Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland

I seem to be getting my reading Mojo back and have flown through my latest book! It did help that it was a really enjoyable read. I have just finished Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland, this book is available on kindle with the official launch on the 14th September, but not to worry for all of you paperback lovers this will be available in paperback on 30th November.

For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father's antique shop and nights watching TV, as the pension-aged residents of Britain's Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when a YouTube video of Willow's epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation gets millions of hits after a viewer spots Marilyn's ghostly image in a frame.

Instantly, Willow's town is overrun with fans flocking to see the 'new Marilyn'. Egged on by the villagers -- whose shops and businesses are cashing in -- Willow embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinum and ramming herself full of cakes to achieve Marilyn's legendary curves.

But when a former flame returns seeking the old Willow, Willow must decide: can she risk her stardom and her village's newfound fortune on love, or is being Marilyn her ticket to happiness?

My Opinion
The heroine in this book who is Willow Watts is such a natural character. From the moment we first meet her we instantly form a bond with her and I think it is because she is so genuine and selfless that we warm to her so much. Throughout the whole book you always see her putting everyone else’s welfare before her own wants and needs. There are a real mix of characters in Watching Willow Watts all who seem very friendly and relaxed this is all bar one character, Jay who turns up to become Willow’s agent and from the moment we meet him there is an instant dislike and we know what he is aiming to do but poor Willow is unaware of his actions.

The storyline to this book is very light-hearted and flows at a perfect pace, I was hoping to see a little more of the relationship between Willow and her ex-boyfriend but this is just me being greedy and a hopeless romantic!

I love the way Talli Roland creates a traditional little country town where everything is very ordinary and the community all come together, and then decides to throw in the whole Marilyn Munroe thing in which you would never expect in such an ordinary town. I think when something big and pink arrives in the town this is when it all felt a little bizarre!

I would defiantly recommend this book and after reading this one I would now like to read her previous novel The Hating Game. Both of her books have very bright eye catching covers so you can not miss them!

Watching Willow Watts is available on the following link at a great price  WATCHING WILLOW WATTS

Head over and join in the fun at http://talliroland.blogspot.com/ and let Talli know if you could be anyone who would you be?


  1. Great review Rea - I've just read this one and loved it just as much, if not better, than The Hating Game. Another great read from Talli!

  2. Thankyou Janice I will definitely be reading The Hating Game now!x

  3. Oh yay! Thank you so much -- I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!

  4. It sounds like a cute little novel. I do want to read it, and since I love hardbacks, I'll go hunt up a copy right now!

  5. Fabulous review!! Talli is a fabulous author and friend! I heart her so much.... and I heart your blog too! SO FUN!!! SO CHEERY! Can I stay awhile???

  6. There is no reason to read Jen we are in book heaven!! Marlena if you have a kindle it is great price on there at the moment xx