Monday, 10 April 2017

Book tour: Spring at Blueberry Bay - Holly Martin (Hope Island #1)


Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…
Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…
But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman. 
Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

My opinion.
She has done it, yet again. What an amazing new novel Spring at Blueberry Bay is. I mean, sure, the cover is colourful and inviting, but nothing prepared me for the brilliant novel inside. Ok, maybe having read all her other a-mazing books should have given me a clue ;-)
As always, Holly Martin keeps surprising her readers. She never goes for the expected. Her characters, their jobs, hobby's and interest, the setting of the novel,... Each and every time, Holly goes all out to re-invent love stories. Her novels are truly unique, refreshing and always memorable.
Spring at Blueberry Bay had me laughing out loud more than once, and had me crying - also more than once. Bella hasn't had an easy past, and through the course of this novel, she goes through some ups and downs coming to terms with her family history and its effect on her relationships. Both the heartbreak, the passion, the fear and the blissful happiness are tangible. I almost felt exhausted going through all these different emotions wit her! ... But that could also be because I refused to go to bed before I finished this fabulous read.
Isaac is everything you'd wish in a (book-)boyfriend. He exudes passion, tenderness, trust and loyalty, and he is so, so sexy - I know, all in one guy?!!
I fell in love with Hope Island, with Isaac, Bella and her family. Fingers crossed we get the revisit them, soon.


Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. 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 7 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. 

Follow her on Twitter @hollymauthor

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