Thursday, 10 December 2015

Review: The Accidental Guest by Tilly Tennant

Once Upon A Winter#1
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
Page Length: 80 Pages
Publication Date: November 5th, 2015
Publishers: Lawsome Books

From the author of the much-loved, best-selling Mishaps in Millrise, a brand new four-novella-part series, Once Upon a Winter - come and fall in love this Christmas!

Soulmates don’t just fall from the sky… do they?


Hannah Meadows doesn’t believe in fate or destiny, or any of the other things people reach for when they lose control of their lives. That is, until a man arrives on her doorstep on Christmas Day begging for help. Hannah’s not the sort of woman to turn her back on someone in need, but this isn’t what compels her to aid the handsome stranger, nor is it his intense dark eyes, or the inexplicable feelings she quickly develops for him.

Something magical is coming her way, something that will turn her life completely upside down. Hannah Meadows may not believe in fate or destiny, but they seem to have other ideas…
I often hear Tilly Tennant's name from the chick lit lovers, but had never got a chance to read her books. Mishaps in Millrise series blog tours and tweets grabbed my attention and her books have been on my TBR ever since then. Lucky me! I found The Accidental Guest and Mishaps in Millrise (all four novellas and an extra short story) in Netgalley and the lovely publishers approved my request. *Smirks* I also got a chance to be a part of the blog tour for The Accidental Guest. Check it out here (BookPromo + Giveaway).


Hannah is celebrating Christmas with her sister, Gina and her daughter, Jesse. The Christmas lunch preps are going on in full swing and they hear the knock on the door. Who can it be? The snow is falling heavily outside; no travelers then, but, they aren't expecting any visitor/guest neither. Hannah opens the door to a handsome stranger, who has lost his memory apparently. The novella revolves around the happenings of Christmas Day and how it affects Hannah, who has parted ways with husband recently.

SO, Hannah is attracted to the stranger who turns up at her doorstep on Christmas day. Though, she claims it as just helping someone in need, she yearns to find more about the mysterious guy, who also seems to have developed an interest in the hostess. Duh! What?! How? "This Guy" can't even remember who he is and what did Hannah know about him? Nothing! Absolutely Nothing. Anyhow, it's just an attraction or an infatuation; not falling head over heels in love at first sight with a perfect stranger, who is suffering from a concussion. Thus, it's okay. I also would partially agree with Gina, who proffered some wise advice and tried to warn her. Yeah, he could have been a dangerous man or a good one. I would never let a stranger come inside my house. Never. But you see, the protagonist in the series thinks differently. She gives him the benefit of the doubt, believing goodness still exists in the world. Gina names the stranger as TOM, and gradually he becomes a part of their Yuletide activities for the day. It was on Christmas Day, I couldn't blame Hannah for her actions. Everybody believes that the joyful things happen during the Christmas season, and she helped someone who was in need of help. That's very nice of her!

Hannah and Tom reminded me of Snowhite and Charming from the TV series 'ONCE UPON A TIME'. Two strangers meet, then something from the past/future clicks and those two are love-struck as in true love will find a way or like Soulmates may fall from the sky. Even the title of the series is kind of similar. Anyhow, I liked the story, but hated it equally, as now I have to wait till January to know more (Yea, the second part I'm Not in Love will be out on 7th, January). Yes, the story held my attention till the last page, I was intent on finding out what would/could happen when Tom regains his memory. Unfortunately, I gotta wait till the next book comes out, to catch up on the rest of their story. Gina and Jesse were also fun. Jesse is a typical teenager, but her Mom, Gina sounded like a matured one throughout the story. I was surprised to see her flirting with a man, much younger than her. I will definitely read the next three books in the series to know more about them.

This easy-to-read novella is a festive read too. The whole story takes place on Yuletide, the background setting is just perfect and their preparation of Christmas lunch will pep you up to start on yours. Recommended!

Which book are you reading today? Have you read this or any other book by Tilly Tennant. Please do tell me.

Happy Reading!