by Holly Martin
Synopsis: Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…
Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…
But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.
Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?
My Review: I picked up this book on a recommendation from a Goodreads friend and am I glad I did. I needed a feel good read and this fit the bill and more. This is a romance that has it all, great characters, a good story, lust, sex, family drama, new beginnings and a great setting.
Bella is a young woman who is down on her luck. She has no money for food or rent. She is eating porridge for every meal. She lost her job when the charitable organization she worked for shut down due to the founders embezzling funds. Unfortunately she has a questionable cloud over her, even though she had nothing to do with it. She was abandoned by her parents at a very young age and feels she is completely unlovable. She has erected walls around herself to keep safe from falling for any man, until Issac walks into her life.
Bella has applied for a job as the events coordinator for the Umbrella Organization. Issac, the CEO and founder, has a unique way of testing his applicants for the job. He dresses as a homeless man and meets them at their homes to see how they respond. Bella, with a heart of gold, not only offers to help him, but invites him in to shower, eat and spend the night on her couch. They begin to talk and Issac finds out what a giving, smart, fun person Bella is. Of course, she does not have any idea who this man is. When she finds out, sparks fly. I do not want to say anymore about the story because you need to read it and learn about their story on your own, it will draw you right in.
The setting of the small island where everyone knows everyone else’s business is great. It seems everywhere Bella goes she either runs into someone she knew from school, or someone is asking her about something going on in her life before she has even told anyone. Her family, aunt, uncle, and cousins, who she lived with and that raised her, are great. They love her like she is a daughter and sister and they are the only ones she trusts and loves. There are introductions of other characters, who I hope will be the love interests of Eden and Rome in further books in this series, and I am looking forward to them. This book will make a wonderful summer/beach/poolside read. Pick it up, you won’t regret it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Caution: Sex scenes included