Monday, June 25, 2018

BLOG BLITZ - The Cottage on Sunshine Beach

I am only to glad to be participating in the blog blitz for the delightful Holly Martin.

The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin

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The stunning new summer story from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Step into the delightful seaside village of Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover golden sand, welcoming smiles and an unforgettable romance…

Melody Rosewood loves her new home in idyllic Sandcastle Bay. The beautiful little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach, with its bright yellow door and view of the sea has captured her heart. And she loves being close by to her family and best friend Tori Graham.

Life by the sea is pretty much perfect, there’s just one thing missing…

Gorgeous Jamie Jackson, with his cheeky grin and adorable puppy, works as a sculptor opposite Melody’s jewellery shop. From the moment he and Melody meet sparks fly. But despite their instant attraction, a past heartache is holding Jamie back.

As Melody starts to make a life for herself in the close-knit, quirky seaside community, she realises Jamie could be the one for her. But as the two of them take a chance on romance, it’s one dating disaster after another. Are they destined to always be just good friends?

Or will Melody finally find her happily-ever-after in Sandcastle Bay?

A perfect, feel-good summer read that will make you want to escape to the beach for a romantic day in the sun. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

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


My rating: 4.5 Stars  

What a delight it was to step into the village to be among friends at Sandcastle Bay. Melody Rosewood is quite pleased with her new home, her gorgeous little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach. She is back among dear family and her wonderful best friend Tori Graham. Her jewelry shop is coming along quite nicely, and she couldn't be happier. Well, with the exception of Jamie Jackson. Every time she sees him her heart leaps into her chest. Oh my, but she is head over heels. Will she ever be able to even ask him out on a date, never mind telling him how she feels?

Jamie been hurt and rejected. He loves Melody to distraction, but he will never allow their close friendship to pass that boundary because of the pain that in his heart. I love when his friend and workmate Klaus says to him, "Avoiding relationships doesn't mean avoiding love, you can't stop yourself from feeling that." Can Melody show him what he has been missing, that love is indeed a wonderful thing? It is obvious that they are made for each other. Every day they walk to work together with their sibling puppies and talk for hours, but a relationship, he doesn't think it is possible.

This romance in this story is  absolutely wonderful. Our dear, sweet Melody is a klutz, and that fact screws up their first few dates. But, since Jamie has finally committed to trying for a relationship with Melody, the bumbling events that occur on the dates do not put Jamie off at all. Then there is the village, a close-knit community, one that knows everything going on - no matter how personal, how sensitive. Oh the humor there!

The Cottage on Sunshine Beach is romantic, oh-so-spicy and truly hilarious. The book often made me laugh out loud. For example, when Melody's 5-year-old nephew Elliot speaks of his "sex", er "sax" lessons at school, mispronouncing the word, shocking both his mom and his aunt. Also, there is a wonderful sensitive nature to the story. Factor in that they both have such adorable puppies and that goes a long way into making this a true keeper. I am new to Holly Martin, but she will definitely go on my "to buy" list. Her writing style is truly engaging, making this a very quick read.

Many thanks to Holly Martin, Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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