Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Guestbook by Holly Martin

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Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook.

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider - whatever her colourful array of guests require.  A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself - especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying ‘wish you were here’ - one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

There is a review today on    

There is a huge range of colourful guests that come to stay at Willow Cottage, famous, funny, sweet, romantic, crazy, eccentric, rude.  But what if some of the guests were someone we knew really well.

Just for fun and as we are coming to the end of the blog tour now, I wanted to invite some of my favourite book characters to stay at Willow Cottage, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.  Although when writing anything Harry Potter related I knew I needed to call in an expert.  There was only one person to call.  So the gorgeous Victoria from Victoria Loves Books came swooping in on her broom to help me.

Saturday 14th May
Ron and Hermione Weasley

We arrived early this morning, Ron wanted to fly here, honestly!!  Ron knows I'm not very good at it. But I insisted we drive. Annie it is beautiful here, thank you so much for the flowers and champagne to celebrate our honeymoon.
Hermione Granger.  I mean Weasley.

Hermione I told you, you could have sat on my broom. I promise I didn't mean to do a loop last time you got on.

RONALD WEASLEY!!! Don't you hide from me. WHY is Hedwig here with a note from Harry saying he will arrive in time for dinner? This was supposed to be our honeymoon.
Oh! Bloody hell. Erm sorry about that. It's just, well... The Ministry asked if we could maybe look into something while we happened to be here.

Happened to be here? OH Ron, you didn't book this honeymoon did you? The Ministry did. I can't believe I didn't realise. You owe me Ronald!

Hermione don't be mad at Ron, it was out of our hands. I promise if you help we can have this cleared up in no time and I can leave you to have a proper honeymoon.

Harry! Time for a quick game of Quidditch?


Hermione it was joke! Honestly Harry, girls. I still don't get them.

Hermione, The ministry want us to look at an escaped Death Eater, last seen in this area. Pretending to be a muggle no less! Come on, without you, me and Ron are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.

Fine, FINE. I will help. But as soon as this is done you leave, then me and Ron can go back to relaxing.

Maybe one game of Quidditch before he goes??

Well I don't mind, I could probably stay around for a quick game...

NO you definitely haven't got time!

Annie I'm so sorry about the couch, it's just, well Ron's wand still isn't perfect and well I don't think he quite meant to turn it into a cow. As soon as I find it I will get it turned back into a couch, I mean a floral cow can't be that hard to find…
Hermione x

Yeah sorry about that Annie, stupid bloody wand...

Right Harry who are we looking for exactly and what have they done? Also we aren't going to be bumping into any dementors are we?

Hermione, I think I have found Lucius Malfoy, yeah you heard right, Malfoy! There is a cave on the beach and I'm almost positive that I saw someone in a cloak heading that way.... Who else could it be?

Ok, right well we need to come up with a plan. But Malfoy's dad? How on earth did he escape?

Harry I say we just head down there right now, surprise attack?

Ron I absolutely agree. Hermione’s plans never actually go to plan do they? Let’s go!

Harry, Ron if you are playing Quidditch somewhere I will not be held responsible for my wand hand... Yes ok we found Lucius, doesn't mean you can run off and play.  There is still that ruddy great big cow with flower print running wild!!

Hermione, ok yes we did play a little Quidditch, but whilst doing so we found the cow, it's now a couch again. I'm off, have a great honeymoon and come for dinner when you are back.
See ya Ron, try those romantic tips I told you about!

Is it only me that thinks its a little quiet without Harry around?

Yes Ron! Only you. Honestly. Let me make you dinner you silly fool. Boys!!

The blog tour continues tomorrow with  and they’ll be a review on


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