Book Review: The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin.

Release Date: 12th April 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Twitter: @HollyMAuthor 

I feel like I say this every time I write a review for Holly Martin’s latest book, but that’s only because it has to be said; she out does herself every time and her books just get better and better. People call her the queen of romance and I have to say, they would be right. She writes feel good romantic comedies flawlessly and they are not to be missed.

In ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea,’ our lovely leading lady Tori Graham is visiting the seaside for a much needed break and to see her best friends, who recently moved back home and whom she misses immensely. She is excited to catch up and enjoy time with her friends and get stuck into her little summer job of helping to pick the village's famous heartberries. Tori is keeping a few secrets that make her feel quite emotional about going back to the home of someone she was once very close to, but she’s surprised to meet some very friendly locals, who help her come to terms with her past and look forward to her future. One local in particular being an incredibly attractive fruit farmer. Can Tori learn to take risks and open her heart again? Will the magic of the heartberries prove true? You will have to read to find out!

I kid you not I was smiling and laughing and so totally into this book from reading just the first few pages. Holly got the humour and the story spot on and I easily sank back into my couch and devoured it. Tori was funny, sweet and I absolutely loved that she was an animator. Holly always gives her characters the coolest jobs, which she has done so much research into. I find myself day dreaming about different career paths, but also feeling like I’ve had a small bit of experience in various industries after I’ve finished reading them. It’s very cool. If only I could add them to my CV! :p

As well as Tori, her friends and the rest of a colourful cast in Sandcastle bay, there was one person in particular that drew me in. The fruit farmer, whose name I don’t want to give, because I feel like it’s a fun little introduction at the beginning of the book. I couldn’t help but smile and I’ll admit to giggling a bit too. I can’t spoil that for you and have you miss out. I will just say that he’s a bit of a dreamboat and I rather liked him a lot!

Like I said before, Holly hits the nail on the head with romance and a heap of comedy for good measure. She comes up with unique places, characters and stories that will make you feel all warm and cosy inside. If you’re going on holiday, having a break from work or household jobs, or are just looking for a something that will brighten your spirits for a while, then she’s the woman you need. Settle down with a cup of tea, a piece of cake and let her take you on an adventure filled with love.

I can’t wait for her next story. I have a feeling It’s going to be good!

Happy Reading!


  1. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for a good girly read so will check this out :-) Nikki x

    1. We hope you enjoy it Nikki! Let us know what you think! :) xx