Thursday, 2 February 2017

Book Review - Sunrise at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

Amazon UK
Title: Sunrise at Butterfly Cove
Author: Sarah Bennett
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 7th February 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

A year of taking chances…

After a nightmare year, Mia Sutherland is hoping for a fresh start! She’s putting the past behind her and pouring all her savings into renovating a crumbling guesthouse in peaceful Butterfly Cove. Nothing will distract her from achieving her dreams!

That is, until her very first guest, Daniel Fitzwilliam arrives – quite possibly, the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. He’s only here for a week, but already Daniel has turned her world upside-down. And as the tide turns, it’s clear that Butterfly Cove has more than one surprise in store for Mia…

Butterfly Cove is a stunning setting that clearly has restorative qualities, as Mia and Daniel both find themselves thoroughly at home there despite difficulties in their recent past. The cove and area really is as pretty as the cover makes it seem, and I believe in summer the sky and sea will be as vibrant a blue, and the grass will be a very bright green. 

However most of the story in this first book in the Butterfly Cove trilogy takes place in the winter and spring, and it really is a charming story, of friendship between a man and woman, who both really could do without added complications as they grow closer. 

Mia moves to Butterfly Cove to set up a guesthouse, after her husband dies suddenly, she needs a fresh start and has started to renovate her new property in order to open her guest house. She has two sisters one with rather large problems, and her childhood wasn't particularly happy, and we get to see all about those two circumstances as the book progresses. 

Daniel was a famous photographer, who is now burnt out, he jumped on a train away from London and ended up on a local train from Exeter where he meets Madeline, who gives him a lift to Mia's guesthouse despite it not being ready yet. 

They work out a mutually acceptable arrangement and from this moment on Daniel became one of my favourite characters and was bordering on book boyfriend territory. He is wonderful and seems to really understand Mia, and the need for anything that may develop between them to move incredibly slowly. 

It is a sweet story of friendship, and not just Mia and Daniel's but also of family. Not the most conventional families but of family feel of friends, and how they would do anything for one another. Daniel's two best friends are lovely boys and Madeline, with her husband become like surrogate parents for any of the various waifs she seems to be collecting at Butterfly Cove. 

There is a lovely warm and cosy feel to this book, and it does contain a very sweet slow building romance, as well as some wonderful plans for the guest house. It is an enjoyable debut novel, and I am already looking forward to my next trip to Butterfly Cove in the summer. 

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

No comments:

Post a comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...