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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prospera Publishing; UK ed. edition (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907504141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907504143
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.5 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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.
--Novelicious

About the Author

Bestselling novelist Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and wine. 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.

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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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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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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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I received an advanced review copy of this at the perfect time. Right when I needed a good laugh and pick-me-up. Ultimately, this is a 'feel good' book. But woven into the intelligent narrative, dry humour, and moments worthy of good old a belly laugh, is a subtle melancholy. Of course, this melancholy is not prominent, and is often completely overridden by Roland's remarkable skill at bringing the funniest elements of a scene to the surface, but it's there--lingering in the background. And cleverly done so too.

There are moments in the book where you feel like you're at a big party, and all attention is on you, then someone says something insulting to you, that everyone else seems to think is funny. Of course, you try to save face by laughing along and pretending that the comment didn't hurt. But it did. Deep down. But you wouldn't dare let it show, would you? Because your reputation comes first, and if people knew how you felt inside, no one would like you anymore.

This book is ultimately about following dreams. But not dreams of success. Dreams of just being accepted for your plain old self. It really makes you realize that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. And that happiness comes from being true to oneself.

Watching Willow Watts is a must-read. Because sometimes you can get a lot more than just entertainment out of chick-lit than one would typically think. Talli Roland is a talent to say the least. And I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
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