Saturday, April 25, 2020

BLOG TOUR - Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay

Today I am pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay by Holly Martin.


Fall in love with the beautiful Jewel Island this summer, where the sapphire sea sparkles, the golden sun warms your skin and the islanders melt your heart. From the bestselling author of The Little Village of Happiness comes Holly Martin’s most romantic novel yet.

Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.

A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.

Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.

As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever… 

Title:   Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay
Author:  Holly Martin
Series:  Jewel Island #1
Genre:   Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   308
Date of Publication:   April 24, 2020
My Rating:   4 Stars


Aria Phillips never left Jewel Island, even managing a struggling hotel after her father's death. Her sisters Clover and Skye left a long time ago, but they are back now while the future of the hotel is uncertain. Even though there are very few guests, Despite everything, Aria is putting plans forward for the annual Festival of Lights. However, what Aria and her sisters don't know is that despite all of their work, there are plans in place that could cost them their hotel.

There is one guest at the hotel that causes Aria's heart to flutter, Noah Campbell. He is rich beyond reason due to buying and completely revamping hotels. What's more is that he and Aria have a connection that could definitely bode well for their future. However, with all the changes taking place, Aria has made it her aim to keep things professional. Will she manage to do that?

In this touching story by Holly Martin family means everything. I love the bond between Aria and her sisters. All the while the romance that bloomed between Aria and Noah was quite touching. Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay is the first book in the Jewel Island series. As much as I loved Aria and Noah finding their chance at happiness, I look forward to Clover and Skye finding the opportunity to do the same.

Many thanks to Holly Martin for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


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.


  1. This looks like a good book.

  2. What a pretty cover! Glad you enjoyed it

  3. Looks like a sweet little book - glad you found it

  4. This sounds lovely. I haven't read her work in a little while, need to correct that. Great review.

  5. a sweet read and a sweet cover/title

  6. I love reading family focused stories every once in a while. The cover lured me in and you wrote a great review. Thanks for sharing!