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Series: Sandcastle Bay #3
Title: Coming Home To Maple Cottage
Author: Holly Martin
Published: September 28th, 2018
I’ve loved the earlier books in this series so was really anticipating this one – and I wasn’t disappointed! Mind you, with this talented author, I really didn’t expect anything but the best. What a fantastic addition to the series it is, I just didn’t want to put it down. From the very start I was whisked back to Sandcastle Bay with all its fascinating and fantastic characters and I didn’t want to leave until all the turmoil had been resolved.
The focus for this story are Isla Rosewood, her nephew Elliot and Leo Jackson. Isla moved to the seaside community after the tragic death of her brother Matthew to raise her nephew, giving up her career and home in London. She’s consistently being helped by Leo, Elliot’s godfather who was also Matthew’s best friend – and someone she had a memorable night with when she came to Elliot’s christening several years ago. Leo is now Isla’s best friend, too, and he keeps asking her to marry him but she keeps refusing. The two are very much in love with each other and also love Elliot, but Isla refuses to marry for convenience, she wants to marry someone who truly loves her and her nephew. Leo does love her but doesn’t feel worthy of Isla and is reticent to admit his feelings as he feels too guilty. Can the two ever admit their feelings and give their love a chance? When someone they thought had left for ever, their chance of forming a family together look seriously in danger, only by supporting and working together can they hope to succeed.
As the complicated situation gets even more tangled there’s plenty of angst and turmoil, along with meddling relatives, to keep you guessing – and Leo’s aunt will have you laughing, too! The well developed characters will have you chuckling, anxious, grinning, worried and so much more on this emotional roller coaster read. It is another fantastic romance, this time with added suspense, and is an enthralling, highly entertaining read. I loved it and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending it and everything else I’ve read by this superbly talented author. Whilst I particularly enjoyed being able to reconnect with the characters from earlier books in the series, I suspect that this could also be read and enjoyed as a standalone – but the other stories are great, too, so I recommend reading them all!
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…
Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.
Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.
As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.
But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?
A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.
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.
Follow her on Twitter @hollymartin00