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.
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 Agatha 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.
About the author:-
Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books
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