Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Book Review - Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

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Title: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
Author: Sarah Bennett
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 26th June 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

A second chance by the sea?
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.

But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!

Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…

Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

Chapter 1 captured my attention, and had me really, really disliking Neil from the outset, while feeling sorry for Kiki. Chapter 2 reminded me quite quickly about the bones of the story from book 1 just by mentioning certain key things, which is always helpful in a series, to feel right at home in the next book as quickly as possible. 

Although the continuation of Mia and Daniel’s story is present in this second book, the book is actually about Kiki, one of Mia’s sisters and Aaron, Daniel’s best friend. Kiki is taking the scariest step in her life and trying to escape a horrific marriage, and Aaron offers her a house to stay in not far from Butterfly Cove and her sister. 

I was only a few chapters in when the thought struck me that this book had far more emotional depth in it than I was perhaps expecting, and it was made all the richer for it. Kiki has had a very tough time and Aaron is just what she needs, even if neither of them can see it for themselves. 
Aaron is a man who takes in not just Kiki but her two children too, does everything he can to be the opposite of Neil, and to make them all feel welcome in his new home. There are some lovely sweet touches from him, some great gestures and Aaron also goes on a journey of self-discovery after a few home truths are pointed out to him. 

This is the second story set in the gorgeous location of Butterfly Cove, and could be read as a standalone. However I am so glad that I have read both books in this series by talented author Sarah Bennett, whose writing seems to be going from strength to strength, and that’s just after two books. 

I was simply unable to put down Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove for even a second, and read it, in one sitting. I lost track of time while reading it, as I was so absorbed, while feeling very pleased I was able to return to such a great cast of characters, in a setting where I felt even more welcome second time around. 

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

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