Tilly lives with her boyfriend and works in London. That is, she does until she comes home from work to find that her boyfriend has flown the coop. She knows she can’t afford the apartment they rented by herself and turns to her best friend, Erin to listen to her woos.
Erin lives in the small town of Roxborough. She owns and operates her own small business, living above it. Erin tries to convince Tilly that moving to Roxborough would be the thing to do. With that thought in mind, Tilly actually looks through the help wanted ads and calls one.
Max is looking for a girl Friday. Someone who will run all the odd errands that his interior design business has and who will also run his personal errands like drop his daughter, Lou off at school. It’s a live in position but the person doesn’t need to worry about Max, he’s gay.
Tilly interviews and hits it off with Max and Lou. She’s immediately offered the position and meets Max’s good friend, Jack Lucas. Max and Jack also work on projects together which means Tilly will have no choice but to interact with him.
Jack has a reputation for being a love them and leave them type of guy. His fiancée died 5 days before their wedding and since then he’s made sure that he isn’t going to fall in love again. Tilly has been warned over and over to not even accept a date from Jack. The problem is, Tilly and Jack actually like each other. With Jack reputation, can Tilly trust him?
This is a great book that I just didn’t want to put down. It’s more than Tilly and Jack’s story. Erin has her own love interest who comes with an ex-wife that has her own agenda. Max’s ex-wife happens to be a TV star in the States and she’s returned to England due to a bit of adverse publicity. You really get a feel for the town; its characters and what’s happening making you feel as if you’re part of it all!
The characters are fantastic. Jack never says he sleeps with every woman who says he does. He just doesn’t say anything. Everyone just assumes. Besides being a playboy, he also cares deeply for his friends, willing to help out whenever he can. He is still in contact with his former fiancée’s parents and tries hard not to give them grief. Tilly loves her job and friends. She wants to trust and believe in Jack but he’s giving her too many reasons not to. Max is gay and is okay with it. However, this fact causes Lou some problems at school. No cardboard characters here. They have full and happy lives.
The situations which should be horrible seem to turn themselves around. An ex becomes a bit crazy but then has to relay on her husband’s new girlfriend. Speculation about a pregnancy and who’s the father turns into the realization that not everyone is telling the truth. Even grieving parents become supportive to moving on. Life isn’t static and neither is this story.
Touches of humor are interlaced throughout. I had to laugh when Max is told that he can’t be totally gay as he has a daughter. Erin’s use of tact to tell people that the clothes that they want are what they should buy can cause some smiles but when Max’s ex fills in for her, she learns she has no tact which causes some angry customers but some interesting reading.
I am so happy that this book made its way across the Atlantic. Even though it’s British to its core, its also universal. I could relate to what was going on and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I can highly recommend this book and will be looking for more wonderful stories by this very talented author.