As we race towards Valentine's Day I have the perfect read for you. Today I'm excited to be hosting the blog tour for The Man Who Can't Be Moved, the latest novel by Tilly Tennant.
Read on to find out more, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!
SynopsisFledgling journalist Ellie Newton is keen to prove herself when she lands a hard-won job at the Millrise Echo. So when reports come in of a man camped on the corner of a local street, refusing to move until the girl who has jilted him takes him back, Ellie is on a mission to get the scoop. She arrives to meet Ben Kelly, a man she is instantly attracted to. But she has a job to do and an incredible story to write and has soon pledged to help him win back the girl of his dreams. With Ellie’s help, Ben’s plight captures the hearts and imaginations of the public. And when a TV film crew appears to make a feature on the most romantic gesture the town of Millrise has ever seen, Ellie’s mission gets its happy ending...
But while Ellie has been busy fixing the lives of her wayward parents, providing shoulders for heartbroken friends to cry on, and worrying about her terminally-ill aunt, she hasn’t noticed that she has also been falling quietly in love – with the very man she has now ensured is hopelessly out of her reach. Ellie must choose between doing the right thing, and the thing that feels right. And whatever choice she makes, someone will get their heart broken.
As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew that I had to read it. I love the song of the same name which I'm sure was the source of inspiration and so was interested to see how it translated into a full length novel. I certainly was not disappointed.
Ellie Newton's life is quickly spiralling out of control. With a hectic job at the local newspaper, parents barely on speaking terms, a terminally ill aunt who is cheerful to the last, and friends living it up in London Ellie barely has time to breathe. When news comes in of Ben Kelly, a hopeless romantic who has set up camp on a street corner in the hope of winning back his girlfriend, Ellie jumps at the chance to cover it. She, along with the female residents of Constance Street, falls immediately for his good looks and sweet persona - he even plays the guitar as if he wasn't perfect enough already - but the more time Ellie spends with him it starts to become more than just a crush. Suddenly Ben's ex- girlfriend re-appears on the scene with questionable motives and things become even more complicated...
I really liked Ellie. She is strong and selfless, and with so many people depending on her I don't know how she managed to hold it all together. As the novel got closer to the end I was just hoping that she would put herself first for once and give Ben a chance! As expected, I loved Ben - but then what's not to love? He is the perfect gentleman, and it's no wonder that the men of Constance Street got so jealous at the effect that he had on their wives! Speaking of the Constance Street 'angels', another thing I loved about this book is that it is full of great supporting characters, from the army of women looking after Ben on his street corner to Patrick the charming photographer. The sub-plot with Ellie's Aunt Hazel brings a serious note to the novel, but her illness is sensitively dealt with. I live in a small community myself and the slow-news day stories that the Millrise Echo featured wouldn't have looked out of place in my local paper! I really liked Tilly's writing style and will definitely be reading her other novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn, asap!
5/5 stars: With a cast of loveable characters The Man Who Can't Be Moved is a moving and heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and following your heart. The perfect read for Valentine's Day!
*I also had The Man Who Can't Be Moved by The Script stuck in my head for days while I was reading this. Thanks for that Tilly!*
About the Author
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.
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