Coming Home To Maple Cottage
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.
Ebook available to preorder here released 8th September 2018 published by Bookoutre
This is a wonderful book, ideal for curling up with as Autumn arrives.
The seaside village of Sandcastle Bay is host to two of Holly’s previous books: The Holiday Cottage By The Sea and The Cottage On Sunshine Beach. All the characters from these books feature in this third installment Coming Home To Maple Cottage but this can easily be read as a standalone novel. After reading the first book, this is the story I was waiting for the most, I think because of Elliot predominantly, but also because Isla and Leo’s story seemed such a good one when hinted in the previous books and this did not disappoint. Easily the best in the series so far I feel, it has all the classic elements of a wonderful, uplifting, heartwarming contemporary romance.
Obviously the cover deserves a special mention because it is gorgeous; designed by Emma Rogers it features great colours and scene-setting. I imagine if it is released in paperback like the rest of the series it will look very special.
I loved that it was based around Autumn (acorn hunts and pumpkin carving festivities) rather than Christmas. Elliot’s sweet, innocent, hilarious personality stole the whole show; I just wanted to peel him from the pages and give him a huge hug, what a kid.
I felt torn by the sudden upheaval that Isla, Leo and Elliot face; I ended up feeling that all the parties involved were struggling with a lot, and it perfectly encapsulated how there are often no bad people, just difficult choices and mistakes. Every one of the main characters faced problems, vulnerabilities, and a past they were trying to overcome with second chances. It was refreshing to see a specific character not be vilified excessively but portrayed authentically and it was left to the reader to make their own judgements.
This book gave me similar emotions to the first book of Holly Martin’s that I ever read (Christmas at Lilac Cottage) and that return to her emotion-stirring, warm, escapist style of writing was perfect for this story. If you’re looking for an uplifting, heartfelt, love story then this is the book for you this Autumn!
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this free review copy in exchange for my honest, unedited feedback.