In this book the main character, Juliette, works on a local newspaper, The Ticklemore Tattler. Keeping this local newspaper running has been Juliette’s life for the last seventeen years.
From the start of this book I became emotionally attached to The Ticklemore Tattler. There was something so endearing about this local newspaper, it’s readership, which some perceived to consist of, ‘three old pensioners and the vicar, it’s history (publishing every week since 1907) and its inability to make any profit.
The prospect of Juliette’s local newspaper being closed down resulted in a surprising tug at my heartstrings. I take my creative hat off to Liz Davies for doing the impossible – making me feel emotionally connected to a fictional local newspaper, I normally get emotionally connected to characters but this local newspaper took my feelings to a higher level.
This Ticklemore Tattler reflected the local community, their interests, concerns and passions. It touched the lives of everyone within the community and Juliette knew this. I didn’t want to see this newspaper go without a fight.
I better get on with this review and work through my feelings for this book and my attachment issues with a fictional local newspaper.
Here’s the blurb:
Sometimes you have to write your own future…
The life of former journalist Juliette Seymour has been quiet and unassuming.
Up until now, she’s been concentrating on running the local newspaper and raising her daughter.
But all that is about to change when Juliette is informed that the Ticklemore Tattler is to fold and that she’ll be out of a job. She begins to wonder whether she can buy the newspaper and try to make a go of it herself.
Aware that she needs some advice she contacts Oliver Pascoe, little knowing that when her old colleague re-enters her life, his help isn’t the only thing she wants him for!
As she begins to fall in love, however, what she doesn’t realise is that Oliver has something he’s keeping from her.
A gorgeously uplifting story, perfect for fans of Holly Hepburn, Heidi Swain, and Isabelle Broom.
Here’s my review:
Liz Davies has the gift of making you, the reader, feel something (a lot in my case) towards her characters. From the very start she seems to glue her characters to your heartstrings and there’s no escape.
From the start I loved 51 year old journalist Juliette who had managed the paper for 17 years and raised her daughter whilst still keeping it going. I could feel her passion for the paper coming through the pages.
Her life had not been straightforward and there were things from her past which needed to be worked through. Despite all this she had a fighting spirit and I found myself wanting to find out more about her. The book’s hook about her writing her own future was perfect.
This book is dual narrated. The other character is Oliver, one of her old business contacts, starts to help Juliette. There was more to Oliver than he first let on. I want to say a lot more about him but I don’t want to give the game away. He and Juliette had chemistry from the start and I enjoyed the emotional journey they went on with each other.
I have learnt a lot about running a local newspaper through reading this book. It was a great setting for a romance novel.
The fight for the survival of the Ticklemore Tattler is the main standout of the this book. I really got behind the fight and loved the community rallying to give Juliette support. She needed it as during the fight to save the paper she encounters a blast from the past, uncovers an unlikely connection and battles with her strong feelings for Oliver.
I just want to say I am part of Team Tattler.
A great book which made me get emotionally attached to a fictional local newspaper.
Purchase Link – mybook.to/TicklemoreTattler
Author Bio –
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.