It’s a while since I’ve read a Holly Martin book for some reason. I’ve read quite a few before and always enjoyed them. This one was published a few years ago but as I’ve just finished listening to it on audiobook, I thought I’d share a quick review.
About the book
The new book from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Escape to Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover a charming little seaside village brimming with heart-warming friendships, quirky characters and plenty of sunshine.
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?
I really enjoyed my trip to Blossom Cottage at the seaside with Tori Graham and meeting the residents of Sandcastle Bay. The growing friendship between Tori and Aidan was lovely to read about and I’ll never look at elbows the same way again! Wise old Aunt Agatha is certainly a memorable character and people really should listen to her romantic predictions in my opinion.
I enjoyed the community spirit in the book and the traditions around the heart-berries which Aidan grew on his farm. Sandcastle Bay was home to a close-knit, supportive community but still willing to be open and welcoming to newcomers such as Tori. There’s a lot about friendship in the book too especially between Tori, Melody and Isla. Although Tori had been keeping some poignant secrets from her friends which come out in the course of the book.
The audiobook was narrated by Penny Scott-Andrews and I very much enjoyed her narration. She gave each character a distinct voice and really brought them to life for me.
The Holiday Cottage by the Sea is sweet, funny, sexy and so romantic. I really enjoyed it and will definitely not be leaving it so long to read (or listen to) another Holly Martin book. I’ll be having a look at the other books in this series too to find out more about the characters I’ve come to know in this book and see if any more of Aunt Agatha’s predictions come true!
The Holiday Cottage by the Sea is published in ebook by Bookouture
and in paperback by Sphere. The audiobook is from WF Howes.
About the Author
Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 8 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. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.
Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor