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?
At first, Bella's sheer altruism and saintliness got on my nerves - how can anyone be that nice??? But then she started to grow on me, so much so that this book took over my life and wouldn't let me stop reading until I finished it (I need to apologise to my hubby at this point...)
Don't expect a sweet, easy love story from Ms Martin; this is a passionate, intense and sometimes raunchy read. The heat level is above what I normally go for, or anticipate, in a chick lit, but the sex scenes aren't gratuitous, and they slot into the story with ease. The build up of the MCs' relationship was really well done, and the characters themselves are nicely portrayed.
I laughed my socks off at the interview scene - but what's worse is that I'm actually thinking about giving Bella a call next time I apply for another job!
About the Author
Holly lives 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.
Follow her on Twitter @hollymartin00
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