Fledgling journalist Ellie Newton is keen to prove herself when she lands a hard-won job at the Millrise Echo. So when reports come in of a man camped on the corner of a local street, refusing to move until the girl who has jilted him takes him back, Ellie is on a mission to get the scoop.
She arrives to meet Ben Kelly, a man she is instantly attracted to. But she has a job to do and an incredible story to write and has soon pledged to help him win back the girl of his dreams. With Ellie’s help, Ben’s plight captures the hearts and imaginations of the public. And when a TV film crew appears to make a feature on the most romantic gesture the town of Millrise has ever seen, Ellie’s mission gets its happy ending...
But while Ellie has been busy fixing the lives of her wayward parents, providing shoulders for heartbroken friends to cry on, and worrying about her terminally-ill aunt, she hasn’t noticed that she has also been falling quietly in love – with the very man she has now ensured is hopelessly out of her reach.
Ellie must choose between doing the right thing, and the thing that feels right. And whatever choice she makes, someone will get their heart broken.
I'm super delighted to be part of Tilly Tennant's blog Tour for The Man Who Can't Be Moved. This opportunity finally given me the chance to pick up on of Tilly's novels. I remember many bloggers fangirling about her debut novel Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn when it came out. Is was very intrigued to give The Man Who Can't Be Moved a go. Not only because of this stunning cover, also I love the titel of this novel. The Script is on of my favourite bands and I couldn't wait to find out in which way their song has inspired her novel.
The Man Who Can't Be Moved is a story that tells a tale of Ellie Newton and Ben Kelly. Ellie is a reporter for the he Millrise Echo; a provincial newspaper with tiny circulation but a huge place in the heart of the local community. Ellie is reporter with hear and soul, writing and reporting is her passion. We quickly disocver Ellie's life is not according to plan at the moment. Ellie has to carry a load on her back. She is busy trying to bring her parents back together because they are on the way to get divorced, taking care for her seriously ill aunt Hazel, trying to impress everyone at the paper and stay in touch with her best friends in London because most of her friends moved away or got married. We see Ellie as she is sent to Constance Street to report on Ben Kelly, a local guy who was camped out on a street corner. He isn't going to move until his ex-girlfriend Gemma, who dumped him, comes back. Ben is determinded to get his girl back with this drastic action to declare his love to Gemma. What woman could not help but fall head over heels for a man who does something so selfless, kind and romantic for a woman? What do you think: Will Ben succeed on his misson? More importantly, what part does Ellie play in all of this?
In the first place I struggeled with the first few chapters of this book. I was a bit confused about the characters. I felt there was not enough explanation who they were and what and why is something happening. After a while I finally settled in the book and I really started to enjoy it. Ellis was a character I liked instantly. She is one of the most caring and selfless characters I have read about in a long time. She is putting other people always first and tries to please everyone. Ben was that kind of character you'll fall in love as soon as you meet him. He is incredibly sweet. A hopless romantic and a dreamer. Sounds like Mr. Perfect right?
There is sub plot featuring Ellis aunt Hazel. It's not easy for me to read sorylines that features cancer. My mother was diagnosed with cancer two times. It always makes me feel uncomfortable to read about it. Tilly has done a great job with dealing Hazel’s storyline with such sensitivity. It was a good contrast to the main storyline. I could connect to Ellie even more and I understood how she felt. I think Hazel was a very well drawn character. She was so stong and still optimstic even though she new her life was going to an end. My favourite quote by her was: "If I only leave you one useful piece of advice for you. It's this: Don't be afaid to fall in love, but handle it better than I did. Don't let anyone make you unhappy." Her story was very touching.
Tilly added some very entertaining backround character to enrich the story. Starting from Patrick, the newspapers photographer, Gemma, Bens ex-girlfriend, who was some good trouble to the story or the women next door who provided Ben with food and drinks, they were such fun to read about.
The Man Who Can't Be Moved is at once romantic and touching with a very clever and entertaining concept which I recommend to all of you.