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Title: Summer at Buttercup Beach
Author: Holly Martin
Published: June 29th, 2017
When I consider what I want from a great read, this story certainly ticks all the boxes!
☑ Great setting – Hope Island and Buttercup Beach
☑ Brilliant, easy to relate to characters
☑ Enthralling plot with plenty of twists and turns
☑ Highly talented author – well this is by Holly Martin, so that goes without saying – she’s superb!
☑Loved reading it!
Anyone who has already read the first book set on this island, ‘Spring at Blueberry Bay’ will be familiar with many of the characters in this book, and it was great to catch up on what is happening in their lives. Having said that, I don’t think you need to have read that one to appreciate this – though it is also another brilliant read so I also recommend that one!
This one focusses on Rome Lancaster, a talented glassworker, who set up his business after the tragic death of his fiancée six years ago. He’d been in a bad place emotionally until the heartbroken Freya Greene came to the island after catching her now ex-fiancé being unfaithful; that was two years ago. She ended up staying on the island and working with Rome, becoming a skilled glassworker and helping expand the business by promoting its web based presence, including posting images of Rome working without his shirt on! The two are now best friends but she dreams of being more, acknowledging she’s in love with him. He, however, is unsure of his feelings and reticent to spoil their friendship by taking a chance on becoming more than friends. This is a “will they”/“won’t they” friends to lovers romance that keeps you guessing right to the end, with angst, turmoil and humour along the way!
I thoroughly enjoyed journeying via this story to Hope Island and visiting the people who live and love there. It is a heart warming tale of a small community where everyone knows everyone else and really cares about each other – though sometimes they’re rather nosey! I loved escaping into this page-turner and have absolutely no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending this book (and all the others I’ve read by this amazing author)!
Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air…
For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…
Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.
Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?
Fall in love on Hope Island with the perfect romantic story to escape into this summer. For fans of Miranda Dickinson, Sarah Morgan and Jane Costello.