The Guest Book by Holly Martin


The Guest Book by Holly Martin

I would like to thank Gosling Girls book tours and Holly Martin for allowing me to be part of this blog tour! It’s my very first tour.

First of all have a look at the blurb:

Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying ‘wish you were here’ – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

My review:

How good is this book!
It is based in the lovely Willow Cottage and it’s guest book is the story. Annie Butterworth is the owner and she often comments in the book herself, especially when a celebrity comes to stay.

The idea for the book is very clever. The whole book is based of comments guest write in the guest book. What a great idea. Nothing I have read before has been in this format. It took me a while to get used to it but once I did it was so easy to read. I was laughing out loud in places. Willow Cottage has had some interesting guests!
Annie’s story is heartwarming after the loss of her husband and learning to love and laugh at what life and Willow Cottage brings.
The way the guests are brought to life is great. The amount of characters in this book must have been a handful for Holly to manage.
I loved this book. I read it quickly as I couldn’t put it down. Well done Holly!


Beyond Grace’s Rainbow – Carmel Harrington


I honestly don’t know where to start!
Wow what a book!
The story is centred around Grace Devlin, a thirty something single mother to Jack. It begins with Grace finding out she has cancer and debating how to tell her close friends. Grace comes across as a very strong and loving character and I instantly warmed to her. Her love for her friends and Jack was clear to see. Her past love Liam, Jack’s father, comes back into Grace’s life which rocks her world further.
The books covers two quite sensitive issues; cancer and adoption. Both themes are dealt with in such a way that your heart strings are pulled yet with an element of humour just in the right places. There was even some mystery in the story which brought to light Grace’s history, which in some places was hard to read as it was so well written.
It wasn’t until I finished reading this book I realised this was Carmel’s debut novel. Well congratulations Carmel this is the first book I have ever read that has made me cry.
This author is one to watch out for. Writing with such emotion that you get drawn into the bitter sweet story. Carmel, let me know when your next book is published. I cannot wait to read it.

Summer at the Lake by Erica James


Summer at the Lake
Erica James
Orion Publishing

If you need a cure for the winter blues then this is the book for you!

I’ll be honest I had never read a book by Erica James before. But I do judge a book by its cover and when Orion Publishing kindly sent this to me to review I was so excited! The cover is just so beautiful. I couldn’t wait to get started.

The story has 3 main characters. Firstly Floriana, who was lost in thoughts didn’t see a car heading towards her. Esme, an elderly lady with her own past to deal with and Adam, a property developer, were luckily there to help. In this strange twist of fate a strong friendship was created. The main storyline is about Floriana battling against her love from her past for Seb, after receiving an invitation to his wedding in Lake Como.

I don’t want to give too much away so I will not go in to the detail of the plot. But the theme of love in the past and love in the future makes this book heart warming to read. The characters are so well written. I instantly warmed to Floriana and everyone needs an Esme in their life!

The descriptions of Lake Como made me want to jump on a plane and go! Funnily enough, as I was finishing the book my husband was watching Top Gear and in the episode they were driving around Lake Como! Erica got the beautiful scenery spot on, no wonder I felt like I was at the lake myself throughout the book.

As the weather is wet and rubbish outside in the UK at the moment, go get this book and relax with a gentle story in the sun!

I would recommend this book. Congratulations Erica, I loved it!

Many thanks to Orion for letting me review this book.