Audiobook Review: Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin

Coming Home to Maple Cottage (Sandcastle Bay #3)
by Holly Martin

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


Summary:

This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…

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?

A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

Source: Goodreads


Thoughts:

“The night before had begun innocently enough.”

And just like that, here I am with my review of the third and final instalment in Holly Martin‘s Sandcastle Bay series. Since picking up book one, “The Holiday Cottage by the Sea”, I’ve enjoyed this series from start to finish.

The third book is called “Coming Home to Maple Cottage” and, as we’ve already followed Tori and Melody, this time it is Isla’s time to shine. Readers of the series have already met Isla Rosewood and her close ‘friend’ Leo Jackson, both doing their best to raise Elliot and give him the childhood he deserves. Leo has been proposing to Isla constantly throughout the past couple of books and Isla has always said no, but in the opening pages we get hints that things may be changing for this couple.

Returning to Sandcastle Bay is a cosy experience and these books are such feel-good reads that you can’t help but enjoy them. I especially like hearing about the town of Sandcastle Bay itself, alongside its residents, traditions and so many competitions!

I have to say though, this one book wasn’t my favourite of the three. Unlike the stories of Tori and Melody, Isla’s story has a bit more of a serious undertone and the content wasn’t quite as uplifting and cheerful as I had come to expect from this series. This couple come paired with some complex family issues so it’s only natural that they are explored, I just wasn’t as keen on this as a topic.

I really enjoyed hearing snippets of what the other characters are up to and I always love hearing from Elliott, who had a much more important part to play in this story. I did feel that there was much less of our previous characters in this one though and I feel that’s a shame knowing that this is where the story ends for the reader.

I have really enjoyed this series and will definitely be reading more books by Holly Martin in the future. I’d recommend the series for anyone looking for a feel-good story in a beautiful, yet fictional, setting. I feel a little sad to be leaving Sandcastle Bay and it’s residents behind and am really glad to have found this author.

Overall rating: “Coming Home to Maple Cottage” is the third and final in the Sandcastle Bay series by Holly Martin. This is feel-good story but it’s also got some complex themes and some difficult moments of its characters, Isla and Leo. I’ve really enjoyed this series but this one wasn’t my favourite of them all. This third book was a nice 3 star read for me.

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