Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prospera Publishing (30 Nov 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1907504141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907504143
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5 cm

Kindle edition available September 2011

Synopsis from Amazon:

For twenty-five-year-oldWillow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind thecounter at her father’s antique shop; nights watching fuzzy telly whilst theelderly residents of Britain’s Ugliest Village bed down for yet another earlynight. But everything changes when Willow’s epically embarrassing MarilynMonroe impersonation is uploaded to YouTube. A canny viewer spots Marilyn’sghostly image hidden in the film and Willow becomes an international sensation.Her dire little town is suddenly overrun with fans proclaiming her to be the’new Marilyn’. Egged on by the villagers – whose shops and businesses arecashing in – Willow eagerly embraces her new identity, dying her hair platinumand scoffing cakes to achieve Marilyn’s legendary curves. But when the only manshe has ever truly loved returns, seeking the old Willow, it’s decision time.Should she risk stardom and the village’s new-found fortune on love? Or isbeing Marilyn Willow’s real ticket to happiness?


The story starts at the village fete where we are introducedto the characters.  Willow’s best friendPaula is running a stall where fete visitors dress up as a celebrity and havetheir photo taken.  Paula talks Willowinto dressing as Marilyn Munroe, Simpson (who is the village tourism rep) makesa video which gets uploaded onto YouTube … and this one incident sends Willow’slife into a whirlwind of activity and emotions. 

Belcherton explodes with visitors wanting to see Willow andalong with this influx of people arrives agent Jay.  Jay, who on the surface is very supportive of Willow butunderneath is controlling and hungry for revenge (and money!).  Amongst the visitors to the village we meetBetts who has stepped out of her comfort zone and come to the UK fromGeorgia.  She stays with Willow and herfather and becomes an integral part of their lives.

Another character central to the story is Cissy.  A retired former actress living on theoutskirts of the village, she has met Jay in the past.  She is not happy with how things are workingout for Jay.

The characters in Watching Willow Watts are sobelievable.  You become involved ineither rooting for everything to turn out well or wishing for theirdownfall. 

Behind Willow’s decisions all the time are considerations ofothers – money her father owes or in supporting the village to become more thanBritain’s Ugliest Village.  She puts herown feelings aside.  When Jay enters thevillage she is in a vulnerable position emotionally so it is entirelybelievable that she only sees what is on the surface.  If you’ve read my reviews you know that I love watching a femaleheroine make the journey from being down-trodden and insecure to becoming herown person … and we certainly see this for Willow. 

Watching Willow Watts is a wonderful emotional ride.  We have all the elements of love,friendship, family, community and revenge to keep us absorbed.  You won’t be disappointed in accompanyingWillow on her journey as the iconic Marilyn Munroe!

I would like to thank the author for providing me a review copy.

You can find Talli Roland on Twitter and also on Facebook.  Keep up with Talli’s news on her blog.


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