Release Date: 7th April 2017.
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Reading Holly Martin's books is like walking through your front door after a busy day at work. You know the feeling; the warmth that comes from stepping foot in your own home and the comfort that comes from being in your little sanctuary. Holly's writing, her characters, her stories, all give off that same feeling of warmth and comfort, that I could happily sit and read her books all day.
In 'Spring at Blueberry Bay' we meet Bella. She's going through a bit of a rough patch and is surviving on bowls of porridge for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while she counts down to getting the job that seems like it was made for her. Even though she knows her family would be at her door in a heartbeat if they knew she was struggling, Bella is determined not to have them come to her rescue; they've already done more than enough for her. What Bella doesn't expect to find on her doorstep is a homeless man looking for a bit of help. Bella being the kind of person she is invites the man into her home and even shares her last bowl of porridge with him.
Issac can't believe this beautiful woman, who knows absolutely nothing about him, has let him into her home. He could be anyone! Never has he known someone be so kind and sweet. What on earth is he supposed to do now? Should he tell her the truth? Should he leave? But he can't leave, he may have only just met this woman but he can't deny the chemistry between them.
Love has never really been on the cards for Bella and Issac but they can't ignore this instant connection they seem to have. They both have been hurt in the past and think falling in love is too risky but can they teach each other, as well as, show each other, that sometimes love is worth the risk?
Firstly, Hope Island sounds idyllic and I very much want to visit there. Holly's descriptions are so beautiful that you cannot help but fall in love with the place. I'm definitely more of an Island kind of girl rather than a big city girl, so it would be perfect for me - see I'm moving in already! Secondly, I just found this story so fascinating. There were so many unique qualities to it, that just had me smiling and eagerly turning the page. From how Bella and Issac met, to their jobs, to Bella's family life, to the little modern day elements that Holly fits into the story. It's refreshing to read a book that has new elements to it that haven't been touched on before and I felt there were a lot in 'Spring at Blueberry Bay.' Thirdly, the characters! Oh my goodness, the characters! I will start with Bella. She was sweet, kind and feisty with a big heart. I loved that she took Issac in when he was sat outside her home. It may have seemed like a bad idea but in her mind she just wanted to help, which is a very admirable quality. I also liked that she was so passionate and good at her job. I love leading ladies who may not have it all together in every aspect of their lives, but who have confidence when it comes to their jobs and what they love to do; another admirable quality. Now let's talk about Issac! Where to begin! He was everything you could possibly want. He was kind, caring, loving, protective, sweet and as sexy as anything. I couldn't help but fall for him too. I love the way Holly wrote him because he didn't come across as all alpha male, rough and ready sexy. He was more practical and lovely sexy. For example, he always spoke to Bella very calm and sweetly and then he could show his flirty side and be completely swoon worthy too. I don't know if that makes any sense but I can see him in my mind as I write this willing my description to make some kind of sense to you! Read the book and let me know if you get what I mean. To put it simply, he's bloody gorgeous and lovely and you will swoon!
'Spring at Blueberry Bay,' is a definite must read. Not only do you have two wonderful leading characters, but there are a whole host of other people on hope island that make it the warm, feelgood book that it is. Just like when I finish any Holly Martin book, I cannot wait for the next one and I am so freaking excited. I love when Holly does a series because then I know the characters I have just read about aren't going anywhere just yet and that makes me very, very happy indeed.
Pick up your copy of 'Spring at Blueberry Bay' today!