Synopsis: 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?
My Rating: 5/5
My Review: Holly Martin has never failed to leave me anything sort of ecstatic after reading her books. Having recently taken a bit of a step back from reading and reviewing I have found myself choosing what to read at leisure and in some cases going back over older books. I came across this on my Kindle and assumed I had read it, until I checked and to my horror realised there were in fact two books by Holly Martin I hadn’t read. Now I do recall reading Coming Home to Maple Cottage which is set in the same place (maybe the cause for my confusion). However, as soon as I realised I hadn’t read this I got stick straight in….and I’m so glad I did.
February is traditionally a rubbish month as the weather is normally gloomy so to immerse myself in a fictional world such as this was just what the Doctor ordered. Sandcastle Bay is a great place (I now this as I read the other book) and I actually knew who Tori was which was a bonus. However for the newcomer that makes no difference as we see Tori visit her friends who are sisters Melody and Isla. Tori’s plan is just to spend a couple of weeks there and as part of the package she gets to stay at Blossom Cottage in return from some Berry picking. Sounds simple!
Tori’s journey into the village sets the tone and had me laughing at the way she is chased into a cafe by a turkey. The second best thing about this book was Agatha who had me laughing from the very beginning. So we meet Tori and her friends Isla and Melody both of whom already live in Sandcastle Bay. We also meet other villagers (some of whom readers of the other two books may recognise). Aidan is the person who Tori is renting the cottage from and when she sees how attractive he is, she wonders whether she has bitten off more than she can chew.
Come may say stories like these are predictable, and maybe in some respects they are right. BUT….I would loathe a book like this to throw me a curve ball. I read these sorts of books as a pick me up and to cheer my day. Holly Martin NEVER fails to do that and this book is a prime example of that. Romance, humour, a real feel-good book and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I now intend to scour through my books and ensure I am not missing any more of these hidden gems.