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!


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