Friday, 13 May 2016

Book Review - Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin - Blog Tour

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Title: Summer at Rose Island  (White Cliff Bay Book 3)
Author: Holly Martin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 13th May 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance. 

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. 

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing… 

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day. 

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. 

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for? 

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down. 

Starting a new Holly Martin book is always a bit like getting a huge hug from your best friend, after you haven't seen them for a while. It's comforting, and will always bring a smile to your lips, and you will sink into those arms, or pages of a book, and just know you are home. And that was my instant reaction to the first few pages of Summer at Rose Island. 

I should probably touch on something quite important to start with , that yes this is book 3, set in the lovely White Cliff Bay, but all 3 of the books can easily be read as standalones. However Darcy's next door neighbours are Libby and George from Snowflakes on Silver Cover, and even in the regular glimpses we saw of them in this new story, was enough to feel really at home with them, and have a nice update on their lives. 

In fact fans of this series will be delighted to see a whole range of familiar faces popping up, and its always pleasurable to see recurring characters in a series. 

From the moment I met both Darcy and Riley, I knew these characters would become firm favourites of mine. I loved Darcy's slight geekiness, and wouldn't believe the dysfunctional relationship she has with her parents, if it wasn't a bit too familiar to my own family feelings! Riley is a man who is very easy to fall for, and as he starts to let his guard down, becomes just sexier and sexier. 

Summer at Rose Island is a very summery feeling book, as the town of Whitecliff Bay band together to save the lighthouse on Rose Island, that is also Riley's home. Darcy hasn't been in town for long before she gets involved in the campaign and into small town life, although the gossip grapevine does take her a bit of getting used to. 

One of the main things that I will take from this book is that lighthouses and their keepers can be very sexy, and that a lighthouse could be a wonderful place to live. I am still puzzling how the grand piano ended up inside though!

There are some wonderful descriptions of sharks in this story. They are not an animal I have ever found myself thinking about a great deal, but one of the first things I have done since finishing the book is googling images of Darcy's favourite breed, Angel sharks, just to see what they really do look like. 

Darcy is a real people person, and soon makes friends in this new town of hers, and she is a whirlwind of a personality. She can also be a slight disaster zone, especially clumsiness, and some of the situations she gets into are hilarious. 

Summer at Rose Island is a fabulously sweet and cosy romance, that has plenty of funny moments, and a great sense of small town belonging to it. I feel as though its a fantastic way to start reading summery books for the hopefully upcoming better weather! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

Happy Publication Day to Holly Martin. Summer at Rose Island is out now. 

About The Author

Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine's competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.


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1 comment:

  1. What a lovely review- should be posting mine a bit later.


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