4.5 Stars: 

Published June 22nd 2018 by Bookouture

Another trip to Sandcastle Bay and a visit with friends I met in The Holiday Cottage by the Sea. Again I listened to this one and enjoyed it just as much as the first one in the series. The narrator, Penny Andrews made me feel like I was right in the middle of the story, watching and listening.

This story has Melody Rosewood as the main female character and Jamie Jackson as the male lead in this charming romance. Melody moved to Sandcastle Bay after the death of her brother to help take care of her nephew. She never expected to meet a man who made her want to spend her life with him. Melody has always been a bit of a klutz and has caused many relationships to spiral into disaster. Her mother did not help matters any either. As an artist who makes jewellery, she opened her own store in Sandcastle Bay and is quite happy. Jamie is also a talented artist, but he is a sculptor. He is also handsome, funny, cheeky, sweet, lustful, loving and sweet. As these two artists tentatively begin dating, they are very cautious as they discover each other. The residents are more than happy to get involved in their life and romance to push these two together. Once again, Holly Martin has included many puppies and their actions are hilarious. Their obedience class is a hoot and you know they are going to be a fun addition to the stories.

This is the second story in the trilogy, but you don’t have to read the first one in order to enjoy this story, but have to say that both stories are wonderful and I recommend reading them both! For anyone who has already read the first story in the series, this story gives you the opportunity to catch up with Aidan and Tori. Holly Martin describes events so well she brings them vividly to life; the close knit community and the fun and eccentric characters. Once again, Elliot captured my heart with his cute magic shows and his habit of saying things others would wish were left unsaid. So much humour in this story due to Melody’s mishaps had me laughing and smiling along with her. I was so glad that Jamie had a great sense of humour and was able to laugh with Melody, not at her. A great addition to the series and I am so looking forward to Isla’s story. I definitely recommend this one, especially if you love romance, beach town settings and a fun story.

About the Book: The stunning new summer story from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Step into the delightful seaside village of Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover golden sand, welcoming smiles and an unforgettable romance…

Melody Rosewood loves her new home in idyllic Sandcastle Bay. The beautiful little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach, with its bright yellow door and view of the sea has captured her heart. And she loves being close by to her family and best friend Tori Graham. Life by the sea is pretty much perfect, there’s just one thing missing…

Gorgeous Jamie Jackson, with his cheeky grin and adorable puppy, works as a sculptor opposite Melody’s jewellery shop. From the moment he and Melody meet sparks fly. But despite their instant attraction, a past heartache is holding Jamie back.

As Melody starts to make a life for herself in the close-knit, quirky seaside community, she realises Jamie could be the one for her. But as the two of them take a chance on romance, it’s one dating disaster after another. Are they destined to always be just good friends? Or will Melody finally find her happily-ever-after in Sandcastle Bay?

IMG_20140525_203444About the Author: I live in a little white cottage overlooking the sea. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an 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 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 me a lot of time to plan out my stories and I now write full time, doing what I love.

I have been writing for 6 years. I was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance 2012. My short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology in 2013. I won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with my novel The Guestbook. I was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

 You can contact me at hollymartin.writer@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

Website:  https://hollymartin-author.com/