Blog Tour Book Review: Summer at Rose Island, by Holly Martin

Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Summer at rose island
Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Summer at Rose Island!

Having adored the first two book’s in Holly’s White Cliff Bay series, I absolutely leapt at the chance to take part in this book tour and get my greedy paws on Summer at Rose Island. As my regular followers will know, I’ve had a (rather long) hiatus from blogging and reading lately, and I could not have picked a better book to get back into it with.

Within the first few pages, Summer at Rose Island enveloped me in a warmth that feels like home, and I knew it was going to be right up there with the other books in the series.

We meet Darcy Davenport, who’s just moved to White Cliff Bay to escape her London life and disapproving parents, fleeing to the town where she spent many a happy childhood holiday with her beloved aunt. She has some spare time before starting her new job, which gives her the chance to get to know the locals and fall further in love with the town, and it doesn’t take long for her to be a part of the small town life, especially when she finds out the lighthouse is due to be demolished, she does all she can to help out.

Riley Eddison, on the other hand, – gorgeous, sexy, cowboy hat-wearing, intriguing, mysterious, wonderful Riley (yes I’m book-crushing, #sorrynotsorry) – is somewhat of a recluse, and has no intention in getting caught up in the ways of  a small town. Even he, however, can’t help noticing the town’s new redhead, but that doesn’t mean he plans on changing his ways.

Personally, I’ve wanted to move to White Cliff Bay since the first book in the series, Christmas at Lilac Cottage, came out (yes, I am aware that both the town and, sadly, the men are fictional!) and it was so lovely getting to catch up with the familiar faces from the previous two books, who feel like firm old friends and who provide some much loved entertainment! (Honestly, when Darcy meets Libby and George…full on lolz).

I truly loved Penny and Libby in the previous books, but Darcy just totally tipped the scales for me, I LOVE her. Largely in part due to me being a devout sea-lover, wannabe marine biologist who wants to be (/believes she is) a mermaid (don’t judge me). I just connected with her on so many levels. I fell in love with her unadulterated enthusiasm and adorable nerdiness. I’m fairly certain we’d be bezzies.

I also loved Darcy’s determination to help out the town and the connection she felt to both the place and the people. Speaking of connections… the chemistry between her and Riley was pretty damn hot right from the start, and I was eager for her to break down his barriers.

In conclusion, what can I say? There’s not a thing I can fault in this book. Holly has nailed it again with a gorgeous story that draws you in like an old friend, with a wonderful main character and super sexy man-candy, what’s not to love?

Now how do I go about moving to White Cliff Bay??

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Release date: 13 May 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
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About Holly Martin

Holly MartinI live in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years before History Off The Page came to my school to do a Tudor day. I now drive round the country in my little white van, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next.

I love to write. The characters do exactly what I want them to do, most of the time. Sometimes they do seem to go off and do their own thing without my permission. It is complete escapism into a world where I have full control.

I’ve been writing for four years now, every spare second I have, I’m scribbling ideas in a notebook or typing a scene on my laptop. I have written three romantic fiction books. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were recently shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award. My short story, One Hundred Proposals, won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology.

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