A huge thanks to Heather Fitt for organising this blog tour and to Bombshell Books and Patricia Dixon for a copy of this novel in return for a honest and unbiased review.
How many people out there say ‘I do’ for the wrong reasons?
Matilda Parker is flying to France for what should be the wedding of her dreams but soon discovers she is about to star in her own private nightmare.
Freda has spent a year planning her daughter’s perfect wedding and nothing is going to ruin it. Not even a house full of relatives, the imminent arrival of her feckless son-in-law-to-be or his irritating parent’s will be allowed to spoil it.
On the other side of the village, Anna has problems of her own. She loves Daniel with all her heart. With all her family about to descend, including her precious sons Joe and Sam, Anna has vowed that nothing will ruin their much awaited summer holiday.
Beneath a sweltering summer sun, two clans, a naughty dog, a gaggle of relatives and friends gather in the Loire. But when a visitor from hell pays a surprise visit and Joe bumps into Tilly, it looks like all of Anna and Freda’s plans are about to go up in smoke…
After reading Death’s Dark Veil which is more of a thriller, I couldn’t wait to see what else Patricia Dixon had in store. And, I was not disappointed. Tilly proves that this writer is by no means a one trick pony and can cleverly turn her magical words and intelligent ideas into multiple genres and styles.
Although linked to the stories of Anna and Rosie and Ruby, I hadn’t read these books previously and it made no difference to my enjoyment. I am however moving them to the top of my TBR pile as soon as I can.
Tilly flies out to her parents in France on a countdown to what is meant the happiest day of her life. But Tilly no longer loves her fiancee Luke or the idea of being married. With a whole host of family and friends descending on France and a boatload of reasons to go through with it, Tilly faces some difficult decisions. Add to that an accidental meet up with a friend who sets the sparks off and a host of quirky friends and family members with their own stories and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a family drama/romance.
From the very first chapter it’s difficult not to stand in Tilly’s corner. Her character is written beautifully and she’s such an endearing and down to Earth woman and I was immediately swept into her personal and physical journey. At times it’s unclear which direction Tilly will take in her story which gives the book a page turning quality.
The addition of many sub-stories happening around the central one really added depth to the whole thing. I particularly loved Till’s mother who is quite comical but in a position many people can relate to and her straight talking, non nonsense best friend who is a great contrasting character to the mild mannered and at times submissive Tilly.
The setting is just stunning and described in a subtle but immersive way. The detail is sprinkled in during other events e.g. Tilly bike riding and it’s obvious Ms Dixon has a passion for France.
Overall, Tilly is a romance story with a heavy emphasis on family drama. It has a range of moods to it but is a fairly light read for around the pool etc. I cannot recommend this novel enough and I dare you not to fall in love with Tilly.
Author Bio – Patricia Dixon
Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson.
Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.
Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written a total of eight novels, the latest is due for release in March 2019.
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