What they say:
Mishaps in Millrise – a four-(novella)-part romantic spin-off from Mishaps and Mistletoe
If you’re new to the town of Millrise, then come and meet the residents. If you fell in love with Phoebe and Jack last Christmas in Mishaps and Mistletoe, then you’ve just been invited to the best reunion ever…
Little Acts of Love: Mishaps in Millrise Part 1
Almost five months have passed since Phoebe and Jack first met in the grotto of a drunken Santa at Hendry’s toy store in Millrise. Since then, Jack and his adorable daughter, Maria, have turned Phoebe’s life around. As she and Jack get closer, Phoebe decides it’s time to put her stagnating career back on track too, which means going for a big promotion at work.
But nothing is ever simple in the strange little world of Hendry’s, and Phoebe is soon wishing she’d stayed on the tills. At home, things aren’t much better as the couple brace themselves to meet their respective in-laws. It’s clear from the start that making friends and influencing people has never been harder. And to make it worse, Phoebe must compete for the affection of Jack’s parents with the perfect girlfriend and mother – who’s been dead for five years…
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
A lovely little story about redemptive love. Tilly Tennant has obvious talent for turning the every day into a fairy tale without getting too sickly sweet.
Phoebe thought she hated kids until Jack and his daughter Maria crashed into her life. But her sexy boyfriend and adorable kid have saved her from a crushing depression following her last relationship, and with a few giggles, a sprinkling of fairy dust and some hot sex she feels back on track. She’s even working in a toy shop and is angling for a promotion. But just when everything seems to be going her way, things start to crack once more for Phoebe and she doesn’t know where to turn to keep everything together.
This is part one of a two-part story and I can’t wait to get my mitts on the rest to find out what happens. That said, I did feel this novella ended rather abruptly and I did feel I must have had some pages missing but maybe that was only because I was so keen to read more. Phoebe is a great heroine with a believable back story and a fab surrounding cast. I would like to have seen more interaction between her and Jack but her relationship with Maria was spot on, a real triumph as often children in fiction feel like caricatures.
Tennant has a sweet touch and a light humour that make Little Acts of Love a delight to read.
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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