Where There's a Will: Can love find a way? THE fun, uplifting and romantic read for summer 2019

Where There's a Will: Can love find a way? THE fun, uplifting and romantic read for summer 2019

by Beth Corby

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Overview

Would you take the chance that could change everything?

After leaving university at the age of twenty-five with no idea what to do with her life, Hannah is stunned when she is left a mystery bequest by her rich, estranged great-uncle Donald.

But there's a catch: before she can find out what she's inherited, she must undertake a series of unknown tasks alongside Alec, Donald's reluctant (but rather gorgeous) PA.

As the tasks progress and she and Alec grow closer, Hannah begins to think that Donald's real gift might have more to do with love than money . . .

This funny, romantic and uplifting novel is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Cathy Hopkins and Anna Bell.

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'A great read for fans of Sophie Kinsella. I was drawn in instantly - 5 STARS'

'Enchanting . . . made me smile, laugh, wonder and want to experience more of life for myself - 5 STARS'

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'A hugely enjoyable, fresh, original read - 5 STARS'

'Fun, light-hearted and enjoyable . . . Love, love, love! - 5 STARS'

'I absolutely love this book - 5 STARS'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473699502
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/30/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 3,196
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Beth Corby began life in a small Welsh mining village, and pursued her interest in music through to a PhD. Finding academic writing constricting, she tried creative writing and fell for comedic storytelling at the first pen stroke. Beth relishes time writing, daydreaming, plotting and capturing those moments when her characters misbehave. Where There's a Will is her first novel.

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Where There's a Will: Can love find a way? THE fun, uplifting and romantic read for summer 2019 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
gaele 9 months ago
Opening with a disastrous interview for a teaching position, Hannah is tired of the ‘what next’ attitude from her family, the increasing debt of her seemingly endless forays into university and the studying. Always having felt like the ‘afterthought’, particularly where her not very nice and always in the spotlight sister is concerned, she just wanted to have a bit of time to herself, with the interview behind her, to regroup. But, in an unwise moment she shared with her sister, and thus her failure (or unsuitability – as she really had no interest in actually teaching, but more seeking a job to start paying off debt) to make a start on ‘adulting’. All of this is coming on the heels of a family gathering at the house of one Uncle Donald – their grandmother Betty’s brother, black sheep of the family, and a total mystery. The entire family has been requested to attend, and the conversations, expectations and moods are high. Donald lives in a grand-ish house named the Laurels, and for the most part, Hannah’s relatives are behaving exactly as she expected: assessing the space, man and their prospects with manners both cloying and false. But after the singular meeting, a few short asides from Hannah to Donald, and they are off back to their lives, until news of Donald’s death reaches them. From the reading of the will to threats of contest, angry words and plenty of self-serving planning, only Hannah was asked to hang back, for she was bequeathed something very different. A series of tasks to be completed one after the other to receive her inheritance. Hannah agrees and we are off…… This was the second or third title with a similar “beyond the grave’ aspect that sought to direct actions or provide enlightenment through a combination of physical acts and letters of explanation, all with the purpose of obtaining the bequest. What sets Hannah’s story apart is her reactions to, and interactions with the three people who are keys to the whole thing. Alex, Donald’s PA is there to monitor her progress and assist her, Donald, the deceased who feels so present and palpable through his letters and the one who threatens to bring everything down – Mrs. Jennings. Throughout the tasks, some that push Hannah to her limits and test her already shaky self-confidence, she’s gaining insight, learning to rely on her own instincts and enjoying the ride – even when she’s wondering just how worth it this might be. But never in a mercenary way: she’s only curious about furthering the feelings and intrigue that Donald engendered on their one meeting, and getting to know the man better. This is a fun escape story with plenty of moments to make you think and smile. 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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Good one
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous 11 months ago
I+loved+this+book.+Uncle+Donald+was+such+a+great+character+with+sound+advice.+very+fun+and+original+story.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Funny & interesting family dynamics .
Anonymous 6 months ago
I love the way the book is written. I'm usually not into the romance genre, but this is is awesome and just wholesome. Hope to hear more from this author.
Anonymous 7 months ago
It was kind of hard to get into at first because of all the different characters right from the get-go but ended up being a pretty good book and well thought-out.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Different and I enjoyed reading.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great first book, which I hope will be the first of many. I don't read a lot of romances, cause most of them are what I would call, 'mushy' and plotless. This book was not like that at all. It had a good storyline and characters that I genuinely cared about in the end. Reading this book, I did not want it to end. I actually cried when it did. Please read if you have the chance. It truly is the perfect Summer read. I can't wait to read what is next from Beth Corby!
K_Huskic 9 months ago
I really enjoyed this story. The whole concept of doing tasks to receive an inheritance was a fun idea, and in the end lessons were learned from each item on the list, and a relationship began, making it all worth it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I didn't want to put it down. So much reality to it that I kept reading to find out the next task and what she was going to inherit. Some of the words/language threw me off a bit but I figured out what the author was saying.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Absolutely+loved+this+book.+It%27s+a+lighthearted+chicklit+book+with+a+bit+of+suspense%2C+humor+and+romance.++I+rarely+give+5+stars%2C+I%27m+so+happy+I+found+this+author.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I throughly enjoyed this book. I was never bored and experienced many different emotions.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Unique and hard to put dowm. The perfect light reading book to curl up with after a long day. The ending is predictable, but pleasantly so. If you want and easy read, fairly short, feel good novel, here it is.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book was a hoot to read. It has it all drama, love, comedy and family members from hell!! Loved it!
Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous 10 months ago
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Anonymous 10 months ago
I enjoyed this. Somewhat predictable but also with some funny twists. Overall a sweet story about finding your place.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Hannah is in a slump. After changing her major several times and bombing a teaching interview, she isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She dreams of being a writer, but doesn’t think she has experienced enough to really infuse true emotions and experiences into her work. Then one day she’s invited with the rest of her family to her Great Uncle Donald’s house. Donald had a falling out with Hannah’s grandmother Betty many years ago and because of this Hannah has never met him. Donald is a definitely character. “‘I’d say about ninety-five per cent of the time it’s great. He’s in a good mood: full of the spice of life, all ideas and excitement.’ ‘And the other five per cent . . . ?’ ‘. . . is bloody awful... He has these wild schemes, some of which are clearly ridiculous, and if they don’t work out, he sinks to the absolute depths of despair and behaves like the worst toddler you’ve ever seen!” As the black sheep of her own family, Hannah can identify with Donald and his mischievous manner. As the rest of the family tries to impress him in order to gain access to his wealth, Hannah has an honest conversation with Donald during which he gives her some invaluable advice, “‘Hmm.’ He thinks for a moment and I’m grateful that he’s taking my question seriously. ‘I’d say be brave. Don’t let people make you feel insignificant – always remember they don’t have the right. Then I’d say get out there; decide what you want to do and damned well do it.” Hannah will definitely need to heed these words because after Donald’s passing, his last “wild scheme” involves her. In his will, Donald leaves Hannah a series of tasks that she must complete in 6 months in order to receive her undisclosed inheritance. What follows is a heart-warming and often hilarious story about finding adventure, finding yourself, and maybe even finding love along the way. This was such a fun book. I really enjoyed the concept of this novel and I loved finding out more about Donald through his letters to Hannah. I feel like so many novels just regurgitate old plots and this was a breath of fresh air. Thank you to Netgalley and to Hodder & Stoughton for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TheModestReader 12 months ago
There's just something about this book that got me hooked. It was one of those situations where I was just over halfway through before I went to bed, and I was so drawn into the story that I didn't put it down until it was finished (and only a few hours left before I had to be up for the day). That doesn't happen to me often anymore. I liked Hannah's character. I liked her dynamic with Alec, too. They were both skeptical of the other in a believable way, and their story progressed at what I thought was a nice pace. Hannah's family, however, is a little too mean to be plausible. There was no real reason for her to be the outcast (okay, so she's 25 and hasn't quite found a job that she likes yet—when I was 25, I had a lot of friends in the same boat), and there was no reason for them to be as invested in the will as they were... they barely knew the guy, and they were all pretty well off, from what I could tell. I think I was mostly interested in Great Uncle Donald's story. He was an interesting man with a very complicated past, and we only got to discover it piece by piece with Hannah. I wanted to know everything there was to know about how all the pieces fit together, and I could only do that by powering through the chapters (and the tasks) one by one. There were many twists and reveals that I didn't see coming—I love when a book's plot surprises me!—and although some of the reveals were a little bit anticlimactic (Mrs. Jennings's secret, for one), I still appreciate that the story made sense as a whole. The book embraces quirks, which I love. And although the whole "I leave you letters after my death to help you find your way" trope is not new, because Donald was such a fascinating character, it felt refreshing. 4.5 STARS https://themodestreader.com/2019/05/20/where-theres-a-will
Shelley-S-Reviewer 12 months ago
This funny, romantic and entertaining novel is a debut from Beth Corby. I was very impressed with her witty writing and flowing style. Absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters. And I loved that this was not as predictable as it easily could have been. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised on more than one instance throughout the story where super-cliche things I thought would happen totally didn't...perfect. I breezed through this book. It was very fun, I really liked the dialogue and the storyline was great, it had it all, comedy, love, drama and a little bit of mystery to sprinkle in and give it that completeness. I definitely recommend this book to rom-com fans who like their characters flawed and quirky, and their heroes utterly adorable. Overall, Where There's a Will was an entertaining, easy and cute read. There were some sweet, emotional, and funny moments. This was a book about finding yourself, growing as a person and falling in love along the way. I enjoyed this book a lot and look forward to more in from Beth Corby in the future.
SaraOxo 12 months ago
Where There’s a Will by Beth Corby a five-star read that will challenge you. Beth Corby has just become a one click author for me on the standard of this novel alone. Its funny and honest and will challenge you, it shows us grief and family drama and you will laugh at inappropriate moments, but you may also be sad at some strange ones too. Hannah will allow you to accompany her along her journey, you get the joy of watching her get a sense of purpose in her life but that’s not the story. But the thing is, she isn’t the character that will show you the most in this story, that honour falls to Donald, he may be a black sheep but sometimes they are the ones that can show you the most. Alec will challenge you as he isn’t that likeable for most of the story, but the rest makes up for it. Now all I need to do is find out what else Beth Corby has written so I can get me some more reading done.
MKF 12 months ago
You, like me, might figure out early on that Uncle Donald's tasks for Hannah after his death were arranged so that she would gain confidence and, in his fondest dreams, find love with Alec, his assistant. No matter, Hannah's a mess but Donald sees something in her that the rest of her family does not and that's why she is his heir. He's a hoot, btw, and a good egg. Alec is a classic foil to help her along (and to see what Donald saw in her). Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's a light read and one that will make you smile.