Welcome to my stop on the Summer at Rose Island blog tour which has been organised by Star Crossed Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review.
Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.
Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.
When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…
Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.
Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.
She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?
Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.
I haven’t read the first two books in the Rose Island series and was unsure if this would be an issue when reading Summer at Rose Island but this novel reads well as a standalone and I found no issues having not read the previous two books.
With Summer at Rose Island, Holly Martin brings us a trip to a beautiful seaside town where everybody knows and looks out for each other. Their latest town project is trying to save the lighthouse and Darcy, a newcomer to the town from London jumps in both feet first having discovered the lighthouse held a special place in her Aunt’s heart.
Darcy at times comes across as a little naive but the more we learn of her parents and how they treat her the more understandable this becomes. I found it a little amusing that she doesn’t realise what her new job is as I felt it was pretty obvious from the first time she mentions it. However, it feeds well into the story and made for an interesting entryway into the ending.
Riley, our Texan lighthouse keeper, was very amusing, I found him a contradiction in so many ways, determined to stay in the doomed lighthouse but unwilling to get involved in the town’s plans to save it. Polite to everyone yet quite rude at the same time.
I enjoyed watching his relationship with Darcy develop and seeing how they brought good qualities out in each other. They taught each other to be better people and to pursue things in life that would be more beneficial for them individually and together. It was a true and honest relationship with arguments that felt real and believable.
This was an easy and emotional summer read and will be perfect for packing in your case for a weekend away or a summer holiday. Holly Martin has created a seaside resort full of people who care, fight, and join hands to do what is best for each other and the town.
Thank you very much to Holly Martin and Bookouture for a copy of the ARC to review this book via NetGalley.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
About Holly Martin:
Holly has been writing for six 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. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.
Title: Summer at Rose Island
Series: White Cliff Bay #3
Author: Holly Martin
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
Publication Date: 13 May 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
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