Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Review - Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland

Another exhilarating reading experience I had recently came in the form of Talli Roland’s latest ebook - Watching Willow Watts.

Willow Watts, a qualified florist, lives in a small, dreary village which she returned to, after her dear mom died, so that she could look after her father.  She thought that she could continue her relationship with Alex, the man she considered to be her soul mate, even taking the distance into account, but sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way you think it will.  Throwing herself into making sure her father can cope with his grief, and keeping him and his antique shop out of debt at the same time is her prime purpose in life, putting her dreams of being a successful florist to the back of her mind.   

When she is filmed doing an impersonation of Marilyn Monroe, someone does some tweeking to it and it gets posted and trends on You Tube, eventually gaining millions of viewers.  Her life is turned upside down as she is asked by the village to help promote it and bring tourists in and being the lovely girl she is, she finds it very difficult to say no.   At a really low point when she is really concerned about paying off her dad’s debts, slimy Jay approaches her and convinces her that she needs an agent, to make lots of money and that he’s the man for the job.  Thinking that he is the answer to all her prayers she takes him on, but her life spirals completely out of control with constant pressure from him to make changes to her personal appearance and perform as Marilyn which she really doesn’t want to do.  She feels like a complete fake!  All he wants to do is to make himself lots of money, a point which he manages to gloss over really well, yet Willow’s best friend seems to be able to see through him pretty quickly.     

How she gets on with her shows impersonating Marilyn is a question for you to answer yourself when you’ve read this refreshing book.  It’s hilarious, emotional and heart warming and the best part is that you won’t be at all disappointed with the ending.  Talli’s writing makes this such a joyful book that you simply can’t stop reading it.   A delicious, delightful, light and airy read which isn’t too strenuous at all to follow.  I got a lot of pleasure out of reading this and will be looking forward very much to her next book which is due out later this year.   Talli’s characters are colourful, emotional, imaginative, likable and enjoyable.  The village scenes that she describes are vivid and lively and are made totally realistic, so that you can imagine yourself on the village green. 

Talli writes funny and romantic fiction.  She lives in London and admits openly on her website to fancying Sir Alan Sugar!    Her debut novel, The Hating Game was in the top 100 on Amazon Kindle UK for over 75 days.  She also writes the 24 Hours travel guides under the name of Marsha Moore.    Her next book will be called Build A Man and will be available later this year.  You can find out more about Talli at her website www.talliroland.com or read her entertaining posts at her blogsite http://talliroland.blogspot.com


Anonymous said...

Brilliant review of a brilliant author's work. I'll definitely be getting Talli's book, I think she's totally fabulous.

CJ xx

Susan Fields said...

Wonderful review! I can't wait to read Willow - I love The Hating Game!

J.L. Campbell said...

Great review. This one is on my TBR list.