Today I am taking part in the blog blitz for Coming Home to Maple Cottage, the latest book by Holly Martin. Many thanks to Bookouture for letting me be part of the blitz.
Blurb: Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.
Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.
As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.
But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?
My Review: I’ve read and enjoyed quite a number of Holly’s books so was thrilled when the opportunity to be in this blitz came up. I’ve read a previous book set in Sandcastle Bay but can honestly say that this works perfectly as a stand alone. There is is enough back story that you don’t need any previous knowledge but, if you do have previous knowledge, the back story doesn’t dominate this story.
The setting, characters and background stories are well developed and the story comes alive the minute you pick up the book. It’s a beautifully cosy story that wraps around you as you read and draws you into the community that is Sandcastle Bay. This is one of those stories where, although you might have an idea of where the story is headed, you still get annoyed at the characters and worried for them, but also experience their moments of joy and laughter.
This is the perfect read for a rainy or snowy day when you want nothing more than to be cosy and drink hot chocolate or something similar, and want to read nice, heartwarming stories.