Book Review & Blog Tour: Hattie’s Home for Broke Hearts by Tilly Tennant

Hattie’s Home for Broken Hears

Authors: Tilly Tennant

Publication Date: 10 July 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Romantic Comedy

Pages: 311

Publisher: Bookouture

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 beautiful story that will melt the hardest of hearts. If you love Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver you will be enchanted by this life-affirming read that reminds you that home is wherever the people you love are. 

The story begins with Hattie, who is living in Paris, but everything in her life is just not going to plan after the loss of her dream job compiled with a broken heart.. After constantly thinking about her home, Hattie decides it’s time to leave Paris and books a flight to get back to her parents’ home in Gillypuddle.

When Hattie returns home, her father was a less than inviting (the result of a tragedy that has left her relationship with her parents strained), which definitely dampened the mood of her homecoming. Nevertheless, in desperate search of a job, Hattie learns that the local donkey sanctuary Sweet Briar Farm has an opening. Even though Hattie is inexperienced and Jo is essentially a hermit, she takes on the position aware that she’s definitely got her work cut out for her.

Prior to reading this book, I never ever considered the idea of wanting a donkey, but I have to admit that it is definitely on my mind. I loved the donkeys in this book! Each one of them had their own relationship with Hattie as well as personality. It was pretty incredible to see.

I really enjoyed watching Hattie take on life at Sweet Briar Farm even though everyone (including myself at times) didn’t think that it would be worth the stress. I definitely admired Hattie for rising to the task when no one else would, especially when it came to getting Jo to finally come out of her shell.

Overall, this is a wonderful story that really focuses on the hardships that people endure in life and the necessary (even if they are painful) steps to take in order to strive for a life of growth afterwards.

Thank you to Bookouture for the tour invitation and providing an eARC via NetGalley. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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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. She wrote a 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.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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