Synopsis: 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?
My Rating: 4/5
My Review: Ooooohhh I loved this book. It was different from her other books and maybe not quite the full 5 stars but still a cracking good read. Hattie has come home from Paris and moved back to her home town of Gillypuddle to the disapproving tuts of her parents. She ends up taking a job at Sweet Briar Farm where a lady called Jo lives. Jo has separated herself from everybody who lives in the village and has created a donkey sanctuary up at Sweet Briar, but that’s the extent of everybody’s knowledge of her.
Hattie is convinced she can make some changes and really get to know Jo, however it doesn’t take long before you realise that there is a lot more to Jo and her story than meets the eye. Hattie is a very likeable character as are some of the local villagers. Even though as a reader we finally get to uncover Jo’s story I can’t honestly say I liked her that much. However the story kept me turning the pages and it’s a nice feel good read. Tilly Tennant is one of those authors that consistently produces very enjoyable books and as ever I will look forward to her next one!