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Watching Willow Watts

Watching Willow Watts [Kindle Edition]

Talli Roland
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Talli Roland has definitely found her niche in writing chick lit with an edge that is fun, modern and romantic, and I'm already looking forward to her next book! --One More Page

Once again, Talli Roland has written a fast-paced, fun book filled with quirky characters and a clever plot.

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Top 100 Amazon Customer Favourite for 2011.

Chosen as a Favourite Romantic Novel of 2011 by Romantic Fiction Online.


"Light-hearted, humorous, and a sweet happy ending made me a happy reader!" --Chick Lit Plus.

"Wonderful, warm and wicked! . . . Sassy, original and great fun." --High Heels and Book Deals.

"A fresh and well-thought-out narrative, likeable characters, dry wit and an interesting perspective on overnight fame." --Chick Lit Club.

"It's hilarious, emotional and heart-warming, and the best part is that you won't be at all disappointed with the ending." --Kim the Bookworm.


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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Prospera Publishing (25 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JE2IJI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States.

To learn more about Talli, go to or follow Talli on Twitter: @talliroland. Talli blogs at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland 31 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Willow Watts lives in the small and very quiet village of Belcherton in the UK, having moved back there from living a good happy life in London, where she had graduated from a prestigious flower school in Knightsbridge after doing really well and landing a great job in Liberty's. She had made the decision to return to Belcherton to be there for her father who since her mothers death seems not to be coping too well and Willow finds out his business is in debt. She is living a quiet life in the village where nothing much happens.

When Simpson Dyer the head and only member of Belcherton's tourist board is making a film to promote Belcherton and attract more visitors he films Willow dressed up as the icon Marilyn Monroe and he puts the film on You tube with a grey image of the real Marilyn's face floating in the background. Willow finds herself an instant internet sensation when the post gets thousands of hits and starts trending due to a comment a fan of Marilyn posts claiming it to be the ghost of Marilyn! Thousands of fans follow suite and after the clip is shown in the media fans of Marilyn start descending to the usually quiet Belcherton, even going as far as to setting up a campsite. Even after seeing Willow in the flesh they all go on believing that she is the essence of Marilyn.

Jay Bellamy introducers himself as a hot shot London agent who wants to sign Willow to work and earn good money being Marilyn and Willow sees this as the answer to helping clear her fathers debts.

Betts Johnson is a massive Marilyn fan who is unhappy with her life she flies over to Belcherton from America to come in search of finding her idol.

Will Willow lose her own identity and become Marilyn?

Is Jay all he claims to be?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Willow! 29 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved Talli Roland's enchanting new book, having adored The Hating Game. I was drawn in straight away and couldn't put the book down!

Willow Watts, a gifted florist beginning to make a success of her business in London, has returned to the weary village she hails from to care for her widowed father and his ailing antique shop. Life for her and the village takes a bizarre turn when the ghostly image of Marilyn Monroe is seen in an otherwise embarrassing YouTube video of Willow, performing at the local fete. Events move quickly to transform Willow into the new Marilyn, make her a star and save the shop.

Talli Roland has written a wonderful cast of characters, from a devoted best friend, a ruthless charmer, a warm and loving Texan, to an eccentric band of elderly locals and we see Willow fighting to find herself in the midst of both adoration and exploitation. The parallels with Marilyn herself are worked in beautifully.

An aspect of Talli Roland's writing that I love is that, amongst the pace and frivolity, is pure pathos and heart. Characters overcome past hurts and discover inner strengths and talents they didn't know they had.

I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more Talli Roland.

On a Kindle note - this is well formatted, which is very welcome as so many Kindle books have appalling formatting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab - Read it NOW! 27 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Willow Watts has managed to drop the reigns on her life, moving from her budding dream-career as an up-and-coming florist in London to living back with her newly widowed father in Belcherton, Britain's ugliest village. Willow battles to save her father's shop from bankruptcy, whilst simultaneously preventing him from knowing anything about it. Suddenly, the answer seems to drop right into her lap when a you-tube video of her (shockingly bad) impersonation of Marilyn Monroe goes viral. As the world convenes on Belcherton, clamouring to see the `New Marilyn', Willow is faced with a choice - let it all die down, or embrace this new identity, give the world what it seems to want and laugh all the way to the bank.

Just as Willow begins to get to grips with her new reality, a blast from the past appears, reminding her that maybe being herself wasn't such a bad gig after all.

Set in a superbly drawn take on an English-idyll-gone-bad, Watching Willow Watts is full of characters to fall in love with, and is ultimately a love letter to individuality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WWW 13 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Now that's what I like, a 100% Chick Lit book. You know exactly what you are going to get. A darned good read.

I was going to save this for holidays next week, but I thought I'd read a page or two. Next thing I knew was I'd finished it and it was dark outside.

It's the story of Willow Watts who, after living in London for a while, goes back to her small village to live with her dad and gets caught up in whirlwind after appearing on You Tube.

It was a great read. The story just flowed and even though Willow is extremely naive, I liked her and the other characters.

Is it too early to ask when your next book is out Talli? I want more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Applause For Willow Watts! 27 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
She's done it again! Talli Roland has written another red carpet, chick lit read. Watching Willow Watts is entertaining, different and packed with humour.

Romance for Willow Watts -a young florist from a small community-has flown the nest. Her love life is zero. Baking cakes for the ladies group and her hopes of recovering money to cover her father's small shop debts are about as exciting as her life gets. Until a YouTube video puts her hometown on the map, then life gets a little crazy.

Willow finds herself centre of attention and is not enjoying it one bit. The only added bonus is her love life has taken a turn for the better-or has it?

The pull of her boyfriend, his obsession with her rise to fame, the sudden appearance of her ex and her girlfriend's accusation upsets Willow. She makes an error of judgement. One woman can save her and does so with a secret shared from her past.

Watching Willow Watts is a great read-a brilliant read. Kick back, put the kettle on and enjoy Willow's rise to fame-or do I mean Marilyn Monroe?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing...
A good story ruined, as it is littered with mistakes. It needed an English inhabitant to proof read to correct all the language errors. I felt quite cross by yhe end. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Miss Amanda L Shine
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Not bad when you get to the end, just a bit slow going at some points. Worth a read I'd say.
Published 3 months ago by rach
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done again Talli Roland
This book was just as excellent as all Talli's previous ones I'd read, and, once again, I couldn't put it down. More of the same please.
Published 4 months ago by Anne Marie Kilker
1.0 out of 5 stars Watching Willow Watts hmph
Save your money do not buy it ridiculous story. Have only read a third as did not have the heart to carry onl
Published 6 months ago by Chantelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Really enjoyed this book not read a bad one from talli last book next can't wait for more again couldn't review when finished but popped up now so thought I would sharr
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Andrea Allcote
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better ones..
This story took quite a while to get into. Although the concept of impersonating Marilyn Munroe is ok, it was also boring.
A nice bit of romance at the end was most welcoming.
Published 15 months ago by Rachel byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN READ
I have always loved Talli's writting and this did not disappoint

Willow has given up her life in London and moved back to Belcherton to look after her widowed father. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and heart-warming
Watching Willow Watts is written with humour, warmth and honesty.
I was rooting for Willow and for Paula - pun intended, given their respective professions! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joanna Gawn, Author of The Lazuli Portals
3.0 out of 5 stars It didn't set my world on fire
In short this book is about a normal girl from a sleepy village in the Cotwolds whose life gets flip turned upside down when a you tube clip of her impersonating Marilyn Monroe... Read more
Published on 1 April 2012 by A. Shearwani
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read.....could not put this book down!
All I can say is "Wow!" I loved this book and once I'd started this I could not put this down.....This is the second one of this author I've read and I must say that Talli's work... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Kami
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