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Review – Summer at Rose Island

Review – Summer at Rose IslandSummer at Rose Island by Holly Martin
Published by Bookouture on May 13th 2016
Pages: 311
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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.
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.

Darcy has moved to White Cliff Bay to be close to the sea and the memories of her aunt. She is taken with the lighthouse at Rose Island. Though not so taken at first, with the grumpy owner. She finds to her dismay that the lighthouse is to be torn down, she starts a campaign to save it. In trying to save the lighthouse she falls for its owner Riley. Will she save the lighthouse? What will come of her and Riley?

In an Oyster Shell – Another laugh out loud heartwarming read. I’ve learned to expect nothing less from Holly Martin.

The Pearls –  The setting of this series has me hooked. The small town of White Cliff Bay had me coming back again and again. It’s a small town with great characters set quaintly by the sea. What’s not to love.

The character of this story are well developed and really funny. I like that we get to see characters from other books in the series. It makes the story being told come even more alive. I got lost in the story because I love the characters. I really care what happens to them. I love that we get to see so much from Libby and George the couple from the last book Snowflake on Silver Cove. 

The romance of this book was sweet. Though this time it was a little over the top. I liked the interaction of Riley and Darcy. I liked that she was firey and he was a broody songwriter. It made for a hot romance.

The Sand – The romance was a little too sappy this time. There were some really sentimental moments that made me read through that section quickly.

3.5 Stars

About Holly Martin

I 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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