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A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse by Tilly Tennant

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Lake District, Tilly Tennant's latest novel, A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse, is a heartwarming tale of resilience, community, and the power of a fresh start. Tennant has woven a narrative so vivid and compelling, it feels as if Thimblebury's emerald hills and Wordsworth Cottage's wildflower gardens leap off the page, inviting readers into a world where community spirit is alive and thriving.

Ottilie Oakcroft is a figure of immense courage and warmth. Moving into the charming yet modest Wordsworth Cottage, she seeks solace and a new beginning in the village of Thimblebury after the devastating loss of her husband, Josh. Tennant skillfully portrays Ottilie's journey from grief to gradual healing with sensitivity and depth, making her a character readers will root for from the very first page.

What makes this novel particularly enchanting is its vibrant cast of characters, each bringing their unique quirks and stories to the tapestry of village life. As Ottilie becomes more entwined with her neighbors—offering advice, sharing cups of tea, and even hot soup—the sense of community strengthens, reminding us of the value of belonging and mutual support.

Disaster strikes in the form of a devastating storm, putting Ottilie's newfound peace at risk. However, the response of the Thimblebury residents is a testament to the book's central theme: community. Their unanimous decision to save Ottilie's cottage is not just a mission to salvage a building but a powerful statement of their collective spirit and dedication to one another.

The blossoming relationship between Ottilie and Heath, a fellow villager dealing with his own heartaches, adds a tender romantic subplot to the story. Their shared vulnerabilities and cautious steps towards opening up to each other are depicted with genuine emotion, making their connection feel authentic and deeply touching.

Tennant's narrative is not just about the struggles but also about the moments of joy, the strength drawn from togetherness, and the possibility of finding love and hope in unexpected places. A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse is imbued with a sense of optimism and the belief that no matter the hardships, one can find a way through with the help of others.

A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse is a delightful read that captures the essence of community spirit. It's a reminder of the beauty of starting over, the warmth of being part of a community, and the healing power of love. With its charming setting, relatable characters, and emotional depth, this novel is a comforting embrace, perfect for those who believe in the magic of helping hands and new beginnings.

More About the Book

Among the emerald hills of the Lake District sits the village of Thimblebury and Wordsworth Cottage, its garden bursting with wildflowers. It is the perfect place for village nurse Ottilie to make her brave new start…

Ottilie Oakcroft never thought she’d live in a place like Wordsworth Cottage. Nestled close to the river, her new home in the tiny village of Thimblebury means all her patients are just a stone’s throw from her front door. As they drop in for cups of tea and cosy chats she ignores all the jobs on her to-do list and gets to know her new neighbours.

Yet maybe keeping busy is just what Ottilie needs, even if she’s barely had a minute to unpack her suitcase. Heartbroken after the death of her husband Josh, as she offers advice and hot soup from her kitchen to the villagers who clearly need a helping hand, she starts to feel part of a community again.

But disaster strikes when a terrible storm causes the river to burst its banks and flood Ottilie’s ramshackle cottage. She has sunk every penny she has into what she’d hoped would be her forever home, and now she’s faced with the prospect of losing it.

But the villagers have other ideas. They can’t bear to lose Ottilie and they make a plan to save her house. Leading the effort is handsome Heath, and as he rolls up his sleeves to get involved in the repairs, he and Ottilie start to open up to each other. Ottilie tells him about her loss, and he shares the pain of a marriage that ended in heartbreak for him.

Ottilie hasn’t talked to anyone like this since Josh’s death and while it scares her, a tiny grain of hope begins to grow. Could Heath be the man to make her feel life is worth living again – not just for her patients, but for herself?

A completely beautiful and romantic read about healing after heartbreak and learning that the darkest clouds have a silver lining. Fans of Shari Low, Jessica Redland and Jo Bartlett will lose their hearts to A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse.

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More About Author Tilly Tennant

Author Tilly TennantFrom a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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