Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts

Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts

Escape to the daisy-strewn windswept Dorset cliffs, to the donkey sanctuary at Sweet Briar Farm, where Hattie Rose is about to find, that in this world, the most unlikely opposites can sometimes attract … Hattie was once thrilled to call the beautiful city of Paris her home. But when her heart is broken by her boyfriend and she loses her dream job, she bids farewell to the...

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Title:Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts
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Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts Reviews

  • Stacey

    I always look forward to a new Tilly Tennant novel, and this one was no different. The covers are always easy on the eye and always so pretty and colourful! I love the pink cottage in the centre, surrounded by the bright blue sea with a cute, little donkey floating about on a field next door! It looks so summery and inviting.

    The story starts with Hattie in Paris, thinking about home. I was a little confused when I first started reading this book because I wondered just how much was set in Paris

    I always look forward to a new Tilly Tennant novel, and this one was no different. The covers are always easy on the eye and always so pretty and colourful! I love the pink cottage in the centre, surrounded by the bright blue sea with a cute, little donkey floating about on a field next door! It looks so summery and inviting.

    The story starts with Hattie in Paris, thinking about home. I was a little confused when I first started reading this book because I wondered just how much was set in Paris but it was literally just a chapter and then Hattie had decided to come home because everything was going wrong for her. Upon a whim, she booked a flight and headed home to her parents house in Gillypuddle (what an amazing name!!). Her dad was a bit of a shocker when I first read his response as to what she was doing in their home, he was quite harsh and not very inviting so I felt really sorry for Hattie after that. We're then introduced pretty early on to the donkey sanctuary and to the mysterious Jo who runs the sanctuary.

    I fell in love with the donkeys straight away, just like Hattie! They all seemed to have their own personalities and I thought that they all were so cute! But, my favourite was definitely Norbert. I could understand why Jo seemed so distant and just wanted to help the donkeys! When Hattie suggested to Jo that they open the sanctuary up to paying customers, Jo is quite obviously against the idea. However, she gives Hattie a month to trial the idea otherwise she has to leave. Pretty harsh but I was hoping everything would go well for them all!

    When Hattie met Seth, it was clear that there was an attraction and spark between the pair. They seemed to get on really well from the off and I was hoping that things would develop between them as Hattie really deserved to be happy with all the bad luck she had been getting! However, then Hattie was introduced to Owen, a journalist, and that certainly threw a spanner in the works to say the least! I wasn't as keen on Owen as I was with Seth, I thought he seemed a bit arrogant so I was hoping that things would heat up between Hattie and Seth! They seemed like such a perfect match!

    Overall, this was a heartwarming story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved getting to know all the characters and the setting sounded idyllic. I also liked how Jo transforms throughout the book, it was so lovely to read about her coming out of her shell. Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read an advance copy of this novel, which I have reviewed honestly.

  • Steph Lawrence

    Another lovely, heart-warming story by Tilly Tennant. A pleasure to read.

    So far Hattie has led an impulsive and chaotic lifestyle, living in Paris with her unsuitable boyfriend and then breaking up. She packs up and heads back to her childhood home, without letting her parents know she’s returning. They are shocked to find her back. She’s always felt inferior to her older sister Charlotte who had her life perfectly mapped out and in her parent’s eyes she was letting them down again.

    She needs to

    Another lovely, heart-warming story by Tilly Tennant. A pleasure to read.

    So far Hattie has led an impulsive and chaotic lifestyle, living in Paris with her unsuitable boyfriend and then breaking up. She packs up and heads back to her childhood home, without letting her parents know she’s returning. They are shocked to find her back. She’s always felt inferior to her older sister Charlotte who had her life perfectly mapped out and in her parent’s eyes she was letting them down again.

    She needs to find a job pretty quickly so she has some income but it’s such a small village with not a lot going on. There had been an opening at the village tea rooms just the day before, but that had been snapped up by a clumsy lady from nearby. Some funny scenes in the tea rooms and I loved the owners!

    Hattie does land herself a job, not what she was expecting to be doing, and definitely not what her parents wanted her to be doing. In fact all the village were thinking she was crazy.

    Jo, the prickly owner of Sweet Briar Farm is after a live-in helper. Hattie’s little room is at the front of the property, a bit shabby but she makes the most of it. And the sea view is spectacular. After having horses as a child she thought she’d have a bit of an idea of what goes on. What she takes on is so much more than mucking out a few donkeys. The connection she has with them is lovely…. Both happy and sad and very touching at times. The donkeys are definitely the scene-stealers, I loved them.

    Being a chatterbox Hattie thinks she’ll get through to Jo, a quiet and withdrawn person. Something just isn’t right with Jo, but she doesn’t open up. She seems to prefer the animals to the humans. Jo just gets on with all the farm jobs, including cooking up some lovely meals.

    A great cast of characters in this story…… Seth, the vet, good-looking and a bit mysterious.

    Owen, the newspaper reporter, likes a good time and has a question/answer to everything.

    Hattie’s best friend from school and her growing family.

    The scenery was beautiful, felt I was there on the Dorset cliffs and in the surrounding countryside.

  • Robin Loves Reading

    Hattie Rose felt like she had to make her own path in life when she chose to move to Paris. After a broken relationship and the loss of her dream job, she was truly disillusioned and returned home to Gillypuddle. Her family suffered a very sad tragedy and things with her parents are hardly smooth because of it.

    Hattie is desperate for a job, and they are few in the small village. When she hears that a donkey sanctuary called Sweet Briar Farm, has an opening, Hattie jumps at the chance, despite th

    Hattie Rose felt like she had to make her own path in life when she chose to move to Paris. After a broken relationship and the loss of her dream job, she was truly disillusioned and returned home to Gillypuddle. Her family suffered a very sad tragedy and things with her parents are hardly smooth because of it.

    Hattie is desperate for a job, and they are few in the small village. When she hears that a donkey sanctuary called Sweet Briar Farm, has an opening, Hattie jumps at the chance, despite the many obstacles facing her. One of the issues is Jo, her new boos. Jo is distant and practically lives the life a a hermit. Despite anticipated problems, Hattie takes on the job.

    When Hattie meets the vet, Seth, she wants to jump at the opportunity to get to know him. Dealing with the town's rumors, as well as an even bigger issue in the form of a newspaper reporter, things become a bit complicated for Hattie.

    This book certainly has quite a bit of conflict, and I think it was all handled beautifully. I love how Hattie worked hard at bringing Jo out. Hattie could see into Jo's soul, so she did her best in this regard. Meanwhile, Hattie has own own healing to do, especially when it comes to her relationship with her parents.

    What a delightful read by Tilly Tennant. This is only my second read by her, but when this book came up I jumped at the opportunity to read it. She has a way of writing an emotional read, one where readers are easily able to care for the characters. In this book, we also get to fall in love with the donkeys, especially Norbert. A first for me!

    This enjoyable book, albeit sad at times, is one that I am glad to have read and I am looking forward to reading more by this brilliant author.

    Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to read in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Jennifer Ritter

    Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts is the latest story penned by British author Tilly Tennant. Hattie Rose has returned to her family home in Gillypuddle, England, after having spent a couple of years in Paris working for B list designer Alphonse. After a mishap at a showing Hattie organized, heated words, and being fired, Hattie is seeking refuge.

    Back in Gillypuddle, Hattie is hoping to develop a better relationship with her parents, reconnect with old friends, and find direction for herself. Whil

    Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts is the latest story penned by British author Tilly Tennant. Hattie Rose has returned to her family home in Gillypuddle, England, after having spent a couple of years in Paris working for B list designer Alphonse. After a mishap at a showing Hattie organized, heated words, and being fired, Hattie is seeking refuge.

    Back in Gillypuddle, Hattie is hoping to develop a better relationship with her parents, reconnect with old friends, and find direction for herself. While she would like to devote her life to something meaningful, Hattie emphatically states that more schooling is not for her. Her mother, a retired lawyer, suggests checking with the couple who has the Willow Tree restaurant to see if they have something she can do while she is seeking herself. While they do not, they tell her that the only job they know of is to work for “medusa” up at Sweet Briar Farm.

    When Hattie approaches Sweet Briar Farm owner Jo Flint regarding a possible position, she learns the position is live in to help care for the stable of rescue donkeys, room and board included and a minimum wage. Her father, a retired doctor, and her mother try to dissuade Hattie from this venture, but she has a gut feeling that it will lead to something promising.

    As Hattie learns some things about the untalkative Jo, she works towards helping Jo with shelter funding, but rather than being happy for the help, Jo is angry. Not only that, but Jo becomes even more withdrawn. Hattie begins to feel that everything she is doing back home is going awry and decides to head back to Paris when Alphonse carves out a place for her. But the night before she takes off for Paris, all her efforts come to a head.

    This is an interesting read that addresses traumas at different stages of life and the effects trauma has on a person. It also looks at how one very determined albeit unorthodox young woman works to find herself while she strives to help others. I very much enjoyed this book and I do recommend it!

  • Toya

    The story begins with Hattie, who is living in Paris, but everything in her life is just not going to plan after the loss of her dream job compiled with a broken heart.. After constantly thinking about her home, Hattie decides it’s time to leave Paris and books a flight to get back to her parents’ home in Gillypuddle.

    When Hattie returns home, her father was a less than inviting (the result of a tragedy that has left her relationship with her parents strained), which definitely dampened the mood

    The story begins with Hattie, who is living in Paris, but everything in her life is just not going to plan after the loss of her dream job compiled with a broken heart.. After constantly thinking about her home, Hattie decides it’s time to leave Paris and books a flight to get back to her parents’ home in Gillypuddle.

    When Hattie returns home, her father was a less than inviting (the result of a tragedy that has left her relationship with her parents strained), which definitely dampened the mood of her homecoming. Nevertheless, in desperate search of a job, Hattie learns that the local donkey sanctuary Sweet Briar Farm has an opening. Even though Hattie is inexperienced and Jo is essentially a hermit, she takes on the position aware that she’s definitely got her work cut out for her.

    Prior to reading this book, I never ever considered the idea of wanting a donkey, but I have to admit that it is definitely on my mind. I loved the donkeys in this book! Each one of them had their own relationship with Hattie as well as personality. It was pretty incredible to see.

    I really enjoyed watching Hattie take on life at Sweet Briar Farm even though everyone (including myself at times) didn’t think that it would be worth the stress. I definitely admired Hattie for rising to the task when no one else would, especially when it came to getting Jo to finally come out of her shell.

    Overall, this is a wonderful story that really focuses on the hardships that people endure in life and the necessary (even if they are painful) steps to take in order to strive for a life of growth afterwards.

    Thank you to Bookouture for the tour invitation and providing an eARC via NetGalley. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  • Emma Crowley

    If the stunning and colourful cover for Tilly Tennant's new book Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts doesn't instantly draw you in and make you want to read this book then the brilliant story inside the covers will make you do that. I mean that cute little donkey alone against the backdrop of the sea just made me want to read this book as soon as possible. What a marvellous read this was infused with warmth, humour, emotion and genuine human understanding for the situation that the characters find t

    If the stunning and colourful cover for Tilly Tennant's new book Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts doesn't instantly draw you in and make you want to read this book then the brilliant story inside the covers will make you do that. I mean that cute little donkey alone against the backdrop of the sea just made me want to read this book as soon as possible. What a marvellous read this was infused with warmth, humour, emotion and genuine human understanding for the situation that the characters find themselves facing and all written so well that this was just the most glorious of books and definitely one that should be on your reading radar.

    I loved every minute of my time spent with Hattie in Gillypuddle (isn't that just the cutest name for a fictional village) so much so that I raced through the story finishing it in an afternoon. But it was certainly an afternoon well spent in the company of wonderful characters, not without their faults admittedly, but over the course of the book they undergo worthwhile and necessary changes to make life better for themselves and those around them. This was an uplifting read with a picturesque setting following those who sought guidance, redemption, forgiveness and understanding in order to move forward. I loved every minute of this beautiful read filled with depth and honesty and without doubt this is Tilly Tennant writing at her very best and long may it continue.

    Hattie Rose has spent two years living in Paris but her time in the city of light has come to an end due to unforeseen circumstances that really she had no control over as things took on a life of their own. She is reluctant to have to return home to the small village of Gillypuddle given she left under a cloud as she wanted to follow her own heart but she knows the time has come to go back. Her parents weren't best pleased when she left on a whim as she believed love beckoned and they didn't fully back her choice but will they support her now that she is returning home? Hattie had left many troubles behind but there were good people and memories waiting there for her too.

    As she arrives back home there is a sense of sadness surrounding her and reminders of what was lost and what could have been. We are told fairly on what had had happened in the past to bring such feelings about and how in turn it deeply affected Hattie's relationship with her parents and I was glad this was the case. I didn't think there was a need for any secrecy and as there wasn't any I thought it allowed the reader to really understand Hattie and comprehend why she said certain things or why she felt the way she did. It also showed how events in our childhood, traumatic or not, can have a deep and lasting affect on our lives but it is up to us as to how we overcome them and move forward. That is exactly what Hattie has come home to do. To stop and take a moment, to consider her next move, to take a breather. She is seeking direction to find out exactly who she should be and not be the person who conforms to a mould of her parents creation.

    As Hattie embarks upon finding yourself you would be forgiven for thinking this is another story where a woman goes on a journey, there is a splash or romance and all is well with world. OK there are some elements of truth to this but really Tilly Tennant has written a story with so much more to it. There is real depth to all the characters and plot lines and everything is given plenty of time to develop. Important issues and feelings are not skirted over and I thought the reader was given a real chance to get to know the inner workings of the characters, their pain and their joy. Yes there is a very small dash of romance thrown in but in way is it the central focus of the story and I was glad this was the case. It was almost like an afterthought and I mean that in a good way and really if it had literally occurred on the very last page that wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest.

    No instead the spotlight is on Hattie and how she finds a job at Sweet Briar Farm perched high on the cliff-tops over the village. It's a job people have warned her off because Jo the owner has not really enshrined herself into the community and subsequently she has earned a bad reputation. But Hattie is not one to heed the comments of others unless they are offering sound advice. She doesn’t judge people on first sight or at face value she likes to dig that little bit deeper and get to know people better before forming rash and hasty opinions.Initially I thought Hattie was a bit mad to accept a live in job with Jo with very little pay. She knew nothing about running a farm or specifically caring for donkeys and people told her she was crazy to go for it. But Hattie really wanted people to stop interfering in her life and although her decision may have been impulsive she wanted to be the one who controlled her life decisions and therefore she would deal with the consequences or fall out of what she judged to be a good choice. I admired her for taking a brave step into the unknown especially as Jo was so standoffish. I thought good for you. You are showing maturity and a willingness to try something different and that is what life is all about.

    I loved all the scenes set on the farm as Hattie gets used to the ways of life in an area she has no experience of. Of course the donkeys and in particular Norbert stole the show and I think anyone reading this book will have a new found appreciation/devotion to these unique animals. But it's the emotional atmosphere created at the farm that was a real stand out point. It was almost like at times Hattie and Jo where isolated up there away from the outside world, even though the village wasn't that far away, and that there was something special and unique about the place. That caring for the animals and living in close proximity to each to her meant at some stage both Hattie and Jo might confide in each other. There is no doubt that Hattie really did feel drawn to the farm, that there was a reason she had to be there apart from getting funding to make it viable so the good work of the sanctuary could continue. But would Hattie crumble as she faces her ultimate test as opposition seems to block her every idea and solution?

    Jo was a very closed book and even now having finished the story I'm not sure I fully understand her although I know the reasons for her demeanour. Ever since she bought Sweet Briar Farm several years ago she has kept to herself avoiding community involvement and in the process coming across as horrible, rude and obnoxious. This is all in stark contrast to the way she offers such tender loving care, attention and affection to the donkeys. She is a major contradiction shying away from human contact becoming gruff, distant and uncommunicative and really she is an enigma. But there had to have been a reason behind this exterior and the strong walls she had built up around herself. I wondered would Hattie be the one to crack her tough outer shell but I knew she was facing a battle. Jo was written in a way that I thought she was much older than Hattie and at one point Hattie does mention that too but I think the personality she had established for herself made her seem that way. There was also an air of melancholy and vulnerability about her and I was sure there had to have been a very significant reason for isolating herself from everybody. I did have a slight suspicion as to what it could be but I never quite put my finger on the actual reason.

    The tentative friendship/work relationship that developed between Hattie and Jo felt natural given their circumstances and I am glad that Hattie kept pushing and pushing to help Jo and the farm out but also to delve that little bit deeper in order to understand Jo more and hopefully bring happiness to her life. Nothing Hattie did felt fake or contrived or just thrown in to add drama to the story. The book didn't need unnecessary dramatics just to fill the pages. Instead the wonderfully crafted characters and the storylines spoke for themselves. I am so glad this wasn't your normal run of the mill boy meets girl story I have so read so so many of them and I think it was excellent that Tilly Tennant focused on two women who don't really realise that they share a common bond and a connection. That if they take the time to stop and focus and scratch beneath the surface that they really have a lot to offer each other in order to come to terms with the challenges and heartache they face in their lives.

    Hattie's Home for Broken Hearts is easily Tilly Tennant's best book to date and I have really loved her Honeybourne series and her Unforgettable Christmas books so that is saying something. If there was any way she could perhaps write more about Hattie and Jo that would make me one very happy reader indeed.

  • Els

    This story is a hotpot filled with ingredients!

    The cover is fun and promises you a light hearted story, but that’s not all there is to it.

    What do you do when you want to help someone who clearly does not want to be helped? Do you go behind that person’s back or do you try with everything that you have in you hoping you can convince them to see it your way and accept what you are offering?

    When you feel you have tried everything and your head hurts from hitting a brick wall time and time again and

    This story is a hotpot filled with ingredients!

    The cover is fun and promises you a light hearted story, but that’s not all there is to it.

    What do you do when you want to help someone who clearly does not want to be helped? Do you go behind that person’s back or do you try with everything that you have in you hoping you can convince them to see it your way and accept what you are offering?

    When you feel you have tried everything and your head hurts from hitting a brick wall time and time again and when the situation escalates, you don’t have a choice anymore and you have to give up. But do you really give up or do you force someone to talk when they don’t want to and risk making it worse?

    Add a devious boyfriend, a sexy potential boyfriend and you have the romantic side covered as well.

    The only thing that is missing still is a wonderful friend to have fun with and in comes Melinda.

    Et voila! A great story is born. 4 stars.

    Thank you, Tilly Tennant, Bookouture and Netgalley.

  • Berit☀️✨

    Tilly Tennant has crafted a lovely story filled with hope and heart. I never thought I would say these words but... I think I want a donkey. Hattie returns home from Paris to the sleepy little village of Gillypuddle (got to love that name). Her mother a retired lawyer and her father a retired doctor are both pushing her to finish her education, but that is not in Hattie’ss plans. There aren’t many employment opportunities in this small village so Hattie finds herself working at a donkey sanctua

    Tilly Tennant has crafted a lovely story filled with hope and heart. I never thought I would say these words but... I think I want a donkey. Hattie returns home from Paris to the sleepy little village of Gillypuddle (got to love that name). Her mother a retired lawyer and her father a retired doctor are both pushing her to finish her education, but that is not in Hattie’ss plans. There aren’t many employment opportunities in this small village so Hattie finds herself working at a donkey sanctuary. Her standoffish boss Jo is a puzzle to her. Seth the vet is intriguing and Owen the newspaperman well... the jury is still out on him. There is a lot of growth and change in the story. Hattie truly begins to find herself, her parents suffer a tragedy, and Jo has quite the transformation.

    there was so much charm in the story, I mean just look at the cover. I loved this little village and all the residents. Hattie was a wonderful character and I loved how she really took to these donkeys. I also really enjoyed her friendship with Jo, she was not easily deterred. The romance was Sweet, and went in the direction I was hoping. Another delightful summer read to add to the TBR!

    *** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

  • Gaele

    Hattie, after a disastrous accident and fire during a fashion show in Paris has returned to Gillypuddle in Dorset, the small village where she grew up. Arriving was a sudden thing, spur of the moment, and she hadn’t clued in her parents, not wanting to hear the ‘I Told You Sos” that would come with her latest ‘failure’ in Paris. Of course, the house looks the same, with most of the family photos being of her sister Charlotte, dead from meningitis at 18, with all of her promise unfulfilled. Hatti

    Hattie, after a disastrous accident and fire during a fashion show in Paris has returned to Gillypuddle in Dorset, the small village where she grew up. Arriving was a sudden thing, spur of the moment, and she hadn’t clued in her parents, not wanting to hear the ‘I Told You Sos” that would come with her latest ‘failure’ in Paris. Of course, the house looks the same, with most of the family photos being of her sister Charlotte, dead from meningitis at 18, with all of her promise unfulfilled. Hattie has always chafed against the spoken and unspoken plans and expectations her parents had for her, always feeling as if she’s being compared to what was, not being seen on her own. And, in truth, at twenty-six she is rather uncertain of what she wants to ‘be’ when she grows up, but does know that she wants to make a difference and do something that matters.

    Being home has allowed Hattie to reconnect with her best friend, now mum of 4 and scraping by in love with her husband and kids, the local tea room owners who just hired an elderly (if eminently cheery and positive) server, a new vet and the expected guilt and discussions with her parents. But, Hattie is determined to find a job, locally, and is informed of the new owners of a cliff-top farm who are looking for help. Everyone comments to the owner’s unfriendliness and unwillingness to make an effort, but Hattie heads off anyway. And how could she resist the lovely donkeys and Norbert, the elder statesman of the bunch and one that seemed to take right to her? Jo is everything that Hattie had been warned about, but she is convinced that it is shyness and an overload of work with isolated nights that have Jo near monosyllabic and gruff – and she takes the job.

    From the mystery that is Jo’s behavior to Hattie learning about the animals and truly trying to make the sanctuary an entity that supports itself, as money is obviously tight, she makes several well-intentioned yet unwelcome moves – and Jo is not best pleased. A cousin of the café owner is a dating possibility for a short time, and it is he who uncovers the story of Jo’s nightmares with the death of her sister, only making Hattie more determined to make inroads into a friendship. But with the loss of Norbert and a slip of the tongue, Jo is incensed and Hattie is fired – leaving her again at loose ends with plans to return to Paris for yet another job with the designer whose show set went up in flames. Peak excitement on the eve of her departure means that Jo finally accepts Hattie’s dogged determination to help – and the donkeys (and chickens and a cat) all have the chance to start afresh with plenty of hope. A lovely and uplifting story with room to laugh, to aah and even to empathize with Hattie and her good intentions, and you have to love the fact that the donkeys have a sea view that is ever-changing and inspiring in their new forever homes.

    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    Review first appeared at

  • thewoollygeek

    I usually love Tilly Tennant books but this one was a miss for me, so slow to start it was halfway through the book and I was still bored and waiting for it to pick up. Then in the second half it’s like she remembered it’s meant to have some more plot than donkeys and all the characters flipped personalities so it didn’t sit right with me. Could have been so much better and Tilly’s books usually are. Hoping back to normal in future books

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for a

    I usually love Tilly Tennant books but this one was a miss for me, so slow to start it was halfway through the book and I was still bored and waiting for it to pick up. Then in the second half it’s like she remembered it’s meant to have some more plot than donkeys and all the characters flipped personalities so it didn’t sit right with me. Could have been so much better and Tilly’s books usually are. Hoping back to normal in future books

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

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