Saturday, 14 April 2018

Review | The Holiday Cottage by the Sea ~ Holly Martin

The Holiday Cottage by the Sea
Holly Martin
April 2018



The new book from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Escape to Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover a charming little seaside village brimming with heart-warming friendships, quirky characters and plenty of sunshine.

The perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Tori Graham is in need of a holiday. Trying to piece her heart back together after losing the love of her life, she escapes to Blossom Cottage, with its picturesque views of the sea. And plans to spend the summer in gorgeous Sandcastle Bay, where her best friend Melody Rosewood lives.

Tori’s not expecting her summer by the beach to be eventful, until she meets handsome and mysterious Aidan Jackson…

Aidan looks after the holiday cottage Tori is staying in. Healing from past hurts, he wants to avoid any further chance of heartache. But could this newcomer be the breath of fresh air he needs?

Finding herself embracing life in the coastal community, Tori starts to fall in love with Sandcastle Bay and its welcoming cast of residents. But that’s not all she begins to fall for, as Tori is swept away by Aidan’s genuine heart and mischievous sense of humour. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will a simple holiday romance be enough?

As Tori’s stay in Sandcastle Bay comes to an end she has a tough decision to make…. Has her heart found a new place to call home?


I absolutely adore Holly Martin and her books, so when I was asked if I would review her latest book, The Holiday Cottage by the Sea, as part of her blog blitz, I couldn't resist.

The story sees Tori head away for a couple of wees to see her best friend Melody. Melody and her sister Isla moved away when their family circumstances suddenly changed after the death of their brother, Matthew.
Tori has secured herself a cute little cottage to stay in on a fruit farm, and in return she is to help the owner, Aidan, pick the legendary Heartberry fruit. I'm not going to explain this as I really won't do the Heartberry Festival and the history behind it any justice, so you are just going to have to read the book!

As soon as Tori arrives shes is faced with sheep, a runaway turkey and Agatha - who for me was the stand out secondary character with her old lady wit and wild romantic predictions - she really needs her own book and I can't wait to read more about her meddling ways in Holly's next story!!

Once Tori and Aidan meet the attraction is instant, however both have had their hearts broken before and Tori is keeping a secret from Melody and Isla about her relationship with Matthew.

As with all Holly's books, The Holiday Cottage by the Sea, and Sandcastle Bay are settings that you simply lose yourself within. Their picturesque landscapes are beautifully described and on more than one occasion I felt like I was there as I was reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Holiday Cottage by the Sea. Holly introduced us perfectly to the sub characters, Matthew's son Elliot is a dream and I can't wait to find out more about Jaime and Leo - Aidan's brothers - and their relationships with Melody and Isla as well as catching up with Tori, Aiden, Beauty and Beast (their dogs) and of course the other characters which make Sandcastle Bay a community I would happily visit.

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