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The stunning new summer story from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Step into the delightful seaside village of Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover golden sand, welcoming smiles and an unforgettable romance…
Title: The Cottage on Sunshine Beach
Author: Holly Martin
Published: June 22nd, 2018
This truly is a delightful seaside romantic comedy, with great characters, an idyllic community and plenty of twists and turns to keep you enthralled. There are a plethora of laugh out loud moments throughout this heartwarming story during which jewellery maker Melody Rosewood learns to laugh at her catastrophic dating disasters thanks to the highly talented – and handsome – sculptor, Jamie Jackson. As these two artists venture from great friends to explore the possibilities of being more, the local community will include characters who are determined to get involved, with additional humorous impacts. For added adorability, there are puppies galore and their escapades are simply hilarious, especially at their disastrous obedience training class.
This is the second book in the series and involves many of the same characters. Holly Martin describes events so well she brings them vividly to life in the imagination of the reader. The close knit community, their notorious characters and support are all key to this endearing story and series. I believe it works as a standalone but have to say that both stories are brilliantly written so I recommend reading them both! For everyone who has already read the first story in the series, “The Holiday Cottage by the Sea“, this story gives you the opportunity to catch up on Aidan and Tori – and their witnessed special event in the cave, which definitely had me giggling! I’m really hoping that the next book in this series will feature Leo and Isla finally getting together and I can’t wait to read it!
Well, in case you haven’t gathered, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for a superbly crafted romantic comedy to escape into. Holly Martin is one of my go-to authors and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by her. This story would be ideal to read whilst relaxing on the beach – or whilst dreaming of being able to do so! I certainly didn’t want to put it down until I’d finished and am already looking forward to being able to read future stories in this series.
I requested and was given a copy of this novel via NetGalley. I chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so.
Melody Rosewood loves her new home in idyllic Sandcastle Bay. The beautiful little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach, with its bright yellow door and view of the sea has captured her heart. And she loves being close by to her family and best friend Tori Graham.
Life by the sea is pretty much perfect, there’s just one thing missing…
Gorgeous Jamie Jackson, with his cheeky grin and adorable puppy, works as a sculptor opposite Melody’s jewellery shop. From the moment he and Melody meet sparks fly. But despite their instant attraction, a past heartache is holding Jamie back.
As Melody starts to make a life for herself in the close-knit, quirky seaside community, she realises Jamie could be the one for her. But as the two of them take a chance on romance, it’s one dating disaster after another. Are they destined to always be just good friends?
Or will Melody finally find her happily-ever-after in Sandcastle Bay?
A perfect, feel-good summer read that will make you want to escape to the beach for a romantic day in the sun. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.
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
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