You can’t go wrong with the Sandcastle Bay series from Holly Martin with its cast of characters, seascapes and plenty of heart. Please read on for my review of
The Cottage at Sunshine Beach
Melody moved back to Sandcastle Bay after her twin’s sudden death, helping her sister Isla raise his son Ethan. Having her own jewelry design business in London was vastly different from the small shop she has now, a shop that mixes her flair for design and fun with more traditional offerings and her own welcoming displays. Melody’s got her best friend Tori, her sister Isla, her nephew Ethan and plenty of friends in the Jackson family, as well as a new puppy, one of eleven born to a couple of strays in the village. Best of all, she’s got her friend (and major crush) Jamie, with his sculpture workshop across the way: available for a chat, a laugh and plenty of consideration.
Jamie is a sculptor and a collector of animals, he’s got 4 dogs all named after Harry Potter characters, and a turkey named Dobby who tends to wander. Jamie’s far different from others in his family: he’s not interested in relationships or commitments, and won’t allow anyone to get close enough to hurt him, again. But there’s this ‘thing’ with Melody, and that one kiss they shared the night of Mathew’s funeral, that he can’t get out of his head. That aside, he loves Melody’s heart, her caring and daring, her creativity and determination to make a go of her small shop, and just how well she fits into life at Sandcastle Bay.
This is a story of friendship and trust, taking chances and truly seeing, perhaps for the first time, just how others perceive you- lumps, bumps and all. Both Jamie and Melody have insecurities and issues: Melody’s mother and her lack of kind or encouraging words after her husband left that family wounded her daughter deeply, and while she claims to be over the hurt, it’s never far from the surface, convinced if she could only be ‘better, or more like everyone else, she’d find that unconditional love she longs for. And yet, Jamie sees all of her good, isn’t bothered by her mishaps (as more than one person said, he’s so laid back he’s horizontal) and, best of all, he loves her beyond reason, even if he can’t say it.
And, making this back and forth between them even more delicious, we see plenty of Tori and Aidan as their relationship moves on to the next level. Time with Ethan and his new fascination with the magic kit that Leo bought him, not to mention his ability to focus in n (as kids do) with the one item in a conversation you don’t want to discuss in public, and his conversations with adults and his best friend Marigold. Aunt Agatha with her advice, stories and nudges, all well-meant if exceedingly embarrassing to the focus of her attention, and lastly Leo and Isla: Leo who loves Isla but can’t say the words, despite proposing at regular intervals, and Isla who won’t marry JUST for security – oh everyone gets moment (or three) to shine, bringing characters and readers alike into a big, warm and welcoming hug. Sure, none of the moments are without their challenges, and the overarching presence of Matthew, who brought them all together posthumously adds a bittersweet note, but this little series is a go-to grab when you want to make new friends, join in their happiness, and enjoy time away at the beach.
Title: The Cottage on Sunshine Beach
Author: Holly Martin
Also in this series: Coming Home to Maple Cottage
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 22 June, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The stunning new summer story from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Step into the delightful seaside village of Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover golden sand, welcoming smiles and an unforgettable romance…
Melody Rosewood loves her new home in idyllic Sandcastle Bay. The beautiful little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach, with its bright yellow door and view of the sea has captured her heart. And she loves being close by to her family and best friend Tori Graham.
Life by the sea is pretty much perfect, there’s just one thing missing…
Gorgeous Jamie Jackson, with his cheeky grin and adorable puppy, works as a sculptor opposite Melody’s jewellery shop. From the moment he and Melody meet sparks fly. But despite their instant attraction, a past heartache is holding Jamie back.
As Melody starts to make a life for herself in the close-knit, quirky seaside community, she realises Jamie could be the one for her. But as the two of them take a chance on romance, it’s one dating disaster after another. Are they destined to always be just good friends?
Or will Melody finally find her happily-ever-after in Sandcastle Bay?
A perfect, feel-good summer read that will make you want to escape to the beach for a romantic day in the sun. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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