Saturday 12 March 2022

The Blossom Tree of Dreams – by Holly Martin


The blurb: 


Welcome to the wonderful Wishing Wood, where incredible treehouses twinkle under a blanket of stars, the sea sparkles through the leaves, and true love is in the air. From the bestselling author of Sunlight over Crystal Sands comes this gorgeously romantic tale.

Indigo Bloom is on her way to beautiful Wishing Wood with some very big news. Two months ago she shared an incredible night with the most amazing man. She didn’t think she’d ever see River Brookfield again, but she never imagined she’d be showing up out of the blue to tell him she’s pregnant with his child.

Indigo’s heart longs for a fairytale ending. There’s just one problem: River doesn’t remember who Indigo is…

Crushed that a night that meant so much to her was so forgettable for him, Indigo resolves to keep her identity and her pregnancy secret until she gets to know the real River. But as they spend more time together, it’s clear that the incredible connection they shared that first night is stronger than ever, and that River might remember more than Indigo first thought.

The closer they get, Indigo’s secret becomes harder to share. Can Indigo find the courage to tell River the truth? And if she does, will she get the fairytale ending she’s been dreaming of?




My Opinion:



*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


In for another Holly Martin treat?! Yes, you are…


The start of this wonderful book got me instantly hooked. I was very excited to follow Indigo’s story and couldn’t wait to find out more. Life isn’t easy at the moment: no job, no place to live and pregnant…


Her journey brings her to Wishing Wood, where she plans to tell River Brookfield, her one night stand from two months ago, the news. Upon arrival things take a different turn (he doesn’t seem to remember her) and she doesn’t tell him. Their special connection from that night is back instantly though and sparks keep on flying. His whole family works there and Indigio soon gets to know them all. A lovely bunch of characters, who are all unique and bring something to the story. 


The setting and surroundings are very beautiful and Indigo soon feels at home. Of course at one point the truth comes out and the story gets even more interesting. At times I just couldn’t sit still, because I just wanted to know everything. 


I really liked these two characters together. I didn’t agree with all their decisions, but that made it more exciting. 


There were so many little things I enjoyed about this book: the connection between Indigio and River, their special scenes, the other characters and their part in it, the scenery and so much more. 


A heart-warming book filled with so much magic!!!




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Laura Bambrey on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor

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Thursday 7 October 2021

Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake - by Holly Martin

The blurb: 


Escape to the breathtaking Cornish Coast this winter, where the ocean sparkles in

the moonlight and romance crackles like an open fire. This gorgeous new love story by Holly Martin, bestselling author of Sunlight Over Crystal Sands, is the perfect treat to warm your heart this Christmas.

Artist Zoey Flynn hadn’t planned to spend her favourite holiday on the shores of Jewel Island, but when her fiancé breaks off their engagement before their Christmas Eve wedding, this Cornish paradise is just the distraction she needs.
With a cosy cottage to call home for a month and a stall at the island’s famous Christmas market to sell her paintings, Zoey quickly puts her heartbreak behind her. Love is the last thing on her mind. That is until the handsome Kit Lewis crosses her path…
Their connection is instant, but Zoey has a secret. And the deeper she and Kit fall for one another, the harder it is to hide. Kit knows Zoey is holding something back and if she won’t tell him the truth she could lose him forever.
Is keeping a promise from the past worth sacrificing a future with the man she loves? Or might Kit be the one person she can trust?

Love, laughter and long-hidden secrets are waiting for you on stunning Jewel Island. For fans of Jill Mansell, Sarah Morgan and Sue Moorcroft, this is the perfect tale to curl up with this Christmas. 


My Opinion:



*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

In for another treat by Holly Martin: back on Jewel Island and it's Christmas time, yay!!

Our main characters are Zoey Flynn and Kit Lewis and omg I absolutely adored these two together. They had instant chemistry and I would say are made for each other. Obviously, it's more complicated than that and that's what makes this story so wonderful and exciting. 

Zoey has been through a lot in her past and is ready for a fresh start, without think about love and relationships. Oh well, Kit turns up in her life and everything changes. The scenes between them, getting to know each other were captured beautifully by Holly Martin and the storyline was full of ups and downs and secrets. So many beautiful moments, mixed with the Christmas magic. 

Appearances by other familiar characters are always lovely as well, I just loved this little island and all the people. 

This is the perfect Christmas book and so much more!!!



Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor

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Wednesday 21 July 2021

The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness – by Laura Bambrey

The blurb: 


Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event left her isolated from her loved ones, she’s been

struggling to find her way back to, well – herself. That’s why she set up her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way of – anonymously – connecting with the outside world and reaching others who just need a little help sometimes.
When she’s offered a free spot on a wellbeing retreat in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori is anxious about opening herself up to new surroundings. But after her three closest friends – who she talks to online but has never actually met – convince her it’ll do her some good, she reluctantly agrees and heads off for three weeks in the wild (well, a farm in Wales).
From the moment she arrives, Tori is sceptical and quickly finds herself drawn to fellow sceptic Than, the retreat’s dark and mysterious latecomer. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly comes to light she realizes that opening herself up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with fellow retreater Bay definitely isn’t.  Will the retreat be able to fix Tori? Or will she finally learn that being lonely doesn’t mean she’s broken . . .



My Opinion:



*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness is the blog our main character Tori Williamson started writing after she experienced a lot of grief and felt lonely. She went through a lot in her life and it’s difficult to deal with. Her three online friends and of course her blog help her get through it, or so she thinks. 


And then she is offered a spot on a wellbeing retreat on a farm, in exchange for a review on her blog. Tori is very sceptical at first but decides to go anyway. She slowly starts to appreciate the wonderful things the farm has to offer and starts opening up. The other people there are lovely and very supportive. 


Of course, that’s not here to stay. She has to fight her fears and deal with betrayal. On the other hand she makes great friends and even gets closer to one of the men. I will stop here, otherwise I’d spoil the whole story for you. 


The story is full of ups and downs, Laura Brambery’s style of writing is very gripping and she created a wonderful atmosphere and storyline. She captured some beautiful moments and managed to include topics like grief and fear. It’s a warm-hearted and moving book with some authentic characters, lovely scenes and brilliant writing. 


I loved following Tori’s journey and growth in this book and was very sad to leave it all at the end, I need more! 





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Laura Bambrey on Twitter: @LauraBambrey

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Saturday 19 June 2021

Sunlight Over Crystal Sands – by Holly Martin

The blurb: 


Love is in the air on the sun kissed sands of the Cornish coast, where the sea

sparkles and romance sizzles on golden beaches. This stunning new novel by Holly Martin, bestselling author of Ice Creams at Emerald Cove, is guaranteed to steal your heart this summer.

Lyra Thomas has dreamed of living on Jewel Island ever since she first visited its breathtaking shores. And now her dream has come true – she has her own little cottage and a brand new job. But when Lyra sets out for a bike ride to explore her new home, a mishap has her crash-landing at the feet of the very handsome Nix Sanchez.

A true gentleman, Nix comes to Lyra’s rescue. His face is so familiar and yet they are strangers. But the more they talk, Lyra feels as though she has known Nix forever. What follows is the most magical night of Lyra’s life… until the spell is broken when the next morning she finds Nix has gone.

Feeling foolish Lyra vows to be more careful with her heart from now on. She’ll pretend Nix never existed. But destiny has other ideas and in a perfect twist of fate Lyra will discover that Nix Sanchez is impossible to forget…

Escape to sundrenched Jewel Island this summer where love, laughter and the thrill of adventure await. This gorgeous, romantic, feel-good read is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.



My Opinion:



*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


And we are back again!!!


Lyra and Nix both start working on Jewel Island at the same time. 

Before their job starts, they hit it off immediately and spend some magical moments together. 


The next day everything changes and both think the other one just left. A big misunderstanding of course, but they don’t know that. 


We then follow both of them on their journey on the island and it’s very exciting, especially, when they see each other again. 


I don’t want to give away too much, but let’s say that they have unique chemistry and their connection is obvious. Holly Martin captured that beautifully and I was hooked to the storyline. 


Her writing just makes everything seem so authentic, vivid and sweet. Of course the setting is magical too. 


The beginning of the book is exciting and makes you want to read on. I really liked both main characters and it was also fabulous to catch up with all my Jewel Island favourites. 


I loved every second of this book!!!


Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor

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Sunday 14 March 2021

Ice Creams at Emerald Cove – by Holly Martin

The blurb: 


Escape to the Cornish coast this spring with a trip to the beautiful Emerald

Cove, where the sea sparkles in the sunshine, the sand glitters like gold, and true love is in the air. From the bestselling author of Sunrise over Sapphire Bay comes this gorgeously romantic and uplifting tale.

Skye Philips and Jesse Hamilton have a complicated relationship. They’ve been neighbours, best friends and even briefly married. But ever since Skye returned to the beautiful shores of Jewel Island to help her sisters Aria and Clover run their family hotel, she doesn’t know where she stands with Jesse.

When they’re together the chemistry between them sizzles, but with Jesse living in Canada and Skye on the Cornish island she calls home, they’ve kept things casual. Till now…

Jesse is coming to Jewel Island for the annual Pudding Parade and Skye knows this is her chance to tell him how she really feels. But putting her heart on the line isn’t easy when it’s been broken in the past. Will Jesse return her love? Or will she lose him for good?

Everything she's ever wanted can be hers if she's willing to take the chance, but is Skye brave enough to risk her heart once again?'

Set sail to the Cornish coast where sunshine, laughter and romance awaits. This stunning love story is guaranteed to steal your heart this summer; it’s the perfect read for fans of Sarah Morgan, Veronica Henry and Jill Mansell.



My Opinion:



*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


We are finally back on Jewel Island again, yay!!! 


This time the story is focused on Skye. We of course already know her and I was very excited for her story. Things are complicated between her and Jesse and we finally got to into more depth. 


Their feelings for each other are obvious, but Jesse is in Canada with his daughter. When Skye decides to organise a Pudding parade, she asks him to come and help and there he is. 


I really adored their moments and scenes together, they are a perfect match, but they just don’t tell each other what they are feeling. 


I don’t want to go into more detail here, you will just have to read the book. Holly Martin’s style is so vivid and fun, I got hooked immediately. She has a really talent of capturing these special moments and just makes a story so magical. 


Of course it’s also always great to catch up with some other familiar characters. They are a wonderful big family on the island and I actually don’t want to leave them. 


A gripping storyline, wonderful setting and awesome characters, this book is just amazing!!!





Holly Martin on Twitter: @HollyMAuthor

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Thursday 3 December 2020

The Flip Side – by James Bailey

The blurb: 


Penny wise or pound foolish? A heartbroken young Brit decides to turn his love life over to

the flip of a coin—in this delightfully British rom-com in the vein of Jenny Colgan, Rosie Curtis, Nick Hornby, and David Nicholls.

To coin a phrase, Josh is suffering a quarter-life crisis. He just broke up with his long-term girlfriend, lost his job, and moved back home with his parents (shudder). Welcome to rock bottom in Bristol. As Josh starts questioning all his life choices, he has a mad thought: Maybe he would just be better flipping a coin. After all, careful planning has landed him homeless, jobless, and single.

What starts as a joke soon becomes serious and Josh decides to start putting his faith in the capriciousness of currency. He doesn’t have anything to lose.

But when the chance of a lifetime and the girl of his dreams are on the line, will the coin guide him to a rich love life or leave him flat broke?



My Opinion:


*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*


I loved the sound of this book from the start and was very excited to read it! James Bailey’s debut novel definitely didn’t disappoint, I absolutely adored the book!


We follow Josh, who gets dumped by his girlfriend when he proposes. He also loses his job and lives with his parents again, things are not easy. 


He decides to put his faith into a coin. He just flips the coin to see where life takes him, he doesn’t have anything to lose right?!


Following his journey with the coin was great! I really enjoyed the storyline and following his adventures. And then he meets a girl, the click right away and have instant chemistry, but then she’s gone. His journey of finding her continues, always by his side of course is the coin. His friends are always there as well and they are a fab addition to the story. I love them all and think they added another layer to the storyline. 


I was hooked from the start. James Bailey’s writing is gripping, funny, compelling and he just has a fresh and unique style. There are so may LOL moments in this story and adorable scenes! 


A wonderful read, full of ups and downs and a gripping storyline, a definite must read!!! I hope we hear more from James Bailey!


James Bailey on Twitter: @jbaileywrites


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About James Bailey


Born in Bristol, James Bailey began to dream of a writing career following a top mark in a Year

8 English exam, and he soon pursued journalism, starting a student newspaper and a sports website, interviewing athletes including Usain Bolt and Rafa Nadal. This burgeoning career was halted however, when he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a cardiac arrhythmia. Following two operations, James supported the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, carrying the Olympic Torch, running the London Marathon, speaking in the House of Commons, and appearing in BBC1’s Lifeline appeal, alongside pop star Pixie Lott.   

Upon moving to London for university, during which time he avoided high rent by living in a Travelodge, James juggled studying Spanish with working as a red carpet reporter, interviewing stars such as George Clooney, Emma Stone and David Beckham.

Following his graduation, he travelled the world, journeying through twenty one countries looking for himself, and hopefully love. Having found neither, he returned home to Bristol, where he founded a walking tour company of the city and began working on his debut novel, having been selected for Curtis Brown Creative’s Six Month Novel Writing Course.

The Flip Sideis his debut novel. He can be found on Instagram @JamesBaileyWrites, and at