems so wrapped up his research and doesn’t have a clue how to live in the real world. Ellie finds Oliver rather exasperating but there is also an inkling of interest. As the story progresses and the characters flourish it is lovely to see how it all works out. Kate is able to write about fairly tough subjects which enlighten the reader but also give hope and encouragement. I liked Abby the most, it was fascinating to discover how a child can thrive with the right conditions and understanding. While this is part of a series with more to come (good!) it would be possible to read as a standalone but they are so enjoyable I suggest starting from the beginning. A nice, quick, pleasurable read. Thanks to Netgalley and Publishers etc .. I read and reviewed this voluntarily.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Second Chances and Fresh Starts... Ellie Matthews is ready to take control of her life and make a fresh start for herself and her daughter. A divorced, single Mum, she had Abby young and relied on her family more than she wanted. Between that, and the fact that her daughter Abby is bullied in school, Ellie takes a job in the history department at Oxford University and moves to Willoughby Close in Wychwood-on-Lea. Ellie continually second-guesses herself as she leaves her daughter at home and reports for her first day, finding herself unexpectedly assigned as History Professor Oliver Venable's personal assistant as he works to finish his book. Oliver isn't quite sure what to make of Ellie, as she seems entirely different from anyone he has known before. Ellie is surprised to find that her boss is not only stand-offish, but also quite attractive. These two come from different places and experiences, but are similarly socially inept and uncomfortable with emotion, but soon start to find common ground. Ellie and Abby find that once they let go of the past, that they have a the chance to chart a new direction and make new friends in the process. I really enjoyed the way both the main and secondary characters developed and how they drove the story forward. The characters felt as if they were real people with real emotions and made me feel that I was reading a story about people I could be neighbors with. This is part of a new series set at Willoughby Close, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I am looking forward to meeting the next residents that move to Willoughby Close and learning their story.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
From mean girls, to an uncertain new romance and even a gassy dog. This story has all of the elements to hold your interest. Ellie Matthews and her daughter Abby moved to Willoughby Close to start their lives over. At first they don't know what to expect, but as they get settled in, life starts taking shape. They find friends in unexpected places when they were about to give up the search. Ellie also fights the growing attraction she has for her new boss, Oliver Venables. Will Ellie let down her guard enough to allow this new romance to happen? I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked seeing Ellie and Abby get the second chance they deserved. They author did a good job with creating a believable new life for them both. I also enjoyed catching up with the characters from the first book. This is a fun series filled with love, drama and laughs.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Willoughby Close and I loved this one as much as the first. They are completely standalone stories so you needn't have read the first to enjoy this one. In this story Ellie Mathews and her daughter Abby have moved to Wychwood-on-Lea to start fresh. Ellie to finally break all ties with her ex and Abby to get away from the cruel kids at school. At first it doesn't seem like much has changed but slowly they both start to make friends and settle into the small community. Ellie is aware of the attraction between Oliver Venables and herself but for now he's her boss so she keeps things friends only. Really getting to know the slightly nerdy Oliver is wonderful. What will happen when she's no longer working for him?? These characters are fun and the story is very entertaining. I would definitely recommend this one.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is another great heartwarming romance by this very talented author. It is the second in the series and I confess I haven’t read the first on yet, though I now intend doing so! It still works well as a standalone, in my opinion. The heroine for this story is divorced single Mum, Ellie Matthews who has moved to Willoughby Close hoping for a fresh start for both herself and her eleven year old daughter, Abby. Abby is in her final year at Primary School but is having a dreadful time with bullying that hasn’t been sorted, even though it has been going on for years (shame on that school!!). Ellie wants to give her daughter a better opportunity to make friends well away from their Manchester home and has been successful in getting a secretarial position working in the History department of Oxford University, despite the comments and attitudes of her parents and older sister who don’t really want them to move so far away. Oliver Venables is a professor in the History department and, after the unexpected departure of his PA, he’s been allocated Ellie to work with. After some unanticipated difficulties with start dates and his introverted demeanour, things don’t look too promising. However, Ellie is so warm hearted, she can melt even the most frozen of hearts and both start to be attracted to each other, despite themselves and their wariness. With more obstacles to be overcome, can they overcome their very real fears to find happiness together? I thoroughly enjoyed this story. There are a plethora of well developed, intriguing characters who are brought to life in the story. You’ll get to meet members of the nobility, people who like to act as if they should be and others who have no such aspirations in the story. I love the community of Willoughby Close and thoroughly enjoyed this story. The character and relationship development is superb, making this a superb story to escape into. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates ‘clean’, well crafted romances with brilliant characters and an enthralling plot. I can’t wait to read more from this author and from this series! Many thanks to the publishers who gifted me a copy of this book through NetGalley without any obligations. This is my honest review after choosing to read it!