22. May, 2016

Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

  Over the last year I have become a big fan of Holly Martin, she is a fantastic writer and her books always seem to take me on a bit of an emotional roller coaster - and Summer at Rose Island was no different.

  This is the third book by Holly that I have read and, just like the others, I was gripped by the first chapter, where we meet Darcy Davenport. Darcy has moved to the seaside town of White Cliff Bay to escape London and her rather disapproving parents, who find disappointment in almost everything Darcy does. Darcy has spent her whole life trying to please her parents and, after losing her job as a Marine Biologist, she decides enough is enough, she needs a fresh start and so she heads off to White Cliff Bay - a place she spent many summers as a child with her aunt, a place she has many fond memories of. 

  Within a few days of arriving at White Cliff Bay, Darcy swims out to Rose Island, where the old light house is situated, and meets the gorgeous Riley Eddison, who may be extremely easy on the eye, but is not so friendly to our Darcy.

  Riley has moved from Texas to White Cliff Bay, the town where his father grew up, to escape his past. He’s keen to keep himself to himself but, when Darcy rocks up on his island, all that goes out of the window, as she’s hell bent on saving his light house, which the council want to demolish.

  Darcy isn’t the only person wanting to save the light house, which has been in Riley’s family for generations, the whole town get behind Darcy. White Cliff Bay is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone. It’s a friendly town and they all want to take care of each other. Though it makes for some hilarious reading, when certain things Darcy and Riley would rather keep to themselves, get out and spread around the town. Everyone knows everyone’s business and Riley struggles with this.

  Darcy makes a big impression on the people of White Cliff Bay, especially on a certain light house keeper, and is soon leading the way in the Save Our Light House campaign.

I absolutely loved this book, and even though I was disappointed that it had ended, it left me with a big soppy smile on my face.

You won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in Love with White Cliff Bay, the story pulls you in in such a way that you’ll want to spend your own summer there.

Holly Martin is a fantastic writer, and I would highly recommend this book. Although it’s the third book in a series, it can be read as a standalone story and I’m really disappointed that I didn’t read Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cove first.

Well done, Holly, I’m off to down load Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver cove.

A well deserved  five stars from me.


Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. 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 6 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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