The Cottage on Sunshine Beach
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?

The Cottage on Sunshine Beach Details

TitleThe Cottage on Sunshine Beach
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 22nd, 2018
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

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The Cottage on Sunshine Beach Review

  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Bright Sunshiny Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5Bump this up half a star because this book still is making me smile 😀 this book has my favorite word in the title SUNSHINE and to make it even better it also has beach and cottage... how could I possibly go wrong? Additionally it is written by the brilliant Holly Martin! And to top it all off it is set in beautiful and charming Seashell Cove... I am SO visiting there and when I do I am hoping I meet each and every character in this delightful book....This is the 4.5 Bright Sunshiny Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5Bump this up half a star because this book still is making me smile 😀 this book has my favorite word in the title SUNSHINE and to make it even better it also has beach and cottage... how could I possibly go wrong? Additionally it is written by the brilliant Holly Martin! And to top it all off it is set in beautiful and charming Seashell Cove... I am SO visiting there and when I do I am hoping I meet each and every character in this delightful book....This is the second book in the series, however you could read it as a standalone... it was so much fun to revisit these quirky characters and this time around we got Melody and Jamie’s story... but no worries we got a fair dose of Aiden and Tori along with Leo and Isla.... and I cannot forget adorable Elliot! I would so love to go to a barbecue with all of these fabulous characters and watch one of Elliotts famous magnificent magic shows.... well now I think I’ve invited myself to Seashell Cove twice... probably three times i’m sure I did so in my review of the first book as well....Jamie and Melody’s romance got off to a bit of a rocky start... that is unless you think poisoning your date on the first date is a good thing? And that wasn’t the only date disaster, I have to say I did get some good laughs out of these tragic dates! Fortunately these two have a sense of humor... and as the romance progressed I found it very sweet with a bit of sizzle.... isn’t always easy to navigate a new relationship in a small town where everybody knows everything about everybody....Just loved so many things about this book! loved Melody’s jewelry... loved Jamie’s unusual sculptures... and there is a scene in this book involving fairy lights and a cave that is just hilariously amazing! A lovely book full of romance and charm... that will leave you with a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart😍Absolutely recommend to people who love a good romantic comedy, quirky characters, and sunshine!🌞*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this delightful book ***
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  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    I am so excited to be on the blog blitz for The Cottage on Sunshine Beach today!We’re back at the idyllic Sandcastle Bay and I couldn’t be happier to be reunited with this cast of characters – Tori, Aidan, Melody, Jamie, Isla, and Leo – it’s like meeting up with old friends. I still want to move there or at least visit the beaches and go to all their fun traditional events including the sandcastle making contest which is highlighted in this book.This second book in the series takes a closer look I am so excited to be on the blog blitz for The Cottage on Sunshine Beach today!We’re back at the idyllic Sandcastle Bay and I couldn’t be happier to be reunited with this cast of characters – Tori, Aidan, Melody, Jamie, Isla, and Leo – it’s like meeting up with old friends. I still want to move there or at least visit the beaches and go to all their fun traditional events including the sandcastle making contest which is highlighted in this book.This second book in the series takes a closer look at Melody and Jamie, and their blooming friendship. Will they take it to the next level? Will they finally get out of the friend zone? Jamie was especially close to my heart as a fellow animal lover – he has four pet dogs and, get this, a pet turkey, mostly named after Harry Potter characters. How charming is that?There’s something so refreshing and lovely about a Holly Martin book – I have recently been seeing the term “Up Lit” (thanks Jan B!) and that is what you will find here – an uplifting tale, this one full of romance, love, and finding true happiness. There are some also some steamy scenes, and a lot of laughter as well.I love how Holly Martin keeps it real in her books – not everything is sunshine and rainbows – this is real life and love isn’t perfect. There are plenty of road bumps along the way and issues that need ironed out. We all come with baggage. No one is perfect.I absolutely recommend Holly Martin’s books to fellow lovers of romance!A huge thank you to Holly Martin and Bookouture for including me on this blog blitz with so many other lovely fellow reviewers.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4 sunshiny stars to The Cottage on Sunshine Beach!☀☀☀☀I was so excited to return to Sandcastle Bay for Melody’s story! Holly Martin has me all-in with this series! Melody has a new cottage on Sunshine Beach in quaint, picturesque Sandcastle Bay. She lives close to her best friend, Tori, who was introduced during the first installment in the series. Melody’s life is pretty full and happy, but she finds herself missing having someone to share it with. Enter Jamie. He and Melody work across the str 4 sunshiny stars to The Cottage on Sunshine Beach!☀️☀️☀️☀️I was so excited to return to Sandcastle Bay for Melody’s story! Holly Martin has me all-in with this series! Melody has a new cottage on Sunshine Beach in quaint, picturesque Sandcastle Bay. She lives close to her best friend, Tori, who was introduced during the first installment in the series. Melody’s life is pretty full and happy, but she finds herself missing having someone to share it with. Enter Jamie. He and Melody work across the street from each other and are friends first, but their feelings begin to flourish. While it would not be fun to experience first-hand, the ongoing dating disasters of Melody and Jamie had me giggling at times. Through these trials, they have to decide if it’s worth it to be together, or should they remain friends. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach is an uplifting, easy, funny, endearing, and warm-hearted read, just perfect for summer! What’s not to love? I am already excited to see who we meet in the next book! Highly recommended for rom com fans.Thanks to Bookouture for the copy. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach publishes tomorrow/June 22, 2018! My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: June 22, 2018 Genre: Chick Lit Actual Rating: 3.5-4 starsThis book is everything I expect from a Holly Martin novel- cute, fun, romantic, and 100% sweet. I am never disappointed in her novels and don't think I ever will be. If you have read her last release, you will notice that the characters from that book play a role in this one. This is an interconnected series of standalones. PS: I don't have a lot to say about this one because it follows the same pattern as her other book Release Date: June 22, 2018 Genre: Chick Lit Actual Rating: 3.5-4 starsThis book is everything I expect from a Holly Martin novel- cute, fun, romantic, and 100% sweet. I am never disappointed in her novels and don't think I ever will be. If you have read her last release, you will notice that the characters from that book play a role in this one. This is an interconnected series of standalones. PS: I don't have a lot to say about this one because it follows the same pattern as her other books so this is a mini review.
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  • Melissa Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love Holly Martin’s novels; they are the perfect stories to sit on a lounger with during these Summer months. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach was no exception.While I have to admit that I found this story a touch slow at the beginning, the plot picked up at around 25% though and I found myself grinning the rest of the way through the novel; chuckling every now and again. It is possible that I stayed up entirely too late one night just so that I could finish the story and see how it en I absolutely love Holly Martin’s novels; they are the perfect stories to sit on a lounger with during these Summer months. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach was no exception.While I have to admit that I found this story a touch slow at the beginning, the plot picked up at around 25% though and I found myself grinning the rest of the way through the novel; chuckling every now and again. It is possible that I stayed up entirely too late one night just so that I could finish the story and see how it ended.But it was the close-knit citizens of Sandcastle Bay that made The Cottage on Sunshine Beach a true gem. Even though this story focused on Melody and Jamie’s story, I thoroughly enjoyed each member of the community and their contributions to the book. My only dislike about the characterization was that Melody did get a bit annoying with her self-negativity after awhile.Overall, it appears that Holly Martin has once again captured my heart with this delightful novel. I can’t wait to go back and read the first book in this series, “The Holiday Cottage by the Sea.”
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    This truly is a delightful seaside romantic comedy, with great characters, an idyllic community and plenty of twists and turns to keep you enthralled. There are a plethora of laugh out loud moments throughout this heartwarming story during which jewellery maker Melody Rosewood learns to laugh at her catastrophic dating disasters thanks to the highly talented - and handsome - sculptor, Jamie Jackson. As these two artists venture from great friends to explore the possibilities of being more, the l This truly is a delightful seaside romantic comedy, with great characters, an idyllic community and plenty of twists and turns to keep you enthralled. There are a plethora of laugh out loud moments throughout this heartwarming story during which jewellery maker Melody Rosewood learns to laugh at her catastrophic dating disasters thanks to the highly talented - and handsome - sculptor, Jamie Jackson. As these two artists venture from great friends to explore the possibilities of being more, the local community will include characters who are determined to get involved, with additional humorous impacts. For added adorability, there are puppies galore and their escapades are simply hilarious, especially at their disastrous obedience training class.This is the second book in the series and involves many of the same characters. Holly Martin describes events so well she brings them vividly to life in the imagination of the reader. The close knit community, their notorious characters and support are all key to this endearing story and series.  I believe it works as a standalone but have to say that both stories are brilliantly written so I recommend reading them both! For everyone who has already read the first story in the series, "The Holiday Cottage by the Sea", this story gives you the opportunity to catch up on Aidan and Tori - and their witnessed special event in the cave, which definitely had me giggling! I'm really hoping that the next book in this series will feature Leo and Isla finally getting together and I can't wait to read it!Well, in case you haven't gathered, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for a superbly crafted romantic comedy to escape into. Holly Martin is one of my go-to authors and I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've read by her. This story would be ideal to read whilst relaxing on the beach - or whilst dreaming of being able to do so! I certainly didn't want to put it down until I'd finished and am already looking forward to being able to read future stories in this series.I requested and was given a copy of this novel via NetGalley. I chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    This book has some of the best scenes I have ever read in a book - such hilarity and the descriptions used were so clear that I could see them unfolding in front of my very eyes. Keep your eyes peeled for that scene in a cave, that scene in a supermarket aisle, that scene in puppy training class to name just 3 moments of absolute fabulousness. But really the whole book is packed full of gems, not just hilarious ones, but actual gemstones as Melody is a jewellery maker, so often has a variety of This book has some of the best scenes I have ever read in a book - such hilarity and the descriptions used were so clear that I could see them unfolding in front of my very eyes. Keep your eyes peeled for that scene in a cave, that scene in a supermarket aisle, that scene in puppy training class to name just 3 moments of absolute fabulousness. But really the whole book is packed full of gems, not just hilarious ones, but actual gemstones as Melody is a jewellery maker, so often has a variety of gems about! This is Melody and Jamie's story, who we first met in The Holiday Cottage by the Sea and I am so pleased we were able to meet them up close and personal. You don't need to have read book 1 to be able to read this but like all of Holly Martin's book it would be a shame to miss out. We get to catch up with Aidan and Tori, while still hoping that Leo and Isla get together which I have to presume will be the next book and one I'm already looking forward too.....now where was I, ah yes, singing the praises of The Cottage on Sunshine Beach which is another masterclass from Holly Martin in romantic comedy. There is romance, there is sizzling chemistry, there are two main characters with creative jobs that a re a bit different, there is fun, laughter, hidden depths to both characters, character development - and just generally a fabulous story line that will suck you in, and transport you to Sunshine Beach. I absolutely loved this book, the writing is fabulous, and I can't fault it other than I ran out of pages. This is another top class book from one of my favourite authors. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I adored the return visit to Sandcastle Bay. The characters now seem like old friends and they are all so wonderful. This book follows Melody and Jamie and willing them to take their lovely friendship to the next romantic level. They are so well suited, arty and a bit burnt by previous relationships.I could imagine myself in Sandcastle Bay and chatting to Melody in her lovely cottage. Everyone in the bay seems to have a puppy and I loved the scene with the first puppy class.We see the relationsh I adored the return visit to Sandcastle Bay. The characters now seem like old friends and they are all so wonderful. This book follows Melody and Jamie and willing them to take their lovely friendship to the next romantic level. They are so well suited, arty and a bit burnt by previous relationships.I could imagine myself in Sandcastle Bay and chatting to Melody in her lovely cottage. Everyone in the bay seems to have a puppy and I loved the scene with the first puppy class.We see the relationships of all the characters we've met before and how they all help each other out. The annual event they are all preparing for- sounds such a great part of a seaside resort calendar. I could really picture myself part of the festivities.The romance fairly sizzles at times. A really lovely read.Holly Martins books are always such a delight.
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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    What is not to love about this book? I, for sure, cannot mention one thing. It's like coming home when you read about that little village at the beach again and meeting up with the characters of the first book. It feels like coming together with old friends. The story shows us that we don't have to change into something we are not to please other people. No matter who or what you are, there is always someone you loves you. The book is full of love and romance but there is room enough for parts t What is not to love about this book? I, for sure, cannot mention one thing. It's like coming home when you read about that little village at the beach again and meeting up with the characters of the first book. It feels like coming together with old friends. The story shows us that we don't have to change into something we are not to please other people. No matter who or what you are, there is always someone you loves you. The book is full of love and romance but there is room enough for parts that make you smile or even laugh out loud. That makes it a fun read without ever being cheesy.This author has such a lovely writing style that you want to keep on reading. You are transported from your home to the sunny beach in Sandcastle Bay, a place I would not mind living either.I would be very sad to see this series come to an end, so I hope the author has a lot of inspiration left.Thank you Holly Martin, Bookouture and Netgalley.https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com/
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    Unforgettable. Having read all holly books couldn't wait to read this one and was not disappointed have never had so many laugh out loud moments for a long time with the fabulous melody and charismatic jamie gosh what a wonderful rollercoaster of romance there love for each other was totally perfect I laughed and cried happy tears can't wait for the next instalment of this fabulous story worthy of more than 5 stars FANDABBIEDOZIE.
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  • Marija
    January 1, 1970
    Delightful and simply wonderful romance that kept me reading until I finished it in the middle of the night. I couldn't put it down!The storyline is so well written and the characters are great, they develop thruought the story.The place where the story is happening is so idyllic that I just wish tobe there during this rainy day.I adore the writing style and I will read more from Holly Martin
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  • Steph Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    Such a lovely, heartwarming book. The publisher’s description of ‘An utterly gorgeous feel good romantic comedy’ is spot on….truly gorgeous.This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!The picture-perfect setting, a small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.I imagined I was there, and the beach was fantastic in my head.Melody and Jamie are really drawn to each other, but are shy with each other. Things have gone wrong with past relatio Such a lovely, heartwarming book. The publisher’s description of ‘An utterly gorgeous feel good romantic comedy’ is spot on….truly gorgeous.This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!The picture-perfect setting, a small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.I imagined I was there, and the beach was fantastic in my head.Melody and Jamie are really drawn to each other, but are shy with each other. Things have gone wrong with past relationships so they are hesitant to get involved even though the air sparks between them. Melody and me share the clumsiness!The story isn’t just about Melody and Jamie, but also and her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Most of the cast were in ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ which I also adored. This can easily be read as a standalone though.Loved the jewellery-making aspect and the sculptures. And not forgetting the little magician too.I thoroughly recommend this book, a perfect light-hearted getaway.Funny, touching, steamy. It ticks all the boxes for me.Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book.Take it with you on your summer holiday, or read it in the garden….escape to Sandcastle Bay in your imagination.Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion
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  • Agi
    January 1, 1970
    “The Cottage on Sunshine Beach” is a second book in the Sandcastle Bay series. It can be read as a stand – alone, of course it can, because it’s following the adventures (and there are plenty of them! PLENTY!) of Melody and James but you would just miss out too much on a colourful, hilarious, sexy and quirky story – telling in “The Holiday Cottage by the Sea”. You don’t have to read them in the right order, I think, just read them both. Just saying.So we return to Sandcastle Bay and are immediat “The Cottage on Sunshine Beach” is a second book in the Sandcastle Bay series. It can be read as a stand – alone, of course it can, because it’s following the adventures (and there are plenty of them! PLENTY!) of Melody and James but you would just miss out too much on a colourful, hilarious, sexy and quirky story – telling in “The Holiday Cottage by the Sea”. You don’t have to read them in the right order, I think, just read them both. Just saying.So we return to Sandcastle Bay and are immediately thrown into the lives of Melody and her jewellery shop, and Jamie, an incredibly talented and sexy as hell sculptor. There is amazing chemistry between those two and Melody has the hots for Jamie but Jamie, sadly, has been badly hurt in the past and he’s holding back. However, Melody doesn’t give up and slowly it seems that Jamie starts to lose his reservations. But can one disaster date, when Melody poisons him, after other disaster date bring them together? Or is it too much for Jamie?So guys. It is really hard to write this review as I truly am not sure what more should I say about Holly Martin’s writing and this book. I adore this author and her style but it seems that Holly has fallen for a pattern that is very successful and perfectly works for her, and it’s absolutely okay because when something works why should you change it? Sure, I can hear you saying, then don’t read Holly’s books – well, that’s not the point. As I’ve mentioned, I love her stories, they always made me laugh out loud and feel better, I just wish she’d surprise me with something different next time.Nevertheless, I’ll try to explain what’s so special about this book. Because it is special 🙂1) the setting – it’s gorgeous. Simply. Holly Martin is the champion of creating the most beautiful, desired places to live and I would move to any of the places she writes about in a couple of shakes.2) the characters – are brilliant. As usually. They are full of humour and there is this lovely overwhelming community spirit and they all know everything about each other, there are no secrets in Sandcastle Bay.The characters are so full of understanding and they’re so understanding and lenient that sometimes it’s too much. The guys always know what to say and what to do and sometimes it’s just too good to be true. Don’t get me wrong here, pretty please, it’s lovely to see real gentlemen and how great they treat their women, how honest they are, there are no secrets between them, they do not lie, and sometimes, just sometimes, I missed a cold shoulder and a serious misunderstanding. To complicate the things a little.3) the writing style. It’s full of humour and the best one – liners ever, and some of the scenes had made me laugh out loud. Really loud. The descriptions are so vivid and colourful and clear, you will have no problems to imagine them. Holly Martin has talent to effortlessly transport you into the heart of the story with her writing, to live the lives of the characters together with them.It’s, as always, a little gem of a book that I wouldn’t like to miss out. There is everything you could ask for in a perfect rom – com: enough drama, a sizzling romance, incredible chemistry that only Holly can write in such way about, three – dimensional characters and hidden depths in a hilarious storyline. Truly recommended!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Holly’s for a fair while now. I just love her books. I was so looking forward to reading ‘The Cottage On Sunshine Beach’. I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.I immediately took to the character of Melody Rosewood and I even ended up more than a bit envious of her. She is a young woman, who moved to Sunshine Beach to help her sister bring up their brother’s child, after their brother died. I get the impression that there are time I have been a fan of Holly’s for a fair while now. I just love her books. I was so looking forward to reading ‘The Cottage On Sunshine Beach’. I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.I immediately took to the character of Melody Rosewood and I even ended up more than a bit envious of her. She is a young woman, who moved to Sunshine Beach to help her sister bring up their brother’s child, after their brother died. I get the impression that there are times when she misses her old life with her old friends and her old career. However, there’s nowhere else she would rather be now because she gets to live by the sea, she lives close to her sister, she gets to see her nephew grow up, she has her own little business, she has a gorgeous but mischievous puppy and she enjoys a flirty relationship with the local hunk. There is definitely some chemistry there but he seems to be a bit reluctant to take the next step. Jamie, the hunk, also has a gorgeous but mischievous puppy who happens to be from the same litter as Melody’s pup so they have the opportunity to spend time with each other when their pups meet up for a play date. Any excuse and all that.The author’s writing style is such that you are just drawn into the story from the moment you begin to read and the characters are so realistic that you genuinely take to them and begin to think of them as friends- or at least that’s how I felt. I love the way in which Holly Martin is able to write about serious subjects with great empathy and she treats them so sensitively too. I became very addicted to reading this book from the moment I picked up the book and began to read. I just had to see if Melody ever got together with Jamie, if their puppies ever managed to behave themselves and to see if Melody got the happy ever after that she so deserves. The pages were turning so quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves and before I knew what was happening I had finished the book which I was so disappointed about. I was enjoying the story, the characters and the puppies so much that I just wanted the book to continue. By the time I finished ‘The Cottage On Sunshine Beach’ I felt as though I had been through a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride. There were moments where I found myself wanting to cry and then the next minute I felt myself wanting to laugh at something that Melody or the puppies had got up to. At times I felt myself wanting to give certain characters a talking to and then I would immediately want to hug other characters. So I guess you could say that I went from one extreme to the other.In conclusion I really did enjoy reading ‘The Cottage On Sunshine Beach’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. My only criticism of the book was that it had to end. Holly Martin certainly has another winner on her hands. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy Hollys books and great to read this one and full of romance and being honest in order to fall in love. It's heartwarning and set in such beautiful countryside you think you are there such a perfect summer read. Full of fun and passion as well and well worth reading. Melody loves her new home in sandcastle bay and her cottage is right on the edge of the sunshine beach. She loves being closer to her family and friend Tori and she loves the lower pace of life. Jamie works opposite Me I always enjoy Hollys books and great to read this one and full of romance and being honest in order to fall in love. It's heartwarning and set in such beautiful countryside you think you are there such a perfect summer read. Full of fun and passion as well and well worth reading. Melody loves her new home in sandcastle bay and her cottage is right on the edge of the sunshine beach. She loves being closer to her family and friend Tori and she loves the lower pace of life. Jamie works opposite Melody's jewellery shop and she has an instant attraction but sadly a past heartache is holding Jamie back. Melodie thinks he's the one for her and they take the chance on romance but one dating disaster after another can they be lovers and be honest with each other to move forward or will they just be friend. Can Melodie be happy living by the sea and find her perfect life or not. An easy read that I recommend for a summer read.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    When I chose to read The Cottage on Sunshine Beach, I knew that I'd be in for a treat, as all of Holly's books that I've read so far have been absolutely wonderful and entertaining.Having read The Holiday Cottage by the Sea, which is where you first get to meet Melody and Jamie as background characters, I was very keen to read their story which is what Holly's latest book is all about. I loved everything about this story, it was such a joy to read, so heartfelt in places and there were plenty of When I chose to read The Cottage on Sunshine Beach, I knew that I'd be in for a treat, as all of Holly's books that I've read so far have been absolutely wonderful and entertaining.Having read The Holiday Cottage by the Sea, which is where you first get to meet Melody and Jamie as background characters, I was very keen to read their story which is what Holly's latest book is all about. I loved everything about this story, it was such a joy to read, so heartfelt in places and there were plenty of giggles along the way. It was great getting to know Melody and Jamie to discover their stories and finding out if they are successful in getting together and becoming a forever, their story really pulled on my heartstrings. Oh and I totally fell in love with Jamie, impossible not to, he's so handsome, sensitive, thoughtful, not to mention the things he can do with his hands, he is certainly talented in many ways and no I’m not on about the hot naughtiness that takes place in the book, although he does excel in that category too, lol, you’ll just have to read the book yourself so as to find out just how talented Jamie is. One thing is for sure, it made me want him as my own boyfriend, I'm so not jealous at all lol.Also a bonus throughout the story, is that I got to meet up with previous characters Tori, Aidan, Isla, Leo, Elliott and Aunt Agatha, not to mention all of the dogs from the first book, to discover how they were all getting on and what was new with each of them. Aunt Agatha is still as nosy and interfering as ever, in her own loving and unique way. Everything about this book is picture perfect, it was well written, so very heartfelt in places, the characters are all wonderful and the setting/location of the book was faultless, so idyllic and picturesque. Just like last time, I fell in love with the location and wished that I was there experiencing it all. One of my favourite scenes, there was a lot but this one absolutely deserves a mention, it was the puppy training session, the whole scene was completely hilarious and adorable, it had me in giggles let me tell you. Last words, if you haven't read any of Holly Martin's books yet, then don't delay any more, as you are missing out. Holly is an amazing author and she has such a way with words that just makes her stories truly magical and come alive.
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  • Sloane
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Holly Martin read. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach was an adorable read. Though it is the second in the Sandcastle Bay series, I was able to follow along and do not feel that the first, Holiday Cottage by the Sea, must have been read first. I loved Melody and Jamie individually, and together. The pooches, Sirius and Rocky added to the fun! I will miss this cast of characters and the endearing nature of the small town of Sandcastle Bay. I was immediately grabbed by the cover art, This was my first Holly Martin read. The Cottage on Sunshine Beach was an adorable read. Though it is the second in the Sandcastle Bay series, I was able to follow along and do not feel that the first, Holiday Cottage by the Sea, must have been read first. I loved Melody and Jamie individually, and together. The pooches, Sirius and Rocky added to the fun! I will miss this cast of characters and the endearing nature of the small town of Sandcastle Bay. I was immediately grabbed by the cover art, which convinced me that the book contained a light, sweet story. It was not misleading! I will definitely go back to grab the first one in this entertaining series as well begin some of Martin's other series!Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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  • Emma Crowley
    January 1, 1970
    I simply adored my first visit to Sandcastle Bay when I read The Holiday Cottage by the Sea back in April so I was glad the wait for book two, The Cottage on Sunshine Beach, in this planned trilogy wasn't that long at all. This was such an enjoyable read packed full of the traits of Holly Martin's writing that I have come to love and also to expect. Holly is a fantastic writer and I know I will always be guaranteed a brilliant storyline packed full of romance, with lots of surprises and laughs a I simply adored my first visit to Sandcastle Bay when I read The Holiday Cottage by the Sea back in April so I was glad the wait for book two, The Cottage on Sunshine Beach, in this planned trilogy wasn't that long at all. This was such an enjoyable read packed full of the traits of Holly Martin's writing that I have come to love and also to expect. Holly is a fantastic writer and I know I will always be guaranteed a brilliant storyline packed full of romance, with lots of surprises and laughs along the way. Holly also has this canny knack of creating the most vivid and memorable settings for each of her stories and also comes up with such ingenious place names to go with it. Sandcastle Bay is a special place, packed full of memorable characters and equally as memorable events occur that literally did have me laughing out loud.I've said it before and probably will say it many more times in the future but with a book from this author you do know more or less from the beginning or even from previous books what the eventual outcome will be for all the characters involved. Some may say - what's the point in that? It takes away the element of surprise and reveal at the end and just gives too much away. Normally, I would have to agree with people who feel this way but not so in the case of this author's books. It really is more about the development of the characters, their indecision and the reasons for the reluctance to just take a leap into the unknown and go for it. The journey is more important than the big climax of acceptance and embracing love and relationships wholeheartedly. It's testament to the brilliant writing that the reader enjoys the storyline and cares more about the journey rather than reaching the final destination.With it only being two months since my introduction to Sandcastle Bay, I felt the characters we had already met were very much fresh in my mind and I didn't feel the first few chapters were about familiarising myself with everyone and various events and who was connected to etc. Instead, I slipped easily back into the warm writing and was keen to see how the story of Melody Rosewood and Jamie Jackson would develop. I already knew the background to both Melody's family and her friend Tori and also the Jackson brothers. That's not to say new readers won't be able to follow the storyline as plenty of background information is slipped in subtly. I love how we get to see how the couple from book one are now getting on and in the most beautiful way we see a continuation of their story without taking away from Melody and Jamie. Also the couple who will feature in book three start to make themselves more prominent and the reader can take guesses as to how their relationship will develop. It's just all intertwined so well without distracting from the overall plot.Melody lives close to Sunshine Beach in a snug little cottage and she is more or less happy with her life since she made the big move from London. The reason for her move being the death of her beloved brother Matthew leaving his son Elliott behind. Her sister Isla is now guardian of Elliott and Melody felt she needed support and back up. As Melody is a jewellery designer she can take her business anywhere and it has been reasonably successful since she set up her shop amongst the artisans that occupy Starfish Court. It also helps that the object of her affections Jamie, himself a sculptor, has a shop close by and a lovely friendship walking to work each morning has developed. We know from the beginning that both Melody and Jamie have feelings for each other but are desperately afraid to say it and see where romantic adventures could take them. Yes at times you'll want to bang their heads together but at the same time it's enjoyable to see just what ups and downs and problems await the pair on their path to finding true love if that is at all possible?Jamie thinks he is crap at relationships as previously he fell head over heels for somebody who didn't return his feelings. He is wary of getting hurt and doesn't want to invest time in a relationship where the same could happen again. I felt Jamie was vulnerable and very much doubted what his heart was telling him. My view is that if you have feelings for someone you should explore them further and see where the path will lead. If you don't try you'll never know if you could succeed. I thought this quote really summed up the indecision both Jamie and Melody were feeling. ' Love is a crazy, wonderful thing, it's not something to run away from, it's something you run towards. Yes, it's painful if it doesn't turn out the way we want to, but you can't shy away from it for the rest of your life because it might hurt'. Very wise words it must be said and that's what I love about Holly's writing. Time and time again, I find myself nodding along in agreement at what is being said. I have to stop and reread passages several times to absorb how honest and true they are. It's almost like she is offering relationship and life advice for the readers, in a good way, as much as she is for her main characters.Melody, herself, wants more than a friendship with Jamie but she feels she isn't good enough for him that her clumsiness and general awkwardness would turn any man off. But surely a relationship is about embracing all the faults each person has be they major or minor and working through and accepting them. That's my only minor quibble about this book, I felt at times there was too much emphasis on Melody's clumsiness be it spilling a drink or falling into something. I understand this trait was being used as a barrier for Melody and was pivotal to the overall storyline but it did begin to bug me she was so het up over something I would personally view as being minor. Saying that it did provide plenty of laughs along the way and that's what this book was all about. It was packed full of humour and laughter.Normally when a book is classed as a laugh out loud romantic comedy I mightn’t even break into a smile but here oh my god I was laughing out loud and wanting to share such funny moments with fellow readers. Elliott in all his innocence was just hysterical when he talked about what he found whilst in his Granny's bedroom. The scene at the puppy training classes was just everyone's worst nightmare but all you could do was just laugh and get on with it. Not to mention the supermarket scene and the cave. There was just so much amusement, wit, wisecracks and hilarity throughout that it just made the story so good and a joy to read. Also, what I am calling the spot the puppy angle to the book was brilliant and so sweet a continuation from book one.As the story continued I thought all viewpoints were presented equally. I felt every bit of the confusion and apprehension that existed for Melody and Jamie and hoped they could work through things. But when they say things like this it did make me wonder would a happy ending be forthcoming.'protecting you and what we have. I don't want to lose you and the very last thing I want is to do anything to hurt you. I want to do this right. I don't want to rush into this and ruin what we have'. Even with those few words the reader can sense the doubt and the reluctance to move from a friendship to a relationship.The Cottage on Sunshine Beach was an excellent read. Usually, I find myself loving book one in a series and then the next two books don't live up to my expectations or recreate the same feelings I experienced but this was a first for me I adored this book and wanted the story to continue on and on. Holly Martin writes from the heart taking such care with every word poured onto the page to create such wonderful characters you root for from beginning to end. With such a romantic ending and just an overall brilliant, delightful read this book simply has to be on your summer reading list for 2018.
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  • Silke
    January 1, 1970
    Today the second book in the Sandcastle Bay series is out in the world and I can't wait to share how much I enjoyed my reading experience. Followers of my blog might know that I absolutely loved the first part of the series, being The Holiday Cottage by the Sea.  And I can tell you straight away the second book in the series doesn't disappoint.We return to Sandcastle Bay but this time in the Summer. A couple of months have passed since the last book. In The Cottage on Sunshine Beach we continue Today the second book in the Sandcastle Bay series is out in the world and I can't wait to share how much I enjoyed my reading experience. Followers of my blog might know that I absolutely loved the first part of the series, being The Holiday Cottage by the Sea.  And I can tell you straight away the second book in the series doesn't disappoint.We return to Sandcastle Bay but this time in the Summer. A couple of months have passed since the last book. In The Cottage on Sunshine Beach we continue the story, but now we follow Melody as the main character. I absolutely adored her as a side character in The Holiday Cottage and I couldn't wait to get inside her head. But I have to be completely honest, were I had an immediate connection with Tori it took me awhile to find this with Melody. Because of her upbringing Melody is quite unsure about herself and feels really bad about her clumsiness. I never viewed her that way in the previous book and was quite surprised to learn how many negative thoughts went through her head. She is a very sweet girl, but not one of my favorite Holly Martin ladies. What didn't mean I didn't enjoy the story! I absolutely loved to be back in Sandcastle Beach. Although there were only two weeks in between reading to books, it felt like coming home a bit. Of course its a book and you have to go with the story. But I kept wanting to run to the village to see how the pups were doing. Or to Aidan to see how the campaign was coming along. It was so good to see all the characters again. Holly normally revisited characters from previous book, but this time I really felt like they were still a significant part of the story. Their story-line continued, all though as a reader you see it trough another characters eyes. And of course, my beloved side character Agatha was on a roll again. Damm, I love that woman. She is such a crazy, old bat who means well. I keep wishing she is going to get her hot date with Stefano. Can't wait to see what shenanigans she would get up to. There could have been a little more Dobby. Let's be honest you can never have enough of a Turkey, who thinks its a dog right? But I loved the funny bits with all the puppies. And of course that community feeling that Holly does so wonderfully, with the sandcastle  and sculpture competition.I really need to find a real life Sandcastle Bay and book myself a holiday there. Because it truly felt like coming home.  I can hardy wait for the thirth book in the series. I am secretly hoping it will be a Christmas book. Allthough I am not quite sure I can last as long without a fix of Sandcastle Bay!
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  • Karen Mace
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 2 in the Sandcastle Bay series, and I haven't read book 1 - Holiday Cottage by the Sea - so this can be read as a standalone as I fell in love with the location and characters from this book alone so now need to get shopping as I just want more!!This is the story of Melody - and her puppy Rocky! - who lives in Apple Tree cottage that overlooks Sunshine Beach (I want to live there!!) and life is going rather well for her as she has left the rat race behind in London and is now creati This is book 2 in the Sandcastle Bay series, and I haven't read book 1 - Holiday Cottage by the Sea - so this can be read as a standalone as I fell in love with the location and characters from this book alone so now need to get shopping as I just want more!!This is the story of Melody - and her puppy Rocky! - who lives in Apple Tree cottage that overlooks Sunshine Beach (I want to live there!!) and life is going rather well for her as she has left the rat race behind in London and is now creating wonderful pieces of jewellery for tourists. Her outlook on life was changed when her brother was tragically killed, so she moved to Sandcastle Bay to help her sister raise his young son Elliott.While living in Sandcastle Bay she has become good friends with Jamie - who owns dogs with Harry Potter linked names! - and they've always got on so well that she thinks she wants the friendship to progress to something romantic! He feels the same but they're both a little hesistant as they don't want to jeopardise their friendship. But it is clear to everyone that they are meant to be together - it just takes a little time!! Spending extra time at puppy training classes together with their dogs is sure to help!!We also see the storylines of her best friend Tori, and her relationship with Aidan (Jamie's brother!) and how that is progressing, along with how Isla is getting on with raising Elliott and how everyone pulls together to help him have the happiest childhood he can. He is such a sweetheart and his character is wonderful - he had me laughing on a number of occasions with his antics!I loved everything about this book - it had all the feels and it was such a funny, touching story! Holly Martin seems to have such fun creating these characters and letting them have fun! I can't wait to read more!!!
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  • Maryline M's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, gloriously romantic and heartwarming: you guessed it, it's another wonderful Holly Martin book! We return to Sandcastle Bay where we left Tori and Aiden starting their happily ever after, to focus on the cute connection Melody and Jamie share. As always, both are hesitant to put themselves out there and take a risk. Although I must say Melody's past and reservations didn't really "hit" me as hard as Jamie's did and I couldn't always understand her reasoning when she was hesitant towards Jam Fun, gloriously romantic and heartwarming: you guessed it, it's another wonderful Holly Martin book! We return to Sandcastle Bay where we left Tori and Aiden starting their happily ever after, to focus on the cute connection Melody and Jamie share. As always, both are hesitant to put themselves out there and take a risk. Although I must say Melody's past and reservations didn't really "hit" me as hard as Jamie's did and I couldn't always understand her reasoning when she was hesitant towards Jamie and their relationship.What I do absolutely love about both Melody and Jamie, is their unwavering loyalty towards their friends and family, their 'spark' and their creativity. Holly Martin's sense of humor throughout is contagious and will have you laughing out loud. In true romantic comedy style, there are some cringe-worthy awkward situations, usually resolved with lots of laughs and even romance! The meddling villagers however, couldn't charm me in this one. When we first met the people of Sandcastle Bay in 'The Holiday Cottage By The Sea', the first installment in this series, their meddling, over-sharing and gossiping was somewhat charming and funny, but I think it went a step too far for me, and lost its sense of a realistic community.Right from the start, Holly Martin transported me to this quaint, rustic and calming village, making me forget that I wasn't actually on holiday at the sea-side... but really wishing I was, by the time I finished this book!Love, laughter, passion and humor: 'The Cottage on Sunshine Beach' is the perfect holiday read.
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    The Cottage on Sunshine Beach is the second book in Holly Martin’s Sandcastle Bay series. Melody Rosewood moved to Sandcastle Bay a bit over a year ago to assist her sister, Isla, as she undertook the major life change to raise their nephew Elliott after Melody’s twin, Matthew, perished in an auto accident. She had given up a fashionable jewelry business in London, but has since established a brand new jewelry shop in her new home and her business is doing well. Her best friend, Tori, has now mo The Cottage on Sunshine Beach is the second book in Holly Martin’s Sandcastle Bay series. Melody Rosewood moved to Sandcastle Bay a bit over a year ago to assist her sister, Isla, as she undertook the major life change to raise their nephew Elliott after Melody’s twin, Matthew, perished in an auto accident. She had given up a fashionable jewelry business in London, but has since established a brand new jewelry shop in her new home and her business is doing well. Her best friend, Tori, has now moved to Sandcastle Bay, so life is pretty complete. That is, except for the fact she is in love with sculptor Jamie Jackson who seems oblivious to this. In this story, accident prone Melody decides to take a chance and invites Jamie to her home for dinner. Things are going quite well until Jamie is poisoned by an ingredient she used in her appetizers. In fact, such mini-tragedies seem to happen on each of their dates. However, Jamie doesn’t seem to notice. What he does notice is the lasting effects the actions of her parents have had to her self esteem and the things he will do to circumvent them.This is a delightful story with rich characters and a beautiful setting. I’ve enjoyed Ms. Martin’s engaging tales and this one is no exception. Her characters are multidimensional, her settings lovely, and her plots will touch your heart. I do recommend this book!
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* We are back in Sandcastle Bay and I couldn't be happier! I was hoping for Melody to get her own story told and here we are...I loved following both Melody and Jamie, because they had instant attraction and the sparks between them were intense. The past is holding Jamie back though, it's hard for him to commit to a relationship again. We also got to catch up with some familiar characters again, like Tori and Aiden, which was lovel *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* We are back in Sandcastle Bay and I couldn't be happier! I was hoping for Melody to get her own story told and here we are...I loved following both Melody and Jamie, because they had instant attraction and the sparks between them were intense. The past is holding Jamie back though, it's hard for him to commit to a relationship again. We also got to catch up with some familiar characters again, like Tori and Aiden, which was lovely. I love this community of people and Sandcastle Bay is just the perfect place. I absolutely adore Holly Martin's descriptive and detailed writing. She takes you right into a story and makes it magical and unique. Melody and Jamie share some special moments and Holly Martin captured them beautifully. It's full of emotions, humor and love. Holly Martin has a real gift of creating these wonderful places you never want to leave again. Her writing is passionate and authentic. This is a definite must read!!!
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  • JG
    January 1, 1970
    THe Cottage on Sunshine Beach is the second standalone book in Holly Martin’s newest series set in the beach town of Sandcastle Bay. I love Holly Martin when she writes about small town romances usually set in the English coast or countryside. There is always an element that the town and its inhabitants are the third character in the story and this one is no exception. Jamie and Melody have become fast friends but Melody wants to pursue the relationship further however, and she knows this, Jamie THe Cottage on Sunshine Beach is the second standalone book in Holly Martin’s newest series set in the beach town of Sandcastle Bay. I love Holly Martin when she writes about small town romances usually set in the English coast or countryside. There is always an element that the town and its inhabitants are the third character in the story and this one is no exception. Jamie and Melody have become fast friends but Melody wants to pursue the relationship further however, and she knows this, Jamie doesn’t seem to be on the same footing. Pretty soon things take a turn in the relationship and even the townsfolk are invested in the outcome. This book may feel quaint, sweet and fluffy but it definitely navigates that odd moment when a friendly relationship turns romantic quite well. I loved this one and if you like romances that are sweet,quirky and quaint with charming characters then The Cottage on Sunshine Beach is worth your reading time.*ARC provided*
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  • Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This is a must read for summer 2018. Utterly perfect! What a great first story to read by this author, I am very impressed. Where do I even start?I started reading this book after a really stressful morning and it was just what I needed! The cover is lovely and I felt instantly at home and familiar with the town and characters from the start. It made me feel very welcome and calm like I’ve always been part of this town and familiar with the characters. It is a beautiful uplifting story abou Wow. This is a must read for summer 2018. Utterly perfect! What a great first story to read by this author, I am very impressed. Where do I even start?I started reading this book after a really stressful morning and it was just what I needed! The cover is lovely and I felt instantly at home and familiar with the town and characters from the start. It made me feel very welcome and calm like I’ve always been part of this town and familiar with the characters. It is a beautiful uplifting story about love and friendships.Parts had me laughing out loud, my head in my hands at the blips and shouting for joy at all the happy parts. I cannot fault this book, it was just what I needed and I will shout about this book! I’ve found another new favourite author. Brilliantly written. It’s one of those books I didn’t want to finish but also had to finish and devour.A must read from me. A well deserved five stars… Highly recommend. I cannot wait to read more by this author in the future.
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  • Sally Coles
    January 1, 1970
    Melody came back to Sandcastle Bay when her twin Matthew died to help her sister Isla bring up Matthews son. She soon settles down with her own little shop selling her jewellery, which just happens to be right opposite Jamie's studio......... but will the gorgeous sculptor ever see her as anything other than a friend.... even after that amazing kiss at Matthew's funeral!Great to be back in Sandcastle Bay and catch up with all the friends from the first book, it is such a lovely setting anyone wo Melody came back to Sandcastle Bay when her twin Matthew died to help her sister Isla bring up Matthews son. She soon settles down with her own little shop selling her jewellery, which just happens to be right opposite Jamie's studio......... but will the gorgeous sculptor ever see her as anything other than a friend.... even after that amazing kiss at Matthew's funeral!Great to be back in Sandcastle Bay and catch up with all the friends from the first book, it is such a lovely setting anyone would love to live there. Another warm feel good book perfect for the beach in true Holly Martin style..... looking forward to the next one
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Another absolutely fantastic read by Holly. Full of sizzling hot romance, the chemistry between the characters was red hot! Everything about this book was just stunning, I loved the location, what I would give for a walk around it. Once you start reading this you will fall in love and not be able to put it down. My favourite book of the year so far!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Martin's story is set in the fictional but the utterly charming location of Sandcastle Bay. Her cast of characters encompasses village life excellently with no one able to have a private life, the gossip mill running wild and well-meaning meddlers in the mix. Join the endearingly clumsy, accident-prone Melody in her quest to capture Jamie's heart you won't regret it. Brimming with laugh-out-loud disaster moments and a side helping of heart-wrenchingly poignant moments this is the perfect summer Martin's story is set in the fictional but the utterly charming location of Sandcastle Bay. Her cast of characters encompasses village life excellently with no one able to have a private life, the gossip mill running wild and well-meaning meddlers in the mix. Join the endearingly clumsy, accident-prone Melody in her quest to capture Jamie's heart you won't regret it. Brimming with laugh-out-loud disaster moments and a side helping of heart-wrenchingly poignant moments this is the perfect summer read. It is the second book in but each book focuses on a different character so you don't need to read them from the beginning (I have read the first - yet but its now on the list!). Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for sending me this in exchange for an open and honest review.
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  • Meg Dean
    January 1, 1970
    Everything I expect from Holly Martin! Lots of fun characters and laughs with a few "Oh no!" moments along the way! Another awesome chick lit lovely from one of my favourtie authors!!! Anglophiles unite and buy Holly's books...you will not be disappointed :c)
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  • Vickie Richens
    January 1, 1970
    Love her books and enjoyed the second in the series looking forward to the next one
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