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Title: Spring at Blueberry Bay
Author: Holly Martin
Published: April 7th, 2017
Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…
Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…
But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.
Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?
If you enjoy brilliant, emotive romances, don’t bother reading my review, read this book instead! IMHO this is another winner from Holly Martin – her books come to life in the imagination of the reader with superb settings, believable characters and intricate plots that keep the reader enthralled and entertained as they escape into a fantastic romance. I loved this story!
The story starts when a wealthy CEO goes undercover to help select the most caring candidate for the post of homeless charity events manager and discovers that one of the candidates is so kind and trusting she’ll invite a stranger into her home, sharing the last of her food and offering him the opportunity to get clean and have somewhere to sleep for the night. The two enjoy talking for hours and really click. However, he doesn’t reveal his true identity even when he returns to visit again the following night. With a huge secret like that, her past history of being loved and left and even more secrets to be revealed will they stand any chance of achieving their HEA together?
This story has it all – a close community, problematic childhood experiences, trust issues and even a devastating fire! The characters are so brilliantly portrayed they feel like people you actually know and both dogs are also fantastic. The plot has many twists and turns, keeping the reader enthralled in the glorious setting and events. This is a real page-turner and I didn’t want to put it down till the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this start to a new series and can’t wait to read future stories in this series and others by this author in future. Absolutely no hesitation from me about highly recommending this and all the other books I’ve previously read by this highly talented 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 7 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.
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