Saturday, 29 September 2018

Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #BlogBlitz @bookouture #Review

I'm thrilled to be sharing my review for the wonderful Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin as part of the blog blitz today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

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.

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Do you ever need to put your feet up and just completely immerse yourself in a book? I know I do and Coming Home to Maple Cottage was the perfect story for me to do this with!

Right from the beginning I loved the interactions between Leo and Isla especially the chemistry between them. Then of course add in Elliot which made it pretty perfect especially as small children can say the funniest things! I really enjoyed their family dynamic along with hoping that they would get their happy ever after. There was a great balance of humour and emotion throughout this book creating such a well rounded story. 

I think that the friendship and love that is shown in this book really makes the reader connect with the characters. Even though there is romance there are so many more layers to the story too which made it a real joy to read! There is a bit of drama, some family issues and a whole lot of love that flows through the pages making it such a beautiful read.

A story with a big heart, warmth and love. A truly uplifting experience!

With thanks to Kim at Bookouture for my copy via Netgalley.

I live in a little white cottage overlooking the sea. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I 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 me a lot of time to plan out my stories and I now write full time, doing what I love.
I have been writing for 6 years. I was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance 2012. My short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology in 2013. I won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with my novel The Guestbook. I was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.
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