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Blog Tour + Review: Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

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Title: Summer at Rose IslandSummer at Rose Island cover

Series: White Cliff Bay #3

Author: Holly Martin

Publisher: Bookouture

Published: May 13th, 2016


Rating: 5/5

My Review

This is another of those stories where my advice is don’t read what I’ve written, just get yourself a copy of this delightful novel! It is the third novel set in White Cliff Bay – the earlier two are Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cove – and I have loved escaping into all three of them. In this story, Darcy Davenport has returned to live in the seaside resort she used to visit as a child. She has happy memories of visiting and staying with her Aunt, an artist and the person who encouraged her to follow her dreams. This is in complete contrast to her domineering parents for whom Darcy can do nothing right. They are overbearing and critical of every aspect of her life, blaming her whenever anything goes wrong in her life.

She’s found herself a job and moved to White Cliff Bay area in an effort to escape their condemnation and to return to somewhere she has very happy memories of staying. The story concerns her integration into this delightful community, her part in the battle to save the Rose Island Lighthouse building and her interactions with the person who owned the lighthouse before it was compulsorily purchased by the council, Riley Eddison. He’s escaping turmoil of his own and craves the solitude of his ancestral family home, the lighthouse, and certainly didn’t anticipate the council compulsory purchase order taking it from him with the intention of demolishing it. Nor has he anticipated the mermaid swimming to his shore and stealing his heart! Add in the mystery subject of one of her Aunt’s paintings, superb marine life and her new job and you just know you’ve a great read in store! You’ll also discover the significance of the ammonites in the story, too!2016-05-30 23.11.23

There are some highly talented authors who make people and places so believable you really wish you could go to live in their created community – and Holly Martin and her White Cliff Bay is one such community. Her emotive writing paints vivid images in the reader’s mind, bringing to life their characters, locations and scenarios. It feels like you could walk down to the Harbour, greeting the familiar characters as you pass them… The battle to save the focal point of the community, the angst and turmoil experienced by Darcy as she settles in to the community and her new job make enthralling reading. The development of the romance is well paced and believable though the obstacles in their path seem insurmountable at times.  

Whilst it is the third novel in the series, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone, too. I could imagine enjoying reading this on the beach – but I actually thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst relaxing in my garden at home, I believe it is the rare kind of novel that you’ll just enjoy wherever you read it.  Go on, give yourself a treat and escape to enjoy Summer at Rose Island!

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Star Crossed Tours for providing the additional materials for this post and an ARC of the novel in exchange for this, my honest review.



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.

Links:  Goodreads    |    Amazon.co.uk    |   Amazon.com 

About The AuthorHolly Martin

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.

Author Links:  Website   |   Twitter     |   Facebook    |   GoodReads   |    Amazon Page 

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Many thanks to all at Star Crossed Tours for organising this tour and providing materials for this post and gifting me an ARC of the novel for me to review. The review is my own honest opinion. 


2 comments on “Blog Tour + Review: Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

  1. Christine
    June 2, 2016

    This looks like a sweet change of pacer, Elaine. Love your review. Bookouture sure puts out high quality stuff!!


    • bicted
      June 2, 2016

      Thanks, Christine, and I have to agree, I haven’t had a book from them yet that wasn’t an enthralling read worthy of at least 4* – and some like this one an easy 5* delightful, memorable, well written and with brilliantly believable characters! Love reading books by this author, they’re great to escape into 🙂


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