Blog Tour: Book Review - Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin

Today on Becca's Books, I'm thrilled to be sharing my review of Holly Martin's gorgeously Christmassy novel Christmas Under a Starlit Sky. I fell head over heels in love with the first book in Martin's A Town Called Christmas series and couldn't wait to get started on the second, which follows Neve's story. As soon as I was able to do, I dived right in and lost myself to this author's magical written word.

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Title - Christmas Under a Starlit Sky
Author - Holly Martin
Series - A Town Called Christmas
Publication Date - October 19th 2016
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 302

Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake Hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she's spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley's career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she'd only hold him back. She had to end it with him - at least that's what she keeps telling herself.

But now she has a secret she's struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve's fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?

HOW DOES HOLLY MARTIN CONTINUE TO JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER? I mean obviously she's fabulously talented, but for god sake, I can't handle how perfect her books are. Always. Without fail. And Christmas Under a Starlit Sky was no exception to that rule. It was beautifully evocative, bringing to mind all of those feelings I adore so much that Christmas time brings with it, and addictive too. I couldn't bear to put this down once I got started, but then, I'm sure I've been the same with all of Martin's previous releases too. Suffice to say, I'm a massive, massive fan.

In Holly Martin's Christmas Under a Starlit Sky, we're introduced to the wonderful Neve Whitaker who we originally meet in the first story set on Juniper Island. She's manager of the Stardust Lake Hotel and adores her job. She works alongside her family, overseeing the running of the establishment with huge amounts of passion. This job, too, keeps Neve busy and ensures she doesn't focus too much on her broken heart. Rather than keeping her readers hanging, Martin gets straight into it as the novel opens with the reappearance of Neve's one true love Oakley Rey. Confident and straight-up but with eyes only for Neve, it was impossible for me not to fall beneath his spell, as Neve had once done too. He was made of that delectable concoction of hard and soft that I find addictive in fictional heroes. It was clear from the get-go that Oakley was there for one thing and one thing only. To win his love back. But with huge secrets between them, it's not going to be easy.

Martin's characters are always so enjoyable and entertaining. Created with love and warmth, each of them, the characters secondary to Neve and Oakley's story included, are impossible not to love. From the dialogue that passes between them, to their own inner thoughts and secrets, it's addictive watching their layers unravel as their stories unfold. From the moment Neve sets eyes on Oakley again, it's obvious that she's shaken up. The chemistry between them is blinding, and this is something else that Martin is continuing to excel at with each book. Breath-taking, heart-stopping and toe-tingling romance that has you sighing wistfully because it's just so damn stunning. I adored reading of their relationship as the story progressed, as Martin took me right back to when they first set eyes on each other. Having the author take you back in time in such a way really gives you a history between the characters to cling onto. It provides you with a past to them that makes them all the more believable. Not only are we treated to Neve and Oakley's story though. In Christmas Under a Starlit Sky, Martin intertwines Adam and Ivy's story, and it was utterly adorable. There was so much to take into consideration within this book which gave me a huge amount to sink my teeth into. With small mysteries aplenty and revelations too, Martin certainly ensured that the pages were kept turning with hardly a pause between them.

If Christmas and romance and deliciously popping chemistry is what you're after, then look no further. Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin has it all. The relationships. The boundaries. The issues and problems in need of being resolved. Those moments of pure tenderness that have you swooning repeatedly. It was perfect in every way imaginable and I just couldn't get enough. I already want to be on Juniper Island and stomping through the snow with these characters. They're lovable and memorable and their stories weave their own special place into your heart.

Becca's Books is awarding Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin with five of my bookish cupcakes. Take me back already!

About the author
Holly lives in sunny Devon in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 7 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

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