Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts by Tilly Tennant

Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts by Tilly Tennant

Tilly Tennant comes to the blog today with a story about finding your way through grief to a new path in

Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts

Hattie, after a disastrous accident and fire during a fashion show in Paris has returned to Gillypuddle in Dorset, the small village where she grew up. Arriving was a sudden thing, spur of the moment, and she hadn’t clued in her parents, not wanting to hear the ‘I Told You Sos” that would come with her latest ‘failure’ in Paris. Of course, the house looks the same, with most of the family photos being of her sister Charlotte, dead from meningitis at 18, with all of her promise unfulfilled. Hattie has always chafed against the spoken and unspoken plans and expectations her parents had for her, always feeling as if she’s being compared to what was, not being seen on her own. And, in truth, at twenty-six she is rather uncertain of what she wants to ‘be’ when she grows up, but does know that she wants to make a difference and do something that matters.

Being home has allowed Hattie to reconnect with her best friend, now mum of 4 and scraping by in love with her husband and kids, the local tea room owners who just hired an elderly (if eminently cheery and positive) server, a new vet and the expected guilt and discussions with her parents. But, Hattie is determined to find a job, locally, and is informed of the new owners of a cliff-top farm who are looking for help. Everyone comments to the owner’s unfriendliness and unwillingness to make an effort, but Hattie heads off anyway. And how could she resist the lovely donkeys and Norbert, the elder statesman of the bunch and one that seemed to take right to her? Jo is everything that Hattie had been warned about, but she is convinced that it is shyness and an overload of work with isolated nights that have Jo near monosyllabic and gruff – and she takes the job.

From the mystery that is Jo’s behavior to Hattie learning about the animals and truly trying to make the sanctuary an entity that supports itself, as money is obviously tight, she makes several well-intentioned yet unwelcome moves – and Jo is not best pleased. A cousin of the café owner is a dating possibility for a short time, and it is he who uncovers the story of Jo’s nightmares with the death of her sister, only making Hattie more determined to make inroads into a friendship. But with the loss of Norbert and a slip of the tongue, Jo is incensed and Hattie is fired – leaving her again at loose ends with plans to return to Paris for yet another job with the designer whose show set went up in flames. Peak excitement on the eve of her departure means that Jo finally accepts Hattie’s dogged determination to help – and the donkeys (and chickens and a cat) all have the chance to start afresh with plenty of hope. A lovely and uplifting story with room to laugh, to aah and even to empathize with Hattie and her good intentions, and you have to love the fact that the donkeys have a sea view that is ever-changing and inspiring in their new forever homes.

Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts by Tilly Tennant

Title: Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Animals, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Depression, Family Saga, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781838880019
Published on: 10 July, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 351
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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Escape to the daisy-strewn windswept Dorset cliffs, to the donkey sanctuary at Sweet Briar Farm, where Hattie Rose is about to find, that in this world, the most unlikely opposites can sometimes attract …

Hattie was once thrilled to call the beautiful city of Paris her home. But when her heart is broken by her boyfriend and she loses her dream job, she bids farewell to the city of love and hurries home to Gillypuddle, a sleepy village on the Dorset coast. But as she returns home she finds her parents struggling to cope with a terrible family tragedy.

In a desperate search for a new start, Hattie takes a job at the donkey sanctuary nearby on Sweet Briar Farm where Jo, the taciturn owner, certainly loves her animals far more than humans. Hattie can’t help but fall in love with the donkeys (and the opportunity to get close to dreamy Canadian vet Seth) but Jo is harder to get to know and when she finds her boss sobbing in her sleep one stormy night, she knows that her new friend is hiding a dark secret.

And when handsome newspaper reporter Owen does some digging into Jo’s past he finds something that connects her to Hattie on a whole new level. Can Hattie trust what Owen says, especially when he seems intent on standing in the way of her blossoming romance with Seth? And can Hattie help Jo to start healing and the donkeys of Sweet Briar Farm?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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.


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