Book Review: Coming Home To Maple Cottage by Holly Martin.


There is something very reassuring about picking up a book by Holly Martin. Anything and everything could be happening in the real world, but you know that when you dive into her stories, that you will be able to escape to a beautiful Island, Town or Village, catch up with old friends and melt in the arms of a dashing farmer, art sculpture or firework technician! Holly brings to life small town charm and the magic of falling in love effortlessly.

Holly’s latest book ‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage,’ is out now. Here’s what it’s all about, as well as my review:


This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…
Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.
Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.
As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.
But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

My Review.

It might sound cliche and so easy to say, but Holly honestly writes books that I can’t help but love. They are easy going, so I can jump into them without getting too confused, I know the characters because she introduces them so well and she has a habit of building wonderful communities, that if given the chance I would pack by bags and be off to join them in the blink of an eye. I adore when Holly writes series, because I can guarantee that without a shadow of a doubt there will be at least ten people I want to know more about after reading book one. So, you know that feeling of utter excitement you get when reading a new blurb and that flutter of not being able to wait for the next book? I get that a lot with Holly.
Point proven here, as I knew after reading ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea,’ and meeting Tori and Aiden then subsequently Aiden’s brothers Leo and Jamie, in addition to Tori’s friend Melody and her sister Isla, that I was going to want to know everyone’s stories, otherwise my bookworm brain would never be content. It’s just the way Holly welcomes the reader into these idyllic settings and shares the bonds between families and friends, which makes the books so enticing. The girls feel like they could be my best friends and the guys, well the guys are totally swoon worthy and dreamy.
Case in point: Mr Leo Jackson. He has his own company setting up firework displays – cool and slightly dangerous. He adores Isla even though they are just ‘strictly friends.’ He is absolutely adorable with his godson Elliot – cue tough guys with babies, heart eye emoji and he has a very sweet, vulnerable side to top it all off. Oh and the relationship between Leo and his brothers is lovely. They pick on each other but also tell each other things, which was great to see. I enjoyed that bond and connection.
Leo’s relationship with Isla was a bit of a roller-coaster ride and sometimes I just wanted to shake them both and make them realize that they were perfect for each other and that they could work everything out and be this amazing little family, but I know they had to work that out for themselves. My favourite thing was their friendship, I enjoyed that no matter what kinks they had to figure out, that they still stood by each other first and foremost as friends. Of course, there’s always the flirting and utter adorableness of them being so close that I couldn’t help but smile and feel the magic of romance.
‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage,’ is about LOVE. True love in all its forms: between brothers, friends, new couples and that all-encompassing love of being a parent and looking after your children. It’s heartwarming, powerful and a definite must read.

Happy Reading!

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