Sometimes you have to write your own future…
The life of former journalist Juliette Seymour has been quiet and unassuming. Up until now, she’s been concentrating on running the local newspaper and raising her daughter.
But all that is about to change when Juliette is informed that the Ticklemore Tattler is to fold and that she’ll be out of a job. She begins to wonder whether she can buy the newspaper and try to make a go of it herself.
Aware that she needs some advice she contacts Oliver Pascoe, little knowing that when her old colleague re-enters her life, his help isn’t the only thing she wants him for!
As she begins to fall in love, however, what she doesn’t realise is that Oliver has something he’s keeping from her.
A gorgeously uplifting story, perfect for fans of Holly Hepburn, Heidi Swain, and Isabelle Broom.
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed escaping to Ticklemore, in fact I could have stayed for longer! A delightful village filled with some real characters offered a few hours of light relief.
Juliette has lived and worked in Ticklemore since returning home, nearly 20 years ago. A former political journalist, she’s now content to be the editor and sole employee of the Ticklemore Tattler. When the future of the Tattler is brought into question, she reaches out to a former colleague, Oliver Pascoe and asks for his advice regarding saving the paper.
Oliver is flattered and it soon becomes clear that there is an attraction between the two former journalists. However, they are both guarding secrets that they know may cause a problem for the fledgling romance.
The Ticklemore Tattler is an easy read, the romance is clean, and the chemistry is apparent. As we see in everyday life, the waters become murky once politics and secrets are added to the mix. I was thrilled that the intrigue was saved for the closing chapters, and even then, not dragged out for page after page. It was refreshing to reach the conclusion in a drama free manner, and to overcome the hurdles in a few steps.
The whole vibe of this book harked back to films and stories of yesteryear. My internal casting director placed Cary Grant as Oliver and Grace Kelly as Juliette. Of course, Margaret Rutherford would have to have played Hattie!
If you like your endings to be happy and sexual encounters left to the imagination, you will be hard pressed to find a sweeter tale than this. I may even seek out the first in the series and learn more about the toyshop.
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
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