Monday 16 November 2015

Book Review - Mishaps in Millrise by Tilly Tennant

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Title: Mishaps in Millrise
Author: Tilly Tennant
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Lawsome Books
Publication Date: 29th October 2015
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tilly Tennant’s delightful four-novella-part series, is now available in one edition with an EXTRA SHORT STORY at the end! 

Phoebe Clements’ life was a bit of a mess. Her boyfriend was killed in a freak accident, and then she lost her job just before Christmas. But when she wished for a new start, it came in the form of Jack, a gorgeous man she met in the grotto of a drunken Santa. 

Five months on and their relationship is going from strength to strength: Phoebe’s just landed her dream job at Hendry’s toy store, and Jack’s little daughter adores her. But Phoebe is convinced her happiness can’t last, and when life decides to stamp all over her newfound luck, it seems she might be right… 

There’s the small matter of Jack’s mother and her one-woman vendetta against Phoebe; there’s Jack’s troublesome brother, Archie, who moves in and turns their lives upside down; not to mention Hendry’s going into financial freefall, and Adam, the boss’s son, who seems determined to break up the happy couple so that he can claim Phoebe for himself. 

Could things possibly get any worse? Phoebe is about to discover that if they can, they probably will… Can she turn things around, or will she lose sight of everything and everyone that matters in the chaos? 

I started this shortly after writing the review for Mishaps and Mistletoe, and was so glad I did, as this is the continuation of Phoebe and Jack's story, and you get to really know the characters in this one. This is the omnibus edition, which is the combined four novellas that have been released over this year, as well as a brand new additional bit of content The House that Jack Built, which is the what happened next story, after the 4th part. 

I'm very happy that the additional content was added, as I found it wrapped up some of the supplementary characters stories quite nicely, as well as giving us even more Jack and Phoebe. 

This is the story of their relationship, and all the ups and downs that occur. What is clear though from very early on is that Jack and Phoebe really do love each other, and that even if they forget that at times, its as the heart of this book. 

Phoebe manages to get her dream job at Hendry's toy shop, where she had previously spent a few weeks as an elf, and is amazed when she gets the job she was after, despite a hilarious interview. The ideas she comes up with in her promotions role are fantastic, and as a closet geek, I did love the mentions of Cosplay, and comic conventions, and adult dressing up, even if it isn't what I would partake in, was nice to see a nod to that industry and sector of entertainments in a mainstream book. 

Maria is as adorable, and such a loveable child, and its clear how much everyone that meets her cares for her. Midnight is Phoebe's best friend and an unpredictable sort. She is a bit of  a livewire, and provides great entertainment, whenever she is being mentioned. 

And both sets of parents have their moments, both Jack's and Phoebe's although I think I would rather have Phoebe's parents than Jacks. What amazed me was despite how close Jack and Phoebe were getting the two sets of parents don't have a big meeting, which is a shame as I'm sure sparks would have flown!

There is a great sense of humour in this writing, and I am very glad I read this as a combined story, rather than having to wait for months for each novella to be released. Since each part moved on quite swiftly from the previous, I found reading it as a full novel, made the most sense. 

For those of you who are just caring about Christmas at this time of year, part 4 features a Christmas period to remember, however I wouldn't call it a Christmas novella at all, as its not the focus of the book at all. 

Overall a wonderful to read book, that has made me want to definitely read more books by Tilly Tennant. Lovely romance and I'll be sorry to see the end of Jack and Phoebe after this, as I was really feeling a part of their story. 

Thank you so much to Lawsome Books and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest review. 

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