Blog Tour: Book Review - Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner...

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined...

But Isaac is not what he seems. He's keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can't ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she's had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

Dear readers, tell me, is it possible for a reader to fall head over heels in love with a story again and again and again in just one reading? Because that is what happened to me as I began to discover the wonderful Hope Island and the gorgeously real and lovable characters within Spring at Blueberry Bay, created by the genius that is Holly Martin, whose creativity (and fictional sparkle!) seems to know no boundaries. If hopelessly romantic, scorching-hot and emotional stories are the kind that you enjoy, then you are in for an absolute treat because this book has all of that, and then some.

In Holly Martin's Spring at Blueberry Bay, we are introduced to Bella. We meet Bella at a time in her life when everything seems to be spiralling hectically downhill. She's out of a job. She's out of an income. And, as we soon discover, she is also out of food. Bella's living off bowls of porridge, and she knows she desperately needs a change to come about ASAP. The only thing is, she just can't bring herself to ask her family for help. Having helped her already so much throughout life, Bella feels that asking Rome, or Eden, or her aunty and uncle for anything, is perhaps taking the biscuit. It isn't, of course. They'd all be more than willing to help Bella when the going gets tough. But still... she just can't seem to do it. Besides, having recently applied for a job as a charity events fundraiser, which Bella feels she is PERFECT for, she is crossing everything that it all goes to plan. No more porridge. No more scraping. And no more trying to make ends meet. She is pinning her hopes on this vacancy, but so far her pretty dismal past has managed to crush any other opportunities, so who knows whether it will lead anywhere? Only time will tell.

Enter Isaac, who Bella stumbles upon one night outside of her cottage, homeless and in need of a helping hand. In disguise, Isaac can hardly believe that Bella opens her home to him. I mean, how many people do you know who would willingly invite a stranger into their home? Bella even shares her very last scrapings of porridge with Isaac, rendering him speechless at her generosity and good-will. Her golden heart, her willingness to see the good in people, is more incredible than anything he has witnessed before. Little does Bella know, Isaac has more to do with her future than she realises and things are about to get a little heated in a surprising turn of events that ultimately floor her, but might just lead to something more too.

I've really got to start thinking about different ways to put what I'm about to say (because I am sure I've said the same thing in my previous reviews of Martin's books), but good grief, I absolutely and utterly adored this story! Holly knows just how to place her reader in the glorious settings she whips up, knows just how to make the reader feel as though they themselves are a character participating in the fictional goings-on which, let's be honest, is magic, isn't it? Little by little, as Holly's wonderful characters came forward and were introduced to me, I began to fall deeper and deeper in love with them all, and the way their stories were told. But of course, in Spring at Blueberry Bay, our main focus is Bella, and her journey towards feeling brave enough to take a chance on love, and courageous enough to place her trust in someone else's hands. More specifically, Isaac's.

As always, Holly Martin has created a beautiful story set in a wholly desirable location with characters you can't help but to love, and situations that either have you giggling until your sides hurt, sniffling away tears of pure emotion, or swooning hopelessly over a couple who perhaps aren't real, but feel devastatingly so. You will be swept up into life on Hope Island, and swallowed whole into a romance that consumes you, as it consumes Bella.

Readers, if you're looking for the perfect story to lose yourself in as the warmer days begin to arrive, then look no further. Spring at Blueberry Bay is a novel that enforces the fact that anything can happen, and that life can change at any moment, most likely when you least expect it. It will strengthen your belief in dreams coming true, and that finding your happy-ever-after is more than possible. With thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this book.

About the author

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea.

She studied media at university which let to a glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an 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 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 most.

Holly has been writing for seven 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 in 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival fo Romance 2014.

You can purchase your copy of Spring at Blueberry Bay here.
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  1. I have this in my review queue and you've made me want to bump it up a bit...Thank you!