Aussie farm girl Matilda Moore kicks off her dream trip to London by flat-sitting for her childhood friend. But London is daunting, crowded, and noisy, and that’s before Tilly finds a baby on the doorstep. There’s a note attached: “Henry, if you’re reading this, please know the worst has happened.”
Probability expert Henry Church has finally returned home to Wirralong, Australia, to see his grandparents when he gets a phone call from Tilly that breaks every statistical analysis. The probability of him being the father is marginal. Plus, he knows nothing about caring for a baby. Emotions and socializing are even bigger mysteries. He begs Tilly for help—can she cut her holiday short and bring the baby to Wirralong?
Tilly will do almost anything for her childhood best friend, but falling in love with him and his motherless baby is an emphatic no. Out of the question. Or is it?
Titles in the Outback Brides Return to Wirralong multi-author series include — Matilda Next Door by Kelly Hunter – Maeve’s Baby by Fiona McArthur – Serenity’s Song by Cathryn Hein – A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay
Title: Matilda Next Door
Series: Outback Brides Return to Wirralong #1
Author: Kelly Hunter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 3, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
‘Matilda Next Door‘ begins the ‘Outback Brides Return to Wirralong‘ series, and if you’ve read the earlier series, ‘Outback Brides‘, then you’ll know that you are in for a treat as we return to a small town that, at times, seems bursting with life and love. Although this is a spin-off series in one way, you really don’t feel that you should have read the earlier one first. I would recommend it though, for those were also delightful romances set in a country with its own unique beauty.
Tilly and Henry were childhood friends and while Tilly may have had a crush on Henry, that certainly didn’t get in the way of their close friendship. They really are quite opposite of each other in personality, yet they fill in those open spaces for each other quite nicely. Henry might be considered cold by some people, yet that’s his personality. Tilly saw parts of him that the rest of the world just couldn’t. And one vacation that didn’t end up quite as expected, one baby, and two people who are right for each other are about to have the adventure of a lifetime – and maybe fall in love along the way.
I had fun with Henry and Tilly as they each opened their eyes to what was right in front of them all along. A feel-good romance that has edges of emotions that will keep you rooting for this couple throughout. Love the quirky residents of this small-town, the closeness of neighbors (no matter the actual distance), and watching Henry learn to deal with those pesky emotions and socializing with a wee babe. If you’re in the mood for a good, solid romance with likable characters, an adorable baby, and the beauty of the Outback – then pick up ‘Matilda Next Door‘ and get started on a new series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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