Thursday, 12 April 2018

Book Review - The Holiday Cottage By The Sea by Holly Martin - Blog Tour

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Title:  The Holiday Cottage By The Sea
Author: Holly Martin
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 12th April 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

The perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Tori Graham is in need of a holiday. Trying to piece her heart back together after losing the love of her life, she escapes to Blossom Cottage, with its picturesque views of the sea. And plans to spend the summer in gorgeous Sandcastle Bay, where her best friend Melody Rosewood lives.

Tori’s not expecting her summer by the beach to be eventful, until she meets handsome and mysterious Aidan Jackson…

Aidan looks after the holiday cottage Tori is staying in. Healing from past hurts, he wants to avoid any further chance of heartache. But could this newcomer be the breath of fresh air he needs?

Finding herself embracing life in the coastal community, Tori starts to fall in love with Sandcastle Bay and its welcoming cast of residents. But that’s not all she begins to fall for, as Tori is swept away by Aidan’s genuine heart and mischievous sense of humour. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will a simple holiday romance be enough?

As Tori’s stay in Sandcastle Bay comes to an end she has a tough decision to make…. Has her heart found a new place to call home?

Utterly enchanted by this incredibly romantic story, set in a picturesque location, full of characters with really interesting jobs..... it can only have been written by one of the queens of rom coms - Holly Martin! 

I devoured this book and despite not being that keen on fruit, even I wanted to taste the heartberries that were being harvested by the end of the book. 

The banter between Aidan and Tori is hilarious and although you sort of know what the ending will be, I never mind when I am taken on such an enjoyable journey to reach that stage.  Although what you wouldn't predict is the level of meddling Aidan's aunt Agatha enjoys! 

Agatha is utterly hilarious, and she gives Tori all manner of supplies for her first date with Aidan, that you wouldn't expect anyone to just happen to have in their handbag, let alone hand over in a pub to a relative stranger. I was laughing my head off at that scene,  and then it got even better! 

Agatha also a hand in the henna that Tori has on her back, but even I couldn't believe what the design was. Again revealed in a classic scene that is incredibly amusing. 

I loved the names of the places in this book, Sandcastle Bay, Blossom Cottage,  The Cherry on Top cafe,  all which evoke a certain feel to them just from their names alone.  So incredibly creative.  I also loved Tori's two best friends and I am predicting each of their stories may get told in future books this year from Holly Martin. 

Oh and I haven't even mentioned the animals in this book, Beauty, Beast and Dobby which are nothing like their namesakes.  Dobby is the first we are introduced to, and let's just say he is not typical of his species and is a great little character in his own right.  Beast and his girlfriend Beauty make a lovely couple, and produce a mixture of funny moments and awww moments. 

From the first page this book captured my heart, and I read it in one sitting, completely absorbed by Holly Martin's excellent writing style and story telling. Once again I am astounded by all the small touches that make you really believe in the couple at the heart of the story.   I would without a doubt highly recommend The Holiday Cottage by the Sea. 

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

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