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  • Great Start to this New Series !

    What a great start to this new series. I fell in love with the characters and the story line held my interest from beginning to end. Matilda and Henry are the two main characters and they were childhood friends. Their families lived next door to each other. I thought that these two were perfect for each other even though they were opposites in a lot of ways. When they are thrown together because of a baby will they be able to figure it all out. I suggest you pick up this book and find out what happens. It is a great read from start to finish. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Life Lessons

    A romance unlike many other books I’ve read a strong, confident woman with a big heart loves the man she grew up with. He’s stoic and what people perceive as cold. But that is from outward appearances. Aren’t we like that too. Come to a conclusion about someone’s personality based on what we see without really trying to get to know the real person inside. You could certainly not know what the benefits would be if you just take the time. Tilley certainly learns this lesson and by her encouragement and love, Henry does too. Certainly learned a lot of colloquial words common to Australians in this book. Sometimes it was hard to follow along but certainly worth the time to expand my knowledge. I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher and am voluntarily leaving my review.

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  • Pleasant enough romance but lacked tension

    Matilda Moore has never been anywhere. Salt of the earth is Tilly, the sort of kind woman who batch cooks meals for her elderly neighbours and checks in on them while their only grandson is thousands of miles away in London. Henry Church left small town Australia in his wake and lives in London, until his grandmother's ill-health requires him to return to Wirralong. In return for Tilly's kindness to his grandparents he offers her his swanky London apartment to stay in when she take a holiday of a lifetime to England to learn new skills at some exclusive cookery school. Tilly and Henry were friends all through school, heck Tilly still has a major crush on him, but her life is firmly in Wirralong and his is definitely not. Then everything changes when a woman leaves a baby at Henry's door, claiming he is the father and the mother has died. There wasn't enough (any) tension in this novel for me. Whatever happened Tilly would get upset and then shrug and decide she was being over-sensitive. Not matter whether she and Henry got their HEA she still came across as a complete drudge who just wanted to clean Henry's house and look after his child and cook him dinner. She thought Henry was superior to her and I couldn't see that Henry disagreed. Also, if you set a book partly in England and have native English characters please, please, please make them use English words and not the US/Australian equivalent. We say crib/cot not bassinet, we say flat not apartment, we say nappies not diapers. Overall, a pleasant, easy romance but lacked sparks for me. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Tule in return for an honest review.

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  • Hometown Romance

    Matilda Next Door is the first of the spin-off series Outback Brides Return to Wirralong. This is a Tule Publishing series with different authors for each of the book. Author Kelly Hunter who wrote books for the other series, now starts off the new series too. Aussie farm girl Matilda Moore is a homebody with the trip of a lifetime to London only providing it. With her insecurities which mostly came from childhood teasing she still knows herself. That is a great gift in itself besides being kind, loving, a good friend and daughter, exceling at what she loves which is baking and having the ability to adapt. She is a person you would want to be around. Henry may be a harder sell but I found that he had many of the core values that Tilly did in spite of his rough beginning but also some of the quirkiness that sometimes goes with brilliant minds. These two were great childhood friends so it is no surprise that love grew out of it. I thought of a country song where the male singer states the he is hard to love. I think Henry felt that way so it would take an exceptional person like Tilly to insist that he is worth loving. The baby on the doorstep turn of events kept this story flowing with a couple of twists thrown in. I liked these characters and their story. If chick lit is your thing this one is a great story. If you want a go-getter woman who takes on the world, maybe not. However, I happened to be glad to get know too-thine-own-self-be-true Tilly and hard to love Henry. 4.5 Stars An ARC of the book was given to me by Tule Publishing which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 Stars

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  • Another Kelly Hunter treasure

    Kelly Hunter doesn’t write characters; she creates real people who wind their way into your heart. Silly Tilly and Mad Henry story is a magical ride taking your from Wirralong Australia to Trafalgar Square, London. And back. Ups and downs told with heart felt emotion. Their hopes and beliefs grab your heart. This beautiful story shows that life really is about trust and love. Another beautifully crafted tale by the wonderful Kelly Hunter. This story is a magical ride of ups and downs; hope and belief: Trust and love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend it.

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