Book Review: Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin.

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Release Date: 30th June 2017
Publisher: Bookouture.
Twitter: @HollyMauthor

Holly Martin returns with yet another charming summer read. Summer at Buttercup Beach is perfect for those lazy sunny days in the garden, lounging on a deck chair by the pool or relaxing on the beach on holiday. 

I first met Freya Greene and Rome Lancaster in Spring at Blueberry Bay and found out enough about them to want to know even more. I was eager to find out if they would eventually get together, as they both seemed to want that in book one, they just didn't know how to go about it. Nor did they want to ruin the strong friendship they had built over the last two years. Their own story Summer at Buttercup Beach, delves deeper into their pasts and why they are both anxious about taking their relationship to the next level. We find out more about Rome's ex and his nightmares that everyone he loves will be taken away. We learn about Freya's ex and her desire to be loved truly for who she is. Both Rome and Freya find it hard to conceal their feelings towards each other, but that doesn't make things any easier. Freya wants to jump into a relationship with both feet, while Rome takes longer to realize what he really wants. Will Freya wait as long as it takes Rome to find out or will she leave Hope Island and the man she's loved for two years?

This was such a fun, easy going, holiday read. Being on Hope Island with Freya, Rome and his family felt like home. I love that there is a huge sense of family in this series. The sibling love between Rome, Eden and Bella was lovely to witness. The way they interacted with each other and how they were always there for each other was easy to relate to and I found myself laughing out loud when they were in the same room together. Speaking of laughing out loud, Rome's Mum and Dad bring a lot of comic relief to this book. In particular, the scene where Rome's Dad find's Rome and Freya in a rather intimate position on the beach was hilarious! 

Another fun element to Summer at Buttercup Beach, was Rome and Freya's business. I know I have mentioned this before, because it's one of my favourite things about Holly Martin's books, but I have to mention it again. Holly always gives her characters the most interesting jobs and goes into so much detail about them, that I come away from her stories feeling like I have learnt so much about jobs I would have otherwise never considered. Rome has a glasswork business and Freya works with him, together they make the most beautiful, intricate glass pieces that I can picture in my head so clearly. It was incredibly interesting reading about how to fuse glass and what materials they used to make their fantastic pieces. Now I can add glass maker to ice carver, wood carver, hotel reviewer and marine biologist, to the list of jobs I want to try from Holly's stories! :) 

Even in the midst of Freya and Rome trying to figure out what their future held, I adored their friendship. From experience, I know what it feels like to not want to loose someone as a friend, even if that means putting your feelings for them aside. It's not easy to do and I think Holly got that across perfectly. What made Rome and Freya's relationship extra special, was also what made it so difficult to move forward. This made for one bumpy roller coaster ride that was definitely worth the wait in line. 

You will laugh, swoon, flush and smile while reading Summer at Buttercup Beach, so what are you waiting for? Get your copy today! :) 

Happy Reading!


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