Writing as Lilly Bartlett

Lilly Bartlett - cosy comedies

Full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters

The Confetti Pact
She wants a groom. He wants a visa...

When London's rising social media star, Nelly Roberts, is left in the lurch with not just a wedding but also the country’s biggest magazine feature on the line, she’s got no choice but to substitute one groom for another. Luckily she meets Rafael, who’s looking for a way to stay in the UK where he’s built the life he loves. So they make a pact: act the perfect couple for as long as it takes for Nelly to get her wedding and Rafael to get his visa. The catch? Absolutely nobody can know the truth.

With the magazine following their every move, Nelly’s ex re-emerges with a change of heart just as her pretend feelings for Rafael start to be anything but pretend. What could possibly go wrong?

The Truth About Love and Dogs
A comedy about good friends, bad dogs and fresh starts

Four little words, uttered by her husband…‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’
There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but nothing is bringing back their sparkle. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

As the fairy dogmother of North London, Scarlett specializes in training naughty pets. She’s the last chance for the lovable dogs and their humans, so she spends her days tangled up in leashes and covered in fur with her business partner and best friend in the world. Thank goodness the women have each other.

But Scarlett has to get her relationship back on track, and Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

Christmas at the Falling-Down Guesthouse
Meet Britain's Worst Innkeeper

Put your feet up and tuck into the mince pies, because you won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy this Christmas!

Too bad the same can’t be said for single mother and extremely undomestic goddess, Lottie.

When her beloved Aunt Kate ends up in hospital just before Christmas, Lottie and her seven-year-old daughter rush to rural Wales to take over her B&B. A picky hotel reviewer and his mad family are coming to stay, and without the rating only he can give them, Aunt Kate will lose her livelihood.

But Lottie can barely run her own life, let alone a hotel. How will she manage to turn the falling-down guesthouse into the luxurious wonderland the reviewer expects? And could the mysterious taxi driver, Danny, who agrees to help her, turn out to be the real gift this season?

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel
Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that's full of dreams

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.
That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.
How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?
The Wedding Bluff
Friends, we are gathered here today to pull off the wedding bluff of a lifetime...

When Emma’s boyfriend Daniel pops the question with a ring the size of a small country, she realizes just how different their worlds are. Her family can only afford a low-key wedding while Daniel’s mother is expecting a society party that their high-brow guests won’t forget! 

How will Emma put together a sophisticated champagne-sodden celebration fit for Lords and Ladies when her dad can’t accept any help from Daniel’s family, her best friend Kelly has become a world-class Bridesmaidzilla and her cross-dressing Uncle Barbara is dying to strut his stuff up the aisle?

The big day is three months away. Just don’t look too closely, because nothing is as it seems!

The Second Chance Cafe
Meet Emma, who believes in second chances, and Lou, who could really use one…

New mum of twins, Emma, is desperate to get back into the grown-up world. But she can’t exactly stash her toddlers in an office drawer while she works, so instead she opens a café in her neighbourhood.

But Emma isn’t looking for the best employees. She hires the ones who most need the help. It’s a bit like asking which cakes taste okay in a bakery. No fancy decoration or mouth-watering icing. Someone else will gladly have those. Emma wants the ones that are irregularly shaped or might have fallen on the floor. They’re still perfectly good, just not as obviously appealing as the perfect ones.

It might be Lou’s only chance to prove that she’s worth more than nearly everyone in her life thinks she is. Yet she’s about as cuddly as a cactus, which isn’t making her a natural in customer service. And Emma worries about what she’s hiding.

Soon the café fills with customers who are about as compatible as toothpaste and orange juice - freelancing hipsters, grumpy teens, new moms and ancient neighborhood residents - who have only one thing in common. They’re all looking for somewhere to fit in.

But someone is trying to shut down the café. If they can’t put their differences aside and work together, they'll all lose the community that has come to mean the world to them.