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Monday, June 26, 2017

With Love For Bookouture: The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Millie is running away from her old life because she feels threatened and is starting over in Honeybourne, a small village where she wants to run the village bakery. She's purchased the building without seeing it first and the state of her premises is daunting. Millie doesn't have money to restore it and can't open her bakery before the work has been completed, so she needs to be inventive to be able to open her business. Fortunately the inhabitants of Honeybourne are kind and helpful, will she eventually manage to pull it off?

Millie immediately finds a friend in Jasmine, a local pink haired jewelry maker. Jasmine is the mother of triplets and this makes her well known in the village. Millie's neighbor Ruth is curious and often comes in to snoop and talk. Jasmine's brother Dylan instantly likes Millie, but he's a notorious player and has never had a serious girlfriend. He wants to help Millie with the renovations, but should she accept? Unfortunately when Millie starts to feel at home in her new surroundings her past is catching up with her. Will Millie be chased away from Honeybourne as well?

The Little Village Bakery is a lovely heartwarming story. Millie has a big heart, she's helpful, capable and friendly. She's also guarded because of the past she's running away from. She's been through something devastating and my heart ached for her when I read the details. She's a gorgeous person inside and out and I immediately loved her lively spirit and creativity. Something else I really enjoyed reading about is how easily Millie makes friends. She wants to keep people at a distance, but she's too nice and they don't let her. I loved the beautiful friendships she forms and they kept putting a big smile on my face. Tilly Tennant has managed to create the exact right hospitable atmosphere, which is one of the most wonderful parts of the story.

Honeybourne is a cozy small village. It's the perfect setting for a romantic book and the detailed and colorful descriptions of both Honeybourne and its inhabitants made the story come to life incredibly well. Tilly Tennant kept surprising me with her unusual twists and turns. Her writing is original and fun and I found it very refreshing to read a story about a bakery that has many unexpected elements. There's also a delightful hint of magic that completely enchanted me. The Little Village Bakery is a fantastic entertaining story and I highly recommend this spellbinding charming book.


If you love creative stories set in a small town and like a hint of magic The Little Village Bakery would be the perfect choice for you.

About Tilly Tennant

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.

Tilly is represented by the lovely Philippa Milnes-Smith at LAW.

You can get the latest news on book releases and special offers by subscribing to Tilly’s mailing list. So you never need to be left out!

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Guest post

By Tilly Tennant

Dear Tilly 

Listen up! I know you have this grand delusion that you’re going to be a famous singer but, really, nobody wants to hear it. You think you open your mouth and you sound like Mary Poppins. The reality is that you crack mirrors, dogs howl and small children flee. Ditch the warbling.

Have you thought about writing books? You love reading, right? You love wordplay and humour? You love happy ever afters? Sometimes you get grumpy that the story you’re engrossed in doesn’t turn out the way you want it to? Well, hold the phone, because if you’d written it, it would have been exactly the ending you wanted to see. See? 

I won’t bull you; it’s going to be tough. Possibly tougher than one of your Sunday joints. Almost certainly tougher and less financially rewarding than singing (at least, other people’s singing). You will have to hold down about fifteen jobs for a while. You will have to work late into the night and get up at the crack of dawn to start all over again the next day. You will sit in darkened rooms on the sunniest days of the year when everyone else is out leaping in fountains and eating ice-cream because you have a deadline. At times your kids will think you’ve left home when you’ve actually been holed up in the loft for three days crying over a plot that won’t work. There will be times when you want to throw the laptop from the nearest window, times when your characters will misbehave, times when it seems that nobody wants to buy the stories you’re peddling and when they do they only have bad things to say about them. But one day, one glorious, heavenly-choirs-massing-in-the-clouds day, someone will love what you do. Enough to hand you a contract and take you under their wing to nurture what you grain of talent you have. One day, you’ll publish that book. 

That’s when the adventure really begins. And in the words of a wise old(ish) Irishman: Life is a rollercoaster, you just gotta ride it. 

That’s my advice. So, what are you waiting for? 

Love from Tilly xxx


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One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive digital copy of The Little Village Bakery, a paperback copy of the next book in the Honeybourne series, Christmas at the Little Village Bakery, and a gorgeous The Little Village Bakery book cover necklace.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. The Little Village Bakery sounds like a feel-good romantic story and I love books set in a small town.

  2. My mother owns a small baking company and I've always wanted to run my own small handmade business, so I'm definitely drawn to this story and the characters in it.

  3. Sounds amazing can't wait to read

  4. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

  5. I loved this book and can't wait to read the follow up

  6. Looking forward to discovering your books. Love your photo on goodreads.😊

  7. What a lovely book! Great cover too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I read The Little Village Bakery and really enjoyed it. I would love to win a signed book.

  9. I loved your review. The Little Bakery sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance!

  10. I admire you because you didn't stop chasing your dreams!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway.


  12. A lovely prize. Thank you for running this giveaway

  13. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  14. I love these kind of books so will definitely keep my fingers crossed!

  15. Honeybourne sounds like a great village full of quirky characters.

  16. Fab giveaway, thanks for the opportunity to win

  17. Sounds like something I'd love to read. Thanks for the competition.

  18. Sounds like a good book to read on holiday

  19. These books sound so lovely. :-)