Book Review: 'Coming Home to Wishington Bay' by Maxine Morrey.


It has just occurred to me that I have read all of Maxine Morrey's gorgeous books and now I am sitting here twiddling my thumbs feeling a little deflated that I have to wait for her next one. Like, what am I supposed to do with myself?!! I need Maxine Morrey books in my life always!!! 

*Since writing this review I have seen that Maxine is coming out with a new book very soon, which means we can all relax and breathe and jump for joy. 'My Year of Saying No' is out in April, yay, but back to the wonderful read that is 'Coming Home to Wishington Bay'. 

Blurb


Home is where the heart is…

Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…
My Review

Oh my goodness, where do I even start with 'Coming Home to Wishington Bay'? I adore Maxine Morrey and only a couple of weeks ago was gushing over her latest read 'No Filter' (which is also a must read) and now I can't stop smiling as I get to talk about Wishington Bay!

Right off the first page I adored Holly. I loved her independent, determined attitude and the way she didn't want anyone to worry about her. I loved that she worked so hard and that she loved her family, but that with all her strength that she held a vulnerability to her and was such a sweet, kind and lovely person. Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed being alongside her as she let her creativity unfold and started working on new projects that bought out her passions and made her happy. I couldn't wait to see what she did next with her imagination and I just loved following that part of her journey.

Hands down, I don't know how Maxine does it, but with every leading man she writes I send up a silent prayer for them to be real. Gabe was no different, uh, he was utterly lovely and kind and funny and sweet and gorgeous and I loved him. Honestly, his caring nature and banter with Holly melted by heart. I adored how they fell into a natural pattern of looking after each other. The nights where Holly cooked for him and they chatted with ease sounded incredibly delightful, but they weren't without their bumps and awkward moments. Oh my goodness, Maxine had me laughing out loud at one point, all I can say is rugby tackles on the beach, you will have to pick up a copy of the book to find out what happened, but I kid you not I giggled aloud.

This story was so beautiful and special. The bonds between Holly and her brother and sister in law warmed my heart. They all teased each other but took care of each other fiercely and that connected with me and made me smile. Being there with Holly as she went through her Grandma's things was heartbreaking, but I loved that she wanted to celebrate her Gigi and make her proud. Grandparents are special and can guide us if we simply listen and I really enjoyed that about this book; being so close to mine.

If you're looking for a romantic, swoon-worthy, make your heart happy kind of read, then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this wonderful book today!

Happy reading.

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