Blurb: 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 Rating: 4/5
Review: Having read a few of Holly’s other books I was quite excited to read this, especially given the intriguing description and the gorgeous cover. As ever the descriptions of the location are really good and you feel as if you’ve been transported to this island. I also got a really good feel for the island itself, it sounded like quite a good community, somewhere where people looked out for each other and where you could, should you choose, leave your house unlocked and nothing would happen.
There was a good cast of characters too, Bella and Isaac were both well-written and clearly had a passion in their lives for their work (something I am currently jealous of!) and were very motivated and determined to get what they wanted. Bella’s family and friends made a few appearances but in a way which fitted into the story and didn’t make them feel like they had been put in as filler or anything similar. The full cast worked together really well and made the story come alive.
As for the main characters, I like Isaac, his story was believable and I admired what he was trying to do with his money. There are so many book characters that have money but don’t use it well and it was refreshing to see Isaac using his money for good. I also liked Bella, especially her passion and enthusiasm for her work but some aspects of her character irritated me and meant that I didn’t warm to her as much as I would liked to have done.
All in all this is another lovely, cosy and heart-warming read from Holly Martin. I know it’s the first of a collection of books set on this island and I, for one, am looking forward to reading the others. I think if you’ve enjoyed other books by this author then you’ll definitely enjoy this one and if this is your first then you’ve picked a good place to start.