Tilly Tennant returns to the blog with a story of starting over and following a dream with
The Hotel at Honeymoon Station
At one point, we all want to chuck it all in and start again: those dreamy moments when the ‘what ifs’ become reality and suddenly your life is changing completely. And Tilly Tennant has done it again by bringing us Emma, Tia, and a decrepit railway station in the Dorset countryside. But it takes us a bit to get there. Emma has a dead-end job, a despicable ex and low opinions of herself and her potential. Just when things are at their worst she runs into an old schoolmate, Tia: newly divorced and everything that Emma always wanted to be. Tia has a dream idea – starting a guest house / hotel in the little town of Honeymoon in Dorset – but she needs a partner with money.
Winning the auction was simply the first step: the building is far worse than they thought, not every resident in the village is interested in their rehab project and, much to Emma’s despair, Tia is an ‘all in” sort of person with a ‘get it done’ approach to everything, while she’d prefer to mull big decisions for big expenses over rather than just jumping in. When the agreed upon construction firm doesn’t arrive and Tia fires them, only to hire local brothers Aiden and Blake to do the work – even as Tia and Blake are sparking off one another with no holds barred. Yes, Emma has a spark with Aiden, but she’s sworn off men and decided that professional and friendly are the best things to be.
This was glorious! Far from being the cakewalk change your life with minimal dramas: the work is difficult, the villagers are, for the most part, welcoming and lovely – and even the town’s curmudgeon isn’t without his clever moments. It takes a bit for Emma to get frustrated enough to stand her own ground and speak her mind to Tia, and to her credit, Tia wasn’t acting maliciously. The two grew up very differently and with Tia used to the ‘finer things’ in life – and having an endless supply – patience is something she really had to learn. Just as Emma needed to take notice of her own strengths and qualities, and perhaps notice that Aiden has it as bad for her as she does for him. An escape read with depth, characters to love and a little village hotel in a Victorian-era railway station named Honeymoon.
Title: The Hotel at Honeymoon Station
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, British, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 58 minutes
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Run away to the Dorset countryside, to the sleepy village of Honeymoon, where rose-adorned thatched cottages soak up the sunlight and Emma is risking everything for a brave new start on life and love…
When Emma’s useless fiancé tells her a lie she cannot forgive, she decides enough is enough. She leaves him, quits her dead-end job and travels hundreds of miles away to the ancient village of Honeymoon in the Dorset countryside, to help her friend Tia turn the old train station into a boutique hotel.
Tia has told Emma that it will be a project, but when Emma arrives in Honeymoon and sees a weed-choked crumbling ruin, her vision of an idyllic life in Dorset begins to disintegrate. But when she meets twinkly-eyed builder Aiden in the village shop, and sparks fly between them, she can’t help but feel that the stars have for once aligned.
As work begins on the hotel, Emma and Aiden grow closer, and on sun-dappled evening walks, he tells her the secrets of the village. But there are some villagers who wish that Emma had never arrived in Honeymoon… And when Emma is involved in a terrible accident on site, and then discovers what Aiden has been keeping from her, it feels like the universe is telling her to leave Honeymoon for good. What if she was wrong to say goodbye to all that was safe and familiar? Will she ever be able to find her happy-ever-after in Honeymoon?
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.