Coming Home to Maple Cottage
This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance… Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much. Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves. As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him. But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all? A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

Coming Home to Maple Cottage Details

TitleComing Home to Maple Cottage
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherBookouture
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Coming Home to Maple Cottage Review

  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my heart is so full after finishing this third installment of the Sandcastle Bay series. I am absolutely satisfied and pleased with where Isla, Leo and Elliott end up - this family made my heart melt! Best book in the series!First of all, cover love! I adore all of Holly Martin’s cover art and this is no exception. There is something about a happy cover that makes me want to jump right in. This third book (which could also be read as a stand-alone) is the perfect icing on the cake. Four years Oh my heart is so full after finishing this third installment of the Sandcastle Bay series. I am absolutely satisfied and pleased with where Isla, Leo and Elliott end up - this family made my heart melt! Best book in the series!First of all, cover love! I adore all of Holly Martin’s cover art and this is no exception. There is something about a happy cover that makes me want to jump right in. This third book (which could also be read as a stand-alone) is the perfect icing on the cake. Four years ago, when Isla’s brother Matthew was tragically killed in a car accident, she moved her life to Sandcastle Bay to take care of his son, Elliott. And Elliott’s godfather, Leo steps in as a father figure. This is the story of the evolution of the family’s relationship. This was such a beautiful development of their relationship - Isla and Leo went through a lot of ups and downs in this story, I was fully immersed in everything that happened. I grew so fond of all the characters (and especially the eccentric and hilarious Aunt Agatha) and I will be sad to say goodbye to them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: can I please live in the idyllic Sandcastle Bay?!This is technically a romance novel but it’s also so much more! Hope, perseverance in the face of adversity, family bonds, humor, laughter and love. Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation to be on the blog tour. This book is now available!
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful and touching love story that will leave you with a big smile on your face!I was so excited to once again return to Sandcastle Bay... this is the third book in this wonderful series and I’d have to say my favorite so far (I am just hoping there’s more!).... this book could absolutely be read as a standalone, however I’d strongly encourage you to read the entire series.... I think part of what made this book so special is that we have grown to love Leo, Isla, and Elliott in the This is a beautiful and touching love story that will leave you with a big smile on your face!I was so excited to once again return to Sandcastle Bay... this is the third book in this wonderful series and I’d have to say my favorite so far (I am just hoping there’s more!).... this book could absolutely be read as a standalone, however I’d strongly encourage you to read the entire series.... I think part of what made this book so special is that we have grown to love Leo, Isla, and Elliott in the past two books... there really is nothing better than coming home to characters that you know and adore!I really love absolutely everything about this series... The setting is enchanting... i’d absolutely love to visit Sandcastle bay.... from the people, to the quaint shops, to the delightful cottages that have the most adorable of names! I mean who would not want to live in a home called Hot Chocolate Cottage or Maple Cottage? Not to mention all the village events,in this book we had an acorn hunt, acorn jewelry making, and a epic pumpkin carving contest.... The best part of all is the bonds that the people have with one another... I love the friendship between Tori, Melodie, and Isla... also love the bond between the brothers Jamie, Aidan, and Leo.... top that off with all the romance, add in crazy Aunt Agatha, and all the adorable children; with Elliot being my absolute fave! I mean seriously what’s not to love? I am SO packing my bags!This time we get Isla and Leo story, and I’m sure just like everybody else I have been dying for this one! Leo has been proposing to Isla almost daily for the past two books... as godparents to the adorable Elliot the two of them had to step up after the death of Isla‘s brother and Leo’s best friend Mathew.... but is Leo proposing out of obligation or does he actually have feelings for Isla? Love isn’t always easy, in fact most of the time it’s quite complicated... and really these two made it even more complicated, especially Leo! So will they get their HEA? And will Elliot finally have a forever family? Well you will need to read this book to find out!I really hope this is not the last book in the series, can I suggest a little Novello with aunt Agatha and her new boyfriend? Or grown-up Elliot falling in love??? Please don’t make me leave Sandcastle bay!Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys romance, fabulous characters, autumn activities, and love!*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy ***
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  • Finitha Jose
    January 1, 1970
    I have ambiguous feelings on this one. The writing style of Holly Martin immediately attracted me. Her language literally flows out of the page but the simple and predictable plot line was disheartening. A talented writer like her could have taken something a bit more daring. 'Coming Home to Maple Cottage' is the third novel in the Sandcastle Bay series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the other two in the series but was not at all troubled with the lack of background stories conc I have ambiguous feelings on this one. The writing style of Holly Martin immediately attracted me. Her language literally flows out of the page but the simple and predictable plot line was disheartening. A talented writer like her could have taken something a bit more daring. 'Coming Home to Maple Cottage' is the third novel in the Sandcastle Bay series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the other two in the series but was not at all troubled with the lack of background stories concerning other characters. Isla and Leo are quite a pair but more than their romantic activities what we love most is little Elliot. His presence created some of the hilarious scenes but it also brought with it the hardships concerning parenthood. I couldn't but admire the sacrifices Isla has made for her orphaned nephew and I do hope Elliot will one day be able to recognise it. What disturbed me most was Leo Jackson. His ever present guilt feeling was a bit annoying. I do understand the situation about his father but guilt about Mathew's death? That was really going overboard. But I am not one to pass judgment since no one is perfect. They can be perfect only in novels and movies and the fantasy they provide attract multitudes like me to the world of reading. So in this perfect world, characters like Leo make a bittersweet story. To conclude, this is not a typical winter read that will make your toes curl with happiness. It will tug at your heartstrings making you weep and laugh. And lastly, you will be a part of the life of Sandcastle Bay where friends are many and privacy is your private dream.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    There is a saying "Save the best for last" and Holly Martin has done just that. A fabulous book from start to finish. A book which captured me with its words. A book where my heart overfilled with love and hope. A book which I simply adored. I always have liked Holly Martin's books, but I always thought they were too sweet. They needed layers and the author has given me just that in spades. She has made the characters and scenes so interesting that I stayed up till 2am just to finish reading the There is a saying "Save the best for last" and Holly Martin has done just that. A fabulous book from start to finish. A book which captured me with its words. A book where my heart overfilled with love and hope. A book which I simply adored. I always have liked Holly Martin's books, but I always thought they were too sweet. They needed layers and the author has given me just that in spades. She has made the characters and scenes so interesting that I stayed up till 2am just to finish reading the book. And I still want more!! Love is always memorable when it is bumpy. And these bumps just go ahead to make love that much stronger, that much exciting. And Isla and Leo's love story have the right amount of spice to make it flavorful. The book had the usual gang of brothers and their mates, aunt Agatha and her boyfriend, all the characters including Dobby the turkey. And it also had some twists. A book which made me laugh at places and smile at others, which made me go oooh and aah imagining the love, why would I find any niggles in it. The book is nothing but a huge heart of love. This is the first, after a long time, that I loved the book and the book loved me back totally!!
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  • Nicola Clough
    January 1, 1970
    I've always loved Holly's book but this one has to be the best by fair it was simply brilliant and just couldn't put it down at all as so good. Every page brought a new twist and turn and you wanted to keep reading to see what happened. It's full of heartbreak and romance and laughter and doing what is right for you and your family. Amazingly well written and cannot praise Holly enough and would love to have a follow on to this story. The characters are amazing and the story plot is just the sam I've always loved Holly's book but this one has to be the best by fair it was simply brilliant and just couldn't put it down at all as so good. Every page brought a new twist and turn and you wanted to keep reading to see what happened. It's full of heartbreak and romance and laughter and doing what is right for you and your family. Amazingly well written and cannot praise Holly enough and would love to have a follow on to this story. The characters are amazing and the story plot is just the same. Isla sadly had to move from London to her brothers house as he sadly passed away leaving a young son. She's not ready to be a mum but has to be for Elliot as his real mum walked out when he was a baby. She has amazing support from Leo who was her brothers friend but she can't forget that she slept with him years ago and he's always asking her to marry him but she keeps turning him down as she doesn't think he's ready. She's in the process of adopting Elliot and they can't track down the mother but she's getting more friendly with Leo as the days go by then just as they are about to declare their live a knock at the door changes everything. Sadie the mother of Elliot turns up saying she wants half the house but she's worried that she will also want Elliot. Isla really doesn't know which way to turn as it calls a stop for know for the adoption and she really doesn't want to loose Elliot. Can Leo and Isla pull together to get through this and be a family or will everything change. Poor Elliot has an accident but if changes his thoughts and he's worried about what others think of him as he was a jack the lad as a child but turned around especially with meeting Isla but can he declare his love and they be a family and be happy or not. Simply brilliant book worth far more than five stars and can't recommend it enough.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    This is the book that I have been waiting for, we finally get to see if Isla and Leo will get together, and if she will ever say yes to one of his repeated proposals. We also get to discover whether Isla will finally be able to adopt Elliot officially, who is a wonderful 5 year old boy. Having read the previous too books in this series I had been eagerly awaiting the answers to all of that and to see what the outcomes would be, and felt right at home, with everything coming back to me really fas This is the book that I have been waiting for, we finally get to see if Isla and Leo will get together, and if she will ever say yes to one of his repeated proposals. We also get to discover whether Isla will finally be able to adopt Elliot officially, who is a wonderful 5 year old boy. Having read the previous too books in this series I had been eagerly awaiting the answers to all of that and to see what the outcomes would be, and felt right at home, with everything coming back to me really fast as I started to read. If you haven't read the other books set in Sandcastle Bay, then you are missing out, but equally this book will work as a standalone. Possibly because I knew the characters so well going into this, I found myself welling up with tears towards the end, as I was so happy with the outcome, which only ever happens when I read well written books where I care about the characters. I was enchanted by this book from the moment I started reading it, and read it in two sittings. I'm massive fan of this author, and she didn't let me down, weaving all of her humour and great romance into one fabulous story that makes for a fitting end to this series. It was refreshing to see a book set around Autumnal activities, including acorn jewellery, pumpkin carving and fireworks. Isla, Leo and Elliot may not be a traditional family unit but the amount of love that flows between the three of them, makes them far more solid than most, and the second anything happened that would threaten their threesome, it was interesting to see just how Leo reacted. It is clear that despite his bad boy past, that he really has changed and cares for Isla and Elliot a great deal. A beautifully told story that I really wish didn't end, I'm already hoping that Holly Martin is hard at work on the next book, as I don't want to wait too long. If you are looking for a wonderfully romantic story, with fabulous chemistry, clear bonds of friendship and love and a fabulous cast of recurring characters, then this is the book / series for you! Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
    January 1, 1970
    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comOh Elliot, what a boy! My poor ovaries! That boy is my favourite character for sure – his personality is like sunshine on a rainy day. I just want to cuddle him!! If you’ve read any of the books in the series, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss the second book, but I did. However, despite only having read the first book and then the third, I was able to slot back All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.comOh Elliot, what a boy! My poor ovaries! That boy is my favourite character for sure – his personality is like sunshine on a rainy day. I just want to cuddle him!! If you’ve read any of the books in the series, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss the second book, but I did. However, despite only having read the first book and then the third, I was able to slot back into Sandcastle Bay as though I had been there all along. In simple terms – you CAN read the books as a standalone with no problem at all. Although if you’re the type of reader who likes getting the background information on most of the characters, you might find it easier if you did read the books in order!‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ focuses on Isla’s life with her little nephew, Elliot; a little boy who lost his dad at such a young age, and his mother even younger. But, with Isla having his back and loving him like he was her own child, little Elliot’s future is looking rosy. Well, as long as people stop sticking their noses into Isla and Leo’s business that is!Be still my beating heart!!!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous book this is! Holly Martin never fails to capture my heart with her storylines and her well-rounded, colourful and beautifully written characters. Of course not all of the characters are lovely, as just like any place, there is always at least one person who is determined to stuff things up for other people. Why couldn’t people just leave Isla and Leo alone? What exactly would they benefit from watching the little family crumble before their eyes? It wasn’t fair and actually made me quite emotional as I just wanted Elliot to be settled and happy. Surely for a little boy of his age, that isn’t too much to ask?The humour in this book was on point, as always, and I found myself holding my belly and crossing my legs whilst I laughed. I found that the giggles were just so natural and unforced, I couldn’t help but laugh with the characters. Hell, my face certainly got some exercise as my cheeks were aching from grinning so much! Not that I’m complaining obviously!For me, ‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ is everything a romantic comedy/’chick lit’ should be and more, and that is down to Holly Martin engaging with her readers and making them believe that love is in the air. Like I have said many times, I’m not really a romantic person, yet I could feel the love between two of the characters and I believed it as though it was coming from my own heart and not theirs. I could feel the tenderness between the two characters, I don’t think that anyone would be able to miss it!I adored every single word, every single joke, every single flutter of the heart, and every single line that Elliott came out with. I just loved this book from start to finish and I have everything crossed that the author doesn’t end the series with this book as I need to find out more. What happens to Isla and Leo afterwards?‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ made my heart flutter, my belly laugh, my mind dream, and my cheeks ache – all the signs of an absolutely perfect, beautifully written, tender, and utterly divine read. I could read it over and over again and not get bored – more please!!
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Holly Martin … I don’t really need to say anything else. I have read the majority of her books and have yet to find one I didn’t like, that is an understatement reallly because I have adored them all.All you need to do is put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, get cosy in the armchair with a warm cardi and slippers and then not move until you have finished reading the book, it truly is that simple to gain pure enjoyment.Holly usually manages to have a charming couple who are trying to do the righ Holly Martin … I don’t really need to say anything else. I have read the majority of her books and have yet to find one I didn’t like, that is an understatement reallly because I have adored them all.All you need to do is put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, get cosy in the armchair with a warm cardi and slippers and then not move until you have finished reading the book, it truly is that simple to gain pure enjoyment.Holly usually manages to have a charming couple who are trying to do the right thing in their life at any given time and she blends the lives together so they become one happy unit.It’s the skilful writing, the deep atmospheric links to their surroundings, the visuals are extremely realistic and the reader is immediately transported to where they are so we can feel part of the family almost.Coming Home to Maple Cottage is actually the third book in the ‘Sandcastle Bay’ series, obviously it’s best to read in order, why would you want to miss them!? But if you haven’t read them yet don’t despair Holly weaves a line through so we can pick up the connections or just read it simply as a standalone without trying to complete the series.This time the story focuses on Isla and her cute little nephew Elliot and Leo who is actually his god-father, there is already underlying tensions from the past but can the present be any better for this little family unit? It’s up to you now to read Coming Home to Maple Cottage to find out. Your emotions will swing like a pendulum between smiles, tears and a huge lump in the throat. An utterly magical book with a cast of fabulous characters. Holly has excelled again and I hope she is busy with her next book so we don’t have to wait too long for her distinctive writing style.Thanks to the author and publisher for inviting me onto the blog blitz. I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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  • Nessa
    January 1, 1970
    Having read and loved The Holiday Cottage by the Sea #1 and The Cottage on Sunshine Beach #2, I could not wait to read Holly's newest book Coming Home to Maple Cottage #3 as I knew it would be a wonderful read and I wasn't wrong.I loved being able to return to the Sandcastle Bay, and to meet up with previous characters Tori, Aidan, Melody, Jamie, Emily and Aunt Agath to discover how they were all getting on and what was new with each of them, but also I was excited to finally be able to read Isl Having read and loved The Holiday Cottage by the Sea #1 and The Cottage on Sunshine Beach #2, I could not wait to read Holly's newest book Coming Home to Maple Cottage #3 as I knew it would be a wonderful read and I wasn't wrong.I loved being able to return to the Sandcastle Bay, and to meet up with previous characters Tori, Aidan, Melody, Jamie, Emily and Aunt Agath to discover how they were all getting on and what was new with each of them, but also I was excited to finally be able to read Isla & Leo's story in this book. It was also little Elliott's story too as he did have such an important part to play, he really is such an adorable little boy. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Isla and Leo in much more depth, although being able to experience their journey was a bit of a rollercoaster of a ride at times, the situations they had to contend with, not to mention having to deal with the past on numerous occasions. But through it all it was clear to see the chemistry and connection they had between them, but was this enough to conquer all and for them to have a happy ever after. Well that's for me to know and you to find out lol. Oh and as much as I love Leo, there were times that I wanted to bang his head against a brick wall for some of the things he said and thought. Everything about this book is picture perfect and so magical, it was all so 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. There was also plenty of giggles to be had throughout reading this book, especially involving Elliott and Aunt Agatha, some of the things that came out of their mouth, just too funny for words.For those of you that have read the previous two books, you'll understand what I mean when I say 'Oh and rest assured Aunt Agatha is still as nosy and interfering as ever, in her own loving and unique way'. If you haven't read Holly's two previous books as mentioned above, then why not, what are you waiting for. 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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  • Els
    January 1, 1970
    Family is all you need. Even though they can be annoying at times, they can also give you that one little push in the right direction.In the previous books we have seen Tori and Melody finding their way to happiness. That left us only with Isla and YESSSS, all eyes are on her this time. Love should be beautiful, but sometimes life does not make it easy and when the past starts to interfere as well, it'll be a ballroom blitz. I will give away some details. Hahaha, got you! Of course I will not gi Family is all you need. Even though they can be annoying at times, they can also give you that one little push in the right direction.In the previous books we have seen Tori and Melody finding their way to happiness. That left us only with Isla and YESSSS, all eyes are on her this time. Love should be beautiful, but sometimes life does not make it easy and when the past starts to interfere as well, it'll be a ballroom blitz. I will give away some details. Hahaha, got you! Of course I will not give away any. You will have to read the book yourself to find out how the story goes. You will not regret getting immersed in this beautiful, fluently written and emotional tale. I could not rate it less than the full 5 stars.Thank you, Holly Martin, Bookouture and Netgalleyhttps://bforbookreview.wordpress.com
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    This book oozes romance, beauty, love, friendship, family, happily ever afters and so much Christmas magic and sparkle that it had me reaching for the tissues as the thing that I wanted to happen at the end of this book series reaches it finale and I really really really hope that this isn’t that last book in the series i absolutly adored this book. It is the perfect book for this Christmas period and I absolutely loved every gorgeous moment of this beautiful book. Simply superb.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot tell you enough how excited I was to read this book. I absolutely adore Autumn and whilst we have a lot of Christmas/Winter novels, we don't have a lot of novels set in Autumn out there. So when Holly Martin (one of my fave novelists) announced her next one was set in the season, I was delighted and could not wait. The mention of the fireworks, baking cakes etc got me excited and this book certainly sets your mood!When I started getting into the book, it was like I had never left Sandca I cannot tell you enough how excited I was to read this book. I absolutely adore Autumn and whilst we have a lot of Christmas/Winter novels, we don't have a lot of novels set in Autumn out there. So when Holly Martin (one of my fave novelists) announced her next one was set in the season, I was delighted and could not wait. The mention of the fireworks, baking cakes etc got me excited and this book certainly sets your mood!When I started getting into the book, it was like I had never left Sandcastle Bay. I simply adore all of the characters, and I was so eager to find out more about Isla and Leo's relationship. I also loved that Elliot was a part of this story, everything is better with children! I was loving reading about the acorn hunts, the halloween decorating - everything! When I got to about 50% I wished there was more of it! I really enjoyed the fact that we heard about some of the other characters in the series as well - seeing how their relationships were getting on was lovely.Having said this, you could easily read this story as a standalone. You don't need to have read the others to understand what's going on because it's about completely different people essentially. One thing that made me smile in this book was the names of the cottages. Hot Chocolate Cottage was my favourite but then there was also Maple Cottage and Marshmallow Cottage (Elliot's treehouse), they all sounded lovely and homely!Overall, another fabulous novel by Holly Martin. My favourite of hers is still Christmas at Mistletoe Cove, but this is a strong contender!
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Some four years ago during the weekend of her nephew Ethan’s christening, Isla and Leo acted on the electric attraction between them, and at the celebration Isla overheard Leo speaking to another woman and decided that she was (as she had feared) just one in a long list: the night and emotions between them ignored in favor of the ‘reputation’ that her brother’s best friend took over. Now, after Matthew’s death the year before, and Isla’s stepping up to raise and care for Ethan, the little boy is Some four years ago during the weekend of her nephew Ethan’s christening, Isla and Leo acted on the electric attraction between them, and at the celebration Isla overheard Leo speaking to another woman and decided that she was (as she had feared) just one in a long list: the night and emotions between them ignored in favor of the ‘reputation’ that her brother’s best friend took over. Now, after Matthew’s death the year before, and Isla’s stepping up to raise and care for Ethan, the little boy is happy, healthy and just as any five year old should be – with his “Uncle Leo” spending time near every day with him, providing a ‘male influence’ that Isla thought so important to the little boy who lost so much. What she can’t reconcile, however, is her love for Leo and the fact that it scares the pants off her - since although he proposes marriage near every week, the thing she needs and wants, his declaration of love for her, never comes. Everyone in town sees just how well-matched the two are, even Leo’s brothers and sister see it , and the not -so-subtle nudges from his Aunt Agatha, it also appears that everyone thinks she’s being coy and foolish where Leo is concerned. They spend nearly every day together, Leo has redecorated a room for Ethan in his home, and made a ‘spare room’ comfortable for Isla for “sleepovers’, Ethan adores him, and Isla misses him when he’s not there. But she worries about the permanence – her last boyfriend never said I love you, and left her after two plus years, unwilling to take on the responsibility for Ethan. She won’t get caught again and end up like her mother – her father leaving the family when they were younger – leaving them to suffer the wrath of their grieving and angry mother as teens. For his part, Leo has never believed he’s good enough for Isla to love – he’s got a serious ‘save the world’ complex – blaming himself for his father’s death when he was young led to a less-than-savory reputation and teachers and townsfolk expecting the worst from him in every situation. His non-belief in his own worthiness led to a series of one-night-stands – never lying or offering more to the woman than that night, and several overheard conversations of scoffing women downing and disparaging him in ‘save-face’ gestures that only served to reinforce his own opinions. He’d do anything (and has) for Ethan and Isla – and when Ethan’s mother reappears after a four year absence with al efforts to find her and inform her of the hearing in which her rights will be stripped and Isla will finally adopt the little boy were unsuccessful, Leo quickly steps up to protect, shelter and find options and choices for Isla in her determination to do the best for the child. These two have been electric and so very connected from the first book in the series – despite all the grief and tumult, and even despite Isla’s stubborn determination to hold out for words and not see the multiple ways that Leo shows his devotion and love to them both, repeatedly. From his sandcastle revelation in the last book, to his willingness to step away if his reputation and presence should jeopardize Isla’s chances for adoption, to dancing around collusion with a local solicitor, his godfather, who offers to represent Ethan’s mother without actually pushing or doing much for her except convince her to sign away her rights to the child and leave, the right thing for Ethan in EVERYONE”S view, the movements, gestures and even the inordinate amount of worry that Leo brings with him, and his own failure to see that most of the ‘negatives’ are from a teenager in the throes of grief some fifteen to twenty years ago. Holly Martin has built these characters and this town with such precision and skill, introducing all of the characters that live in this seaside town and showing us their interactions and allow us into their lives. And Isla and Leo are no different – their attraction sparking between them from the beginning, with no small amount of comments from everyone. And, with Isla struggling with her own grief and pushing things aside and down to step up and care for little Ethan, sacrificing a successful career in London all to be there for the little boy, her worries that she’s not enough, and even her reluctance to lean too heavily on Leo, even when he seeks out their company – she’s the sort of person everyone would hope to have as a friend. And Leo, so perfectly patient, accommodating and changing his life and schedule to be available for Ethan and Isla at a moment’s notice – it’s no wonder Ethan sees him as much more than a ‘godfather’ and best friend of his late father- Leo has become the father figure, with all of the love, laughter and honesty one could hope for. It’s just fortunate that he and Isla finally see the light before it’s too late. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Silke
    January 1, 1970
    Coming Home to Maple Cottage is the 3the installment in the Sandcastle Bay Series. If you are curious about the first books be sure to check out my reviews for The Holiday Cottage by the Sea and The Cottage on Sunshine Beach.  Before diving in to this particular installment in the series I really need to point out how lovely the Sandcastle Bay series is. If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you might know that I am a huge Holly Martin fan and that I adore almost anything s Coming Home to Maple Cottage is the 3the installment in the Sandcastle Bay Series. If you are curious about the first books be sure to check out my reviews for The Holiday Cottage by the Sea and The Cottage on Sunshine Beach.  Before diving in to this particular installment in the series I really need to point out how lovely the Sandcastle Bay series is. If you have been following my blog for quite some time now, you might know that I am a huge Holly Martin fan and that I adore almost anything she writes. But this series is quite frankly one of the greatest series overall I have read by her hand.  I really hated to say goodbye to all these lovely characters and the lovely town that is Sandcastle Bay.Now lets dive into Coming Home to Maple Cottage. And to do that I am going to quote myself! In my review of The Holiday Cottage by the Sea I stated the following:I was even contemplating if The Holiday Cottage by the Sea was my new favorite book by her hand, but nothing will ever chance my undying love for Libby and George. So a very close second without a doubt!Well... this book changed my undying love for Libby and George. I definitely have a new favorite Holly Martin book in my hands. I just can't express how much I adore Coming Home to Maple Cottage. And to be honest I think that the main reason why I adore this book so much is because I am a mom. Coming Home is all about family, creating a safe environment for a child, giving it all you have to give and trying to be the best parent you can be. And considering I am a mom of two little munchkins myself I could really feel all the struggles Isla is facing and all the doubts she has about her parenting skills. I really felt for her. Because it is hard being a mom when you gave birth to a child and had time to grow together with them in the whole parenting routine. But Isla's life just changed over night and still she was this incredible mother for Elliot! Elliot.. I have said his name... Oh Elliot... I have no idea how Holly did it, but she drew such a realistic picture of a 4 year old... I can't count the times I was reading parts out loud to my husband and both agreeing we could be reading about our own son! You will fall in love with him while reading this story. And he won't be the only one who steals your heart. I was really surprised how fast I fell for Leo. In the previous books he was my least favorite character, but I really enjoyed his story-line. He is not the sweet guy you normally meet in Holly's books. His character has more layers and feels a little darker. A real addition the the male lead, I must say!Needless to say how much I enjoyed and even loved Coming Home to Maple Cottage. Although I am a huge fan of Holly's Christmas books I must say I loved her representation of fall and Halloween in this setting. You can almost smell the fall leaves while reading. For me Coming Home to Maple Cottage felt like drinking a pumpkin spice latte after a long walk in the fall sun. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more! 
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  • Fiona Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a book which had me shouting and washing the characters would get their act together and stop messing about.This is the third book in this series but it also does well as a standalone.Isla and Leo are in a difficult situation which is made even worse by the appearance of someone from the past who is out to make trouble. This part of the story turns a lighthearted read into something far more. I read this almost in one sitting as I was so invested in the story. Another great read from th This was a book which had me shouting and washing the characters would get their act together and stop messing about.This is the third book in this series but it also does well as a standalone.Isla and Leo are in a difficult situation which is made even worse by the appearance of someone from the past who is out to make trouble. This part of the story turns a lighthearted read into something far more. I read this almost in one sitting as I was so invested in the story. Another great read from the author.Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy.
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  • Donna Maguire
    January 1, 1970
    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I adored this story, it was everything I want from this kind of book – I love this author’s books and this one had excellent characterisation and interaction from the main characters.The story flows very well and I loved the plot line. This is the third book in the Sandcastle Bay series but I thought it read fine as a stand alone. Sandcastle Bay is definitely a place I wish I could visit!5 stars from me – it is a heart-warming story that I thoroughly enjoy https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...I adored this story, it was everything I want from this kind of book – I love this author’s books and this one had excellent characterisation and interaction from the main characters.The story flows very well and I loved the plot line. This is the third book in the Sandcastle Bay series but I thought it read fine as a stand alone. Sandcastle Bay is definitely a place I wish I could visit!5 stars from me – it is a heart-warming story that I thoroughly enjoyed and best of all it made me laugh!
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  • Meg Dean
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! That was an emotional rollercoaster ride!!!I love this series and I hope this isn't the end of it...of course I always say that about Holly Martin's books don't I? If you want a lovely series of #ChickLit books...Sandcastle Bay fits the bill nicely!
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  • Vickie Richens
    January 1, 1970
    Love her books, downloaded it and read it on the plane journey, what to read on the plane home
  • Steph Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    An utterly gorgeous book. This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!A picture-perfect setting, the small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.The story isn’t just about Isla and Leo, but also her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Some of the things Elliot came out with made me laugh, especially in front of Aunt Agatha or one of her friends. I was definitely cringeing al An utterly gorgeous book. This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!A picture-perfect setting, the small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.The story isn’t just about Isla and Leo, but also her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Some of the things Elliot came out with made me laugh, especially in front of Aunt Agatha or one of her friends. I was definitely cringeing along with Isla. Most of the cast were in ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ and ‘The Cottage at Sunshine Beach’, which I also adored. This can easily be read as a standalone though.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.Escape to Sandcastle Bay in your imagination, like I did. It was nice to catch up with the area and with the people I feel like I know!Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com...
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  • Emma Crowley
    January 1, 1970
    Coming Home to Maple Cottage is the concluding book in the Sandcastle Bay series by Holly Martin. This really has been such a brilliant series of interconnected love stories from Holly packed full of warmth, love, affection, friendship, community spirit and lots of laugh out loud moments which add such light and shade to each couple's story. I can't say which story I preferred the most because truly each one was unique and special in their own little ways. Usually when it comes to a series from Coming Home to Maple Cottage is the concluding book in the Sandcastle Bay series by Holly Martin. This really has been such a brilliant series of interconnected love stories from Holly packed full of warmth, love, affection, friendship, community spirit and lots of laugh out loud moments which add such light and shade to each couple's story. I can't say which story I preferred the most because truly each one was unique and special in their own little ways. Usually when it comes to a series from this author I love the first book and find the subsequent two just OK but here each book was just such a fantastic read and that's thanks in part to the wonderful characters she has created but also the setting.Through such visual descriptions I really felt Sandcastle Bay came alive and leaped off the pages into my heart. The entire concept of following a man and women on their journey to establishing themselves as one unit, as a couple has been interesting and engaging and really you are rooting for them from page one. Yes the eventual outcome is more than obvious from the start but it's the journey that the author takes us on in order to reach that point of affirmation is what has made me thoroughly enjoy this series from beginning to end.Coming Home to Maple Cottage had such a lovely autumnal feel to it, just perfect for this time of year as the leaves change colour on the trees and we enjoy the outdoors as much as we can before those long, dark days of winter draw in. It was also refreshing to see a book set during this season as so many now tend to focus on Christmas, not that there is anything wrong with that. I enjoy a good Christmas read as much as the next person but change is also welcome too. Those new to this series needn't worry in the slightest that they would not be able to follow the trials and tribulations of Isla and Leo as Holly so effortlessly weaves in the back story of the various characters we have met before. I love the way she does this whilst at the same time she is canny enough in giving fans snippets of new information and we get to see how things are progressing along with Melody and Jamie and Tori and Aidan.But now our attention focuses solely on Isla and Leo and perhaps this was the story I was waiting for most of all. We have seen in books one and two how an exceptional bond has grown between the pair as they care for Elliot following the death of his father Matthew who was brother to Isla and Melody. Isla has adjusted to her new life in Sandcastle Bay leaving behind the bright lights of London where she was a window dresser. She has grown to love her new lifestyle but the worry always remains at the back of her mind will she be able to adopt Elliot or will the mother who abandoned him return before said adoption can be completed?Leo has been Isla's backbone and strength, he is kind, wonderful, generous and funny. He is a man who really stepped up to the plate and given he wouldn't be known for this as his past with women leaves a lot to be desired, Isla appreciates every minute of the time he spends with herself and Elliot. Leo truly is taking his godfather duties seriously and his loyalty to his friend Matthew can clearly be seen by everyone. What also can clearly be seen especially by his aunt Agatha and also his brothers Aidan and Jamie is that Leo does have strong feelings for Isla. He wonders are these reciprocated? Can the ladies man be tamed? Yes he may have proposed to Isla every week since she came to the bay but she doesn't believe he is genuine rather that he feels obliged given the situation they find themselves in.Leo has previously said he doesn't do marriage or happy ever afters. He feels he ruins things and things never work out for him. To be honest as much as I loved Leo and admired him so much for all that he did for Elliott, at the same time he needed a good talking too. Why oh why can't people see what is right there before their eyes? Why do they put themselves through so much angst, confusion and upset before the clouds part and everything becomes clear? Yes if this would have happened earlier on there would have been no story to read but someone did need to sit down and say Leo, get a grip and take a leap of faith. Complicated love is not the word and the reader does question at times will things just get too much and everything backfire and explode just like the fireworks displays Leo puts together?Isla is my favourite of all the women characters. On the face of it she is strong and would like to be independent but underneath it all she has a vulnerable, soft side where she is reluctant to let her heart fully open to love for fear of getting hurt. She would love nothing more than cementing the family unit she has established with Leo with the fun and loveable Elliott at its centre but that fear and anxiety rears its ugly head time and time again. Similar to Leo I wanted Isla to just go for it and see where the wind would take her. On both Leo and Isla's part there are a lot of guilt and worries they need to work through and by being open and honest is the only way of achieving this and emerging on the other side stronger and united. But there are certain forces begin to rear their heads which will test Isla to the max. Can she cope with these as well as deal with Leo?I loved how every now and again Isla really let her inhibitions, beliefs and viewpoints fall by the wayside and caution was throw to the wind. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was roaring laughing at one or two of the unfortunate, compromising scenes that featured at just the right times. Oh how I cringed for her but Holly Martin always provides her readers with such humour bound up in a feel good romance that just adds so much to the overall story. On the opposite side of the coin to this I thought the scene where Isla speaks to Matthew in the graveyard was so poignant and brought a smile to my face yet it really struck a chord with me and I admire the way Holly wrote this so sensitively and honestly.This wouldn't be an autumnal book if Holly had mentioned some autumn celebrations and festivities. I'm always amazed at the events she comes up with, be it set during Christmas or summertime. So mentions of acorn hunting, pumpkin carving competitions and Halloween fancy dress parades were so apt for this book and added that little bit of extra sparkle and magic. The acorn hunting scene in particular was just brilliant. The pure innocence of Elliot spilling forth everything he had seen and heard was hilarious but oh so mortifying for the characters involved. Talk about taking literally everything on board and bringing it up at the most inopportune of times.Coming Home to Maple Cottage was a joy to read and the perfect conclusion to a lovely series which got better and better with each book. It showed how a couple navigate through a world of uncertainty in search of reassurance and love. Their journey was a memorable one filled with lots of people I won't forget in a hurry that's for certain. This is a book I would definitely recommend. It's an ideal read to curl up with on the couch and lose yourself in the captivating, sweet, cosy and uplifting story. Make sure you don't leave it too long before you read it.
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  • Julie Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Anyone who has read a book by Holly Martin before knows what to expect and the lovely cover of the book gives more clues that this is a warm romantic read, perfect for these lengthening autumn evenings when all you want to do is draw the curtains and hunker down with a mug of hot chocolate and a cosy read.The book is set in the friendly little seaside town of Sandcastle Bay. However, this idyll has only become home again to Isla Rosewood following the tragic death of her brother, Matthew, which Anyone who has read a book by Holly Martin before knows what to expect and the lovely cover of the book gives more clues that this is a warm romantic read, perfect for these lengthening autumn evenings when all you want to do is draw the curtains and hunker down with a mug of hot chocolate and a cosy read.The book is set in the friendly little seaside town of Sandcastle Bay. However, this idyll has only become home again to Isla Rosewood following the tragic death of her brother, Matthew, which has resulted in Isla being forced to abandon her life in London and being dumped by her long-term boyfriend so she can return home and take up guardianship of her five-year-old nephew, Elliot. She is slowly rebuilding a life for the two of them with the help of the close-knit community in Sandcastle Bay, including her friends and family and, particularly, Matthew’s best friend Leo Jackson. But then all of this is put in jeopardy by an unwelcome arrival in the town…There is much to love about this book. The characters are all warm and likeable; Holly has a flair for writing people that you are drawn to. Isla’s plight is interesting and compelling enough to have you desperate to find out what is going to happen and invested in the story to the final page. Leo is a suitable attractive but flawed romantic lead in the best traditions of the genre so I was praying for things to work out between him and Isla, essential in a book of this kind. There is also a supporting cast of interesting townsfolk, some of whom bring a welcome comic streak to the story with their small town gossiping and I was cringing along with Isla at times, but it was a very accurate portrayal of how small towns work.I did have a couple of problems with this book. A minor one was some of the names – they are way out there on the tweeness scale, even more so than in normal in one of Holly’s book, so sugary they made my teeth hurt. Hot Chocolate Cottage was a step too far for me, I’m afraid. The relationships in this town were also much too interwoven. All the sisters and brothers hooking up, not over-keen on that as a plot point, I have to admit.My main issue was with one of the major plot devices. I don’t want to give too much away but, as a solicitor, I have to say that I could not suspend my disbelief enough to accept the actions of one of the characters. I just don’t believe it would happen like that. Even with all the poetic licence in the world it just did not ring true. Sorry. It did rather spoil the book for me and I wish Holly had found some other way of dealing with that aspect of the story.On the up side, I really loved all the little autumnal details that were in there with the festivities and activities. And the romance between Isla and Leo was completely authentic and I loved that aspect of the book.This is a sweet story and I am sure fans of Holly’s will love it, it has all the elements present that make her books os popular. There was a lot in it that I enjoyed and I am not sorry I read it. Even with the drawbacks, I was still eager to read to the end, but I could have enjoyed it more if some of the above issues had been different. Good, but not perfect, but you should read it and make your own judgement.
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  • Robin Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com.My rating 4.5 StarsWhat an endearing read! How can you not love a story where three people just need to be made into a family? Isla Rosewood has left a glamorous life in London to become mother to her orphaned nephew. She tragically lost her brother Matthew and is now guardian to five-year-old Elliot. When Elliot was born, Leo Jackson, Matthew's best friend, was made his godfather. Now both Isla and Leo are devoted to Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com.My rating 4.5 StarsWhat an endearing read! How can you not love a story where three people just need to be made into a family? Isla Rosewood has left a glamorous life in London to become mother to her orphaned nephew. She tragically lost her brother Matthew and is now guardian to five-year-old Elliot. When Elliot was born, Leo Jackson, Matthew's best friend, was made his godfather. Now both Isla and Leo are devoted to Elliot. They also become very best friends. While it is true that they did share one idyllic night together several years previously, their time and attention is directed towards Elliot.All Leo wants to do is to take care of Isla and Elliot and repeatedly asks her to marry him. She staunchly refuses each time, because she wants love in her marriage, not companionship. Since Leo cannot offer that to her, Isla just wants him to continue to be there for the child.What marvelous characters. Coming Home to Maple Cottage is the third in the series. We are brought back into so many lives where love has been found. Now all of them are very concerned, and want Leo and Isla to find that kind of love for each other. While the love story was utterly endearing, the character who stole my heart is little Elliot. What a kid! I absolutely love children in these tender romances. He did not take over the story in any way, but did play a warm, pivotal role. He is a delightful bundle of energy that I am certain most readers will adore as much as I did. Another fun character is Aunt Agatha. She absolutely tickled me.I did find a couple of minor issues with the story, including the behavior of one of the characters, which I found a bit less than ethical. But this community is so tight-knit that they bent over backwards to protect the interests of the little family of Leo, Isla and Elliot. One gentle factor in this story is the romance itself. Leo held himself back from Isla, and the reasons were truly heartbreaking. I did truly enjoy the setting in the book, and loved the descriptive nature of even the beach at one point - "the sea today an inky blue under a mackerel sky." The colorist in me wanted to pull out my supplies!Don't miss this tender, engaging read by Holly Martin. The entire series is a true delight and is definitely one not to be missed. Although this certainly could be read as a standalone, I do believe readers will enjoy the entire series as a whole.Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved the earlier books in this series so was really anticipating this one - and I wasn't disappointed! Mind you, with this talented author, I really didn't expect anything but the best. What a fantastic addition to the series it is, I just didn't want to put it down. From the very start I was whisked back to Sandcastle Bay with all its fascinating and fantastic characters and I didn't want to leave until all the turmoil had been resolved.The focus for this story are Isla Rosewood, her neph I've loved the earlier books in this series so was really anticipating this one - and I wasn't disappointed! Mind you, with this talented author, I really didn't expect anything but the best. What a fantastic addition to the series it is, I just didn't want to put it down. From the very start I was whisked back to Sandcastle Bay with all its fascinating and fantastic characters and I didn't want to leave until all the turmoil had been resolved.The focus for this story are Isla Rosewood, her nephew Elliot and Leo Jackson. Isla moved to the seaside community after the tragic death of her brother Matthew to raise her nephew, giving up her career and home in London. She's consistently being helped by Leo, Elliot's godfather who was also Matthew's best friend - and someone she had a memorable night with when she came to Elliot's christening several years ago. Leo is now Isla's best friend, too, and he keeps asking her to marry him but she keeps refusing. The two are very much in love with each other and also love Elliot, but Isla refuses to marry for convenience, she wants to marry someone who truly loves her and her nephew. Leo does love her but doesn't feel worthy of Isla and is reticent to admit his feelings as he feels too guilty. Can the two ever admit their feelings and give their love a chance? When someone they thought had left for ever, their chance of forming a family together look seriously in danger, only by supporting and working together can they hope to succeed.As the complicated situation gets even more tangled there's plenty of angst and turmoil, along with meddling relatives, to keep you guessing - and Leo's aunt will have you laughing, too! The well developed characters will have you chuckling, anxious, grinning, worried and so much more on this emotional roller coaster read. It is another fantastic romance, this time with added suspense, and is an enthralling, highly entertaining read. I loved it and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending it and everything else I've read by this superbly talented author. Whilst I particularly enjoyed being able to reconnect with the characters from earlier books in the series, I suspect that this could also be read and enjoyed as a standalone - but the other stories are great, too, so I recommend reading them all!I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    ***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Holly Martin.***Coming Home to Maple Cottage, by Holly Martin, is the third in the Sandcastle Bay series. Isla is trying to sort out her new life since her brother Matthew’s death. She needs a job and is trying to finalize her nephew Elliot’s adoption. Together, Leo and Isla have become best friends and parents to Elliot. Their feelings are plain to anyone who observes them, but Isla wan ***I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Holly Martin.***Coming Home to Maple Cottage, by Holly Martin, is the third in the Sandcastle Bay series. Isla is trying to sort out her new life since her brother Matthew’s death. She needs a job and is trying to finalize her nephew Elliot’s adoption. Together, Leo and Isla have become best friends and parents to Elliot. Their feelings are plain to anyone who observes them, but Isla wants to marry for love, not out of obligation. Both Leo and Isla are sure the other doesn’t feel the same way they do. When Elliot’s birth mother shows up making demands, it might finally be the push that our couple needs to admit they’ve fallen for one another.I read book 2 in this series and this one has a very similar feel to it. It’s hard not to want good things for Isla, who left a life in London behind to become Leo’s mum after her brother’s death. She has such a good heart. She and Leo make a lovely couple. Leo is charming and thoughtful and has upended his life to be a father figure for Elliot. I admit I was annoyed by how little he thought of himself. He was way too focused on guilt over Matthew’s death, mistakes he made in his youth and the crappy things some nasty people in Sandcastle Bay have said about him. I’m not sure Sandcastle Bay is a nice place to live at all in fact, lol. There are certainly a lot of people who want to throw shade! We get to meet many of the characters we met in book 2 again. Elliot provides lots of humour being a curious little boy who likes to talk, asking every embarrassing question and telling anyone the answer to something if he knows it. Agatha also makes a return, and I was equally irritated by her nosy nature and assumptions in this story, though in this story her friends that report back to her were probably nosier than she was. Isla’s and Leo’s family and friends provide wonderful love and support to the couple.This was a fast, cute read. I think it could easily be read as a standalone. If you’re looking for a light romance with very little angst, this one might be right up your alley.
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  • Simona
    January 1, 1970
    *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*This story blew me away!!! GORGEOUS and AMAZING!But let me start at the beginning. The story follows Isla Rosewood, who is looking after her nephew Elliot, ever since his father Matthew died. Matthew was Isla’s brother and she wants to look after the boy now. Elliot’s mother walked away years ago and has no interest in the boy. Elliot is five years old now and so adorable. Leo Jackson is Elliot’s godfather and was Matthews best fri *Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*This story blew me away!!! GORGEOUS and AMAZING!But let me start at the beginning. The story follows Isla Rosewood, who is looking after her nephew Elliot, ever since his father Matthew died. Matthew was Isla’s brother and she wants to look after the boy now. Elliot’s mother walked away years ago and has no interest in the boy. Elliot is five years old now and so adorable. Leo Jackson is Elliot’s godfather and was Matthews best friend. He wants the best for the little boy and is there for him and Isla every day. He blames himself for Matthew’s death, even though it’s not his fault. He fights with these doubts and cannot really be honest about his feelings. On top of that there is his past, he was a womanizer and had a lot of girls. Is he ready to settle down?!Both Isla and Leo want the best for Elliot and fight for it. Obviously they also spend a lot of time with each other. Let me just say this: They are made for each other!!! Their connection is something else. They understand each other, know what the other wants and their feelings are very deep. I really like how Holly Martin captured their emotions. You can feel the love through the pages and their chemistry seems so real. There are so many wonderful scenes and moments in this book, between Isla and Leo, but also the three of them as a family. Holly Martin created some fabulous characters, added an exciting and touching storyline and the setting is a bonus as well of course. Lots autumnal events like fireworks or pumpkin craving, so much fun to read about these activities. They spice up the plot. Then there is Sadie, Elliot’s mum, who wants money for the house Isla and Elliot live in. This adds a lot of drama, since we don’t know if she wants Elliot as well. There was one thing that I didn't really like in the end. the epilogue is adorable, but the way the whole Sadie thing was resolve was way too quick and not realistic in my eyes. It was a big topic throughout the book and in the end it was mentioned in a quick sentence. I couldn’t put this book down! This book has so much magic, it’s beautifully written and touches the heart. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the writing. Holly Martin is a very talented author, who can create a unique, authentic and amazing atmosphere. WONDERFUL!!!
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  • Maryline M's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    This review was first published at M's BookshelfWhat a beautiful, moving, and addictive novel by Holly Martin, yet again. Holly has yet to write a book I don't love. I absolutely adore reading her books. Somehow though, 'Coming Home to Maple Cottage' had an extra spark I didn't even realize her books needed. Because even though I really loved reading the first 2 books in this series (and the series before this one), 'Maple Cottage' digs a bit deeper than the others. Elliot, as well as the issues This review was first published at M's BookshelfWhat a beautiful, moving, and addictive novel by Holly Martin, yet again. Holly has yet to write a book I don't love. I absolutely adore reading her books. Somehow though, 'Coming Home to Maple Cottage' had an extra spark I didn't even realize her books needed. Because even though I really loved reading the first 2 books in this series (and the series before this one), 'Maple Cottage' digs a bit deeper than the others. Elliot, as well as the issues of grief, loss, parenting and responsibilities his character introduces to this story, add an entire new layer to Holly Martin's writing. And I love it. "Sweet" is no longer enough to cover the feeling of this book. The love and attraction between all Holly's characters is always intense, but here again Leo and Isla surpass all the other romances in Sandcastle Bay and in previous series. The banter between the characters and the horribly embarrassing situations had me laughing out loud, I - again - had little patience for the meddlesome elderly villagers (but secretly loved them anyway), and fell a little bit more in love with Elliot with each chapter. His sweet and unbiased love and affection made me cry, as well as the wonderful and unconditional bonds of family and friendship.Magical berry's, sand- and pumpkin sculptures, eclectic jewelry and fireworks, Sandcastle Bay is unique, meddlesome, a bit strange... but most of all a place I would love to live.
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  • Emma Star Crossed Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. I have been eagerly awaiting this book since this series began back in April. Isla and Leo are so obviously perfect for each other and I had more than a little crush on Leo.Leo and Isla This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley and for letting me take part in this tour. I have been eagerly awaiting this book since this series began back in April. Isla and Leo are so obviously perfect for each other and I had more than a little crush on Leo.Leo and Isla have been friends for years but over the last year and a half they have grown closer than ever. They spend every day together and probably have a closer relationship than most actual couples.I loved that it was set at autumn time. Most books skip straight from summer to Christmas so it was a nice change to have a crisp autumnal setting instead. Holly has outdone herself with this book. The characters are so real and the issues in this book really pull on the heart strings. Losing Matthew has been hard on not only Isla but also Leo and the rest of the family. As well as many emotional scenes Holly had me crying with laughter. Most of these involved little Elliot who just became funnier and funnier as the book progressed. I really enjoyed my trips to Sandcastle Bay and I will miss this cast of characters but I also look forward to meeting a new bunch of characters in whatever wonderful place Holly takes us to next.
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  • Lisa Leone-campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin is a romantic feel-good novel in the genre of Debbie Macomber. It is a series but each book tells the story of a particular character therefore you don't have to read them in order.Isla Rosewood's life is upturned when her brother passes away suddenly and she becomes guardian along with her brother's best friend Lou Jackson to his young son Elliot. Isla leaves London, her work and her boyfriend to head back to Sandcastle Bay to become an instant mothe Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin is a romantic feel-good novel in the genre of Debbie Macomber. It is a series but each book tells the story of a particular character therefore you don't have to read them in order.Isla Rosewood's life is upturned when her brother passes away suddenly and she becomes guardian along with her brother's best friend Lou Jackson to his young son Elliot. Isla leaves London, her work and her boyfriend to head back to Sandcastle Bay to become an instant mother. Lou, who although has a history of being a womanizer, and a troubled past, must try to rise to the occasion and be the father he knows his best friend would have wanted him to be.With a bit of history behind them, Isla and Lou begin to co-parent Elliot as "best friends" and both fall madly in love with their young charge. Just as they begin to feel like a true family, Elliot's real mother Sadie, who left Sandcastle Bay when Elliot was a baby returns with demands which tests their relationship both as a couple, and as a family.A sweet story about trust, love and family I recommend Coming Home to Maple Cottage. The book comes out September 28. Thank you Bookouture and Netgalley for the advanced copy. #NetGalley#Coming Home to Maple Cottage. Please visit Lisa's Cubby at Lisascubby.com for more reviews.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    Coming Home To Maple Cottage is the final book in the latest series by Holly Martin - and definitely the one I’ve been waiting for.I bought the first two but simply couldn’t wait to find out Isla and Leo’s story so turned to NetGalley to get an early fix.The story is just as good as I hoped it would be; a rollercoaster of a tale full of heart and humour - and exactly what I’ve come to expect from Holly, who writes with such wonderful warmth.While I think this book would work as a standalone, I d Coming Home To Maple Cottage is the final book in the latest series by Holly Martin - and definitely the one I’ve been waiting for.I bought the first two but simply couldn’t wait to find out Isla and Leo’s story so turned to NetGalley to get an early fix.The story is just as good as I hoped it would be; a rollercoaster of a tale full of heart and humour - and exactly what I’ve come to expect from Holly, who writes with such wonderful warmth.While I think this book would work as a standalone, I definitely felt more connected to all of the characters knowing a bit more of their backstory from The Holiday Cottage By The Sea (book 1) and The Cottage On Sunshine Beach (2). While I enjoyed all three, I think because Isla and Leo’s story had been teased in the other two, this was the one I was most looking forward to.As always, Holly creates a cast of eclectic, likeable characters who can all see how much Isla and Leo belong together – and do their best to help them along.Little Elliot provides a fair few comedy moments – along with the indomitable Agatha - as well as provoking a few tears too.While I’m happy to know how Isla and Leo’s story concludes, I’m sad that there are no more books in the series to look forward to. The only consolation is that hopefully, even as I type, Holly is hard at work on her next story.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to take a break from chillers and thrillers and try a different genre. I jumped in with this one not realising it was the third book, but that didn't seem to matter. It was a very enjoyable read and a delightful story. When Isla Rosewood's brother Matthew dies, Isla leaves London and her career behind to travel to Sandcastle Bay and take custody of her four-year-old nephew, Elliot. Leo Jackson is her "friend" and he's a one-night-stand type of man whereas Isla is the relationship type. I decided to take a break from chillers and thrillers and try a different genre. I jumped in with this one not realising it was the third book, but that didn't seem to matter. It was a very enjoyable read and a delightful story. When Isla Rosewood's brother Matthew dies, Isla leaves London and her career behind to travel to Sandcastle Bay and take custody of her four-year-old nephew, Elliot. Leo Jackson is her "friend" and he's a one-night-stand type of man whereas Isla is the relationship type. The pair of them tiptoe around each other, but neither commits. Leo has poor self-worth and believes he's not worthy of Isla's love. He beats himself up continually over incidents in the past and has a massive persecution complex. Can Isla tame him? Isla and Leo have a touching relationship with Elliot. Matthew left him in good hands as Isla is inventive and a fantastic mother. In turn, Leo shows a great deal of affection for his godson and spends a lot of time with him. Elliot is a little character, and I thought the portrait of him was particularly on the ball. The road to love has plenty of ups and downs. A tears and laughter book. From the snowy cover, I had deduced it was a Christmas read, but it's set in Autumn. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture.
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