**BLOG TOUR** The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin

13th April 2018

What the publisher says:

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?


What I say:

I love a good romance and comedy and I found both in this book by Holly Martin.  Tori arrives in Sandcastle Bay with the intention of catching up with old friends and taking a breather from her hectic life in London.

Within minutes of arriving in Sandcastle Bay she is made to realise just how different her life is about to be when her car is surrounded by a herd of sheep.  The reason being, according to a passing couple, that it is Saturday.

Once she has discovered the local cafe Tori begins to meet more of the local characters, including Aiden Jackson.  Aiden is wary of being involved seriously again after he was hurt and Tori is also recovering from her own, secret, pain.  Neither wants to be involved with anyone at the moment but will the magic of the Heartberries work for them.

Not content with sharing the romance between Tori and Aiden, Holly also gives us details about other potential couples in the village widening out the story and taking it away from anything too predictable.  I expect these couples will star in their own stories soon.

This was a book which caused me to smile, chuckle, sigh with frustration and keep reading past my bedtime.  The characters are fun and believable which makes the story fun and easy to follow. Throw in Beast and Dobby as animal side kicks and the adorable 5 year old Elliot and this is a charming read.  With touches of humour but also deep and meaningful talks between the characters as they bare their souls this book has it all

I definitely recommend this one


Rating 5 out of 5



About the author: 
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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