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!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 5 stars
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?
Publication date : 28th September, 2018
Publisher : Bookouture
Oh! I need to read this one. You know, my TBR just keeps growing because of you 😘
Can I say the same about you? I am still waiting for the flight book to come into sale… Sighhh
Just positively influencing each other. 😏😂
What a glowing review! It sounds like it was a really well-balanced book.
It just touched me…
This was such a lovely review (pun intended😂). Seriously though, thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, and it made me smile as well seeing your love for this novel shine through in your writing about it. It’s always nice when a book manages to really capture your heart, and it sounds like this one did! Really happy for you that you had a great time reading this Shalini😘😊
I did… This was one of the best romantic books I’ve read in a long, long time❤️❤️
I’m very happy to hear that! Hopefully the next books that you are going to be reading will be just as good 😊
Oh yes, they were.. Baby, I am scheduled till the 17th of Oct. Bam!! Done!!
Haha. That is so good to hear: Really, I am very happy for you 😘😊
I was a maniac when they rejected me… This weekend I was supposed to read.. I slept 😂😂
Lol, well…sometimes one needs sleep too you know? Even though I always say that sleep is overrated lol 😂😂
I don’t think it is overrated as sleep reboots brain… And I need that badly
Lol, true 😊😊 Maybe I am CGI though, as I seem to not need much sleep overall😂😂
You are probably just ANIME
It does sound cute. Reminds me of an English movie I watched with Ashton Kutcher I think. The kind of stuff I could watch or read any number of times. Nice review Shalini
Thank you so much Smitha. I seem to have missed a lot of your posts. Will read them soon
That’s ok Shalini. I’ve been busy too and feel very guilty that I haven’t been able to catch up either.
Great review Shalini. I’m glad this one had the layers you were looking for. I need to try a Holly Martin book. Sounds like my kind of story.
Beautiful book. In all the others things were toooooo sweet.. This had a bit of a bite and twist… So a lovely read
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! 😊
Fabulous review !
Woo, you got it! So glad you loved it too!
I loved it…. Simply fab
A very valuable review Shalini, making me think about a contemporary romance 😊. I mean reading
brilliant review – touching in every way – thank you for introducing us all to this
Oh Afzal that is so sweet of you to say that.
it is all true and thank you again Shalini
What a lovely review, Shalini. I felt like I was reading the book along with you. Your words enticed me and made me want to check this one out. Hope you are having a nice weekend. 🙂
My weekend is done. I slept so I consider that as a job well done… Thank you. This was a very warm book
Have a fab day and loving peaceful week
Amazing review Shalini, I’m intrigued, this sounds a lot of fun!!
This was really heartwarming I just hugged the book, rather hugged my kindle😉😂😂
I love this series! I think I’m behind a book. Wonderful review, Shalini!
This was so completely beautiful Jennifer❤️
I get greedy for more too when I find an author with the magical pen 😉
Haha I agree
This sounds good!
It was heart warming ❤️
The best kind for Fall!
Love love love your review! I finish this yesterday will be on my blog tomorrow and I absolutely loved it! It was my favorite of the series and I’m so going to miss these characters and this lovely chunk of the world!💕💕
I agree this was the best book I have read of Holly.
Glad you found love in this book, Shalini!!! Your review is so wonderful—I love the way you wrote it! 💕
I love books which love me back 😂😂❤️❤️
It’s the least they can do!!! 💕😂
YAY! You are on a happy streak with some great books you can love and produce awesome reviews. Love the enthusiasm!
Yeah Baby, I have read such lovely books. My posts are scheduled till the 18th. I am on a roll!!
So glad you loved this book. I am reading this series this month, so can I just copy and paste your review when I do. This was a wonderful review that really tells me how great this book is.
I am sure you are gonna love them all
From the reviews I have read, I am sure I will.
Great review Shalini! Holly Martin is one I need to read more of someday.
This series is good. This last book was the best
Love is always memorable when it is bumpy. …. so very true in life and in books. Lol
Gee thanks Shalini… like I really needed another book/ series to add to my list!!!!!
Excuse me, I have started reading cozies thanks to you!! And they are expensive on Amazon 😉😉😂😂
LOL. Hey… I keep trying to send you to the KU ones. On that note….. Go check out the Cue Ball Mysteries 😉
Cue ball? Hehehe wish Nicole was here