Book Review: Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin
Author: Holly Martin
Genre: Romance / Chick-Lit / Comedy
Publication Date: 10 July 2015
Format: eBook / Paperbook
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Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face.
Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of an historical building in the village of Clovers Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?
A deliciously enchanting read that will delight fans of Rachael Lucas, Lucy Diamond and Miranda Dickinson or anyone who has ever blubbed at a Disney movie. Who says real life can’t be a fairytale?
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
This was a book I wasn’t 100% sure was going to be a good fit for me from the start, I’m more of a Disney Villains fan rather than the Princesses.
That being said I do enjoy this genre and I enjoy a lighthearted romantic comedy. I also love castles and a whole book set around a castle was something worth trying!
I can say Holly Martin fulfilled the brief on the comedy aspect. There are aspects of this book which are laugh out loud. I loved the concept, and that there was so much history, and talk of areas of historical study (one of which I have a friend who works in) that many haven’t even heard of!
I absolutely see why so many people fell in love with this book, and why it has received the ratings it has. For me though it was just a little too sickly sweet. The small aspect of drama which was introduced was simple to predict, and the character involved wasn’t much of a villain for me.
I think this book is definitely for the girly girls, those like me who aren’t fans of disney princesses and all things girly probably aren’t going to get as much from this book.
Thank you so much to NetGalley for the ARC of this book in return for this honest review.
About Holly Martin:
Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.
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