Audiobook Review: The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin

The Cottage on Sunshine Beach (Sandcastle Bay #2)
by Holly Martin

Publication date: June 22nd 2018
Publisher: W F Howes


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.

Source: Goodreads


“Melody was late. She had big plans today, she couldn’t be late.”

I really enjoyed the first in the Sandcastle Bay series, “The Holiday Cottage by the Sea” and knew it wouldn’t be long until I’d pick up the second. Number two in the series, “The Cottage on Sunshine Beach” is just as lovely as the first, another cosy, feel-good read set in the coastal town of Sandcastle Bay.

In book one, we followed Tori Graham as she visited her friends Isla and Melody. Now happily coupled up, Tori takes a back seat as this book focuses on Melody’s story, specifically her blossoming friendship with local sculptor Jamie, a man who has named all 4 of his dogs after Harry Potter characters. You don’t have to have read book one to enjoy this, but I think it would be a shame not to as on several occasions events from the first are mentioned.

I really enjoyed revisiting these characters as they got to know each other more, even if it’s a little bit awkward between them at times.

The story is relatively predictable and perhaps unrealistic at times, but it’s fiction and this is a story that’s intended to make you feel good. I will admit that some of the plot points felt just a tad too far fetched for my imagination to accept but in general I really enjoyed this one regardless.

There’s one more book in the series and I can’t wait to see how things wrap up for this group of friends.

Overall rating: “The Cottage on Sunshine Beach” by Holly Martin is another feel-good story following the friends we grew to love in book one. A sunny and heart-warming 4 star read for me.

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