Christmas at Mistletoe Cove takes us back to Hope Island and some old favourites.
This time we follow Eden and her best friend Dougie. They have been best friends since they were children, but Eden has been in love with him for the last 12 years but feels that Dougie doesn’t feel the same for her. All is ok whilst he was living in New York as she could forget about him and get on with her life, but when Dougie decides to move back to Hope Island, Eden begins to question whether she can see him every day and him dating other women.
It was great being back on Hope Island and meeting up with Bella, Isaac and the gang. I love how Holly manages to seamlessly interlink the different stories so you feel as though you have never been away. I love finding out what’s been going on and developments in the lives of my favourite characters, but also seeing life on Hope Island from a different perspective.
We met Eden and Dougie in the previous Hope Island books and they were characters whom were easily likeable and I was thrilled to finally be able to read their story.
Holly manages to create such beautiful stories, the characters are always realistic and easily relatable. The plots are always well thought out, beautifully descriptive and take me as the reader, on a roller coaster ride of emotion.
Christmas at Mistletoe Cove was no exception. I fell in love with the Island and the islanders all over again. Holly had me hooked from page one, her beautifully descriptive and easy writing style made this an enjoyable read. The words flowed and weaved their magic, portraying scenes which quite literally blew my mind. As always I can vividly picture the scenes and the characters, Holly’s ability to tell a tale is incredible. I was hooked, reading late in to the night, desperate to see where Holly would take me next.
I love learning more about he characters and discovering how their lives develop and their relationships build and grow. Holly has an amazing ability to draw the reader in, with her catchy plots and side stories and interlinking lives, making this, as is the case with all her books a compelling read.
Even if you haven’t read the other books in the series, don’t wait. Pick this up. You won’t be sorry! Not only do you have gorgeous locations, fascinating characters and relationships, but you also have the added bonus of Christmas cheer and sparkle. What else can you ask for? This is definitely a book to be on your Christmas wish list. This is a compelling and beautifully written Christmas book, guaranteed to add some sparkle and joy to your life this Christmas. It certainly put a smile on my face.
I hope there is more to come from Hope Island 🙂
Holly has been writing for 8 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. She is the bestselling author of 18 books
Christmas at Mistletoe Cove
Christmas has arrived at Hope Island, promising snowflakes, surprises and plenty of seasonal joy. So snuggle up and fall in love at Mistletoe Cove … Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea. When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true… This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for? Christmas at Mistletoe Cove is like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day. The perfect treat this Christmas for fans of Debbie Johnson, Cathy Bramley and Miranda Dickinson.
Race to the Kill is the final installment in the Sean Denton series of books. During a busy night shift, Sean is approached by a woman asking for help. What they stumble upon is more than either he or his partner could have anticipated. As they delve in to the events at Chasebridge High School, the local Greyhound stadium becomes embroiled in the investigation, leading Sean on an investigation looking right in to the heart of the community in which he grew up.
Race to the Kill is a fantastic crime novel. From page one I was hooked and found myself desperately reading late in to the night so as to discover the secrets within the pages. Helen Cadbury managed to weave a fantastic plot with a number of different character points of views and stories which tied up seamlessly to give an explosive, edge of the seat ending. Each character and story had its place and all added to the suspense and overall build up to the finale. The detail was mind blowing and no corner was left unturned.
I loved the diverse characters in the book, each I felt had their place within the plot and were well executed. I loved Sean Denton, he was a fantastic protagonist and I loved uncovering his past and learning more about his past and how all of this led to man he was becoming. Sean was a character whom was easily likeable, I found him realistic and I enjoyed reading from his point of view. The only character in this book which I didn’t particularly like was his partner, the crime scene investigator. I felt she thought herself to be superior and actually she wasn’t a very likeable character.
I loved the inclusion of his younger sister and the family dynamics this brought to the plot. This was a book that went so much deeper than just a who done it, delving in to family dynamics, murder, homelessness and even refugees.
Race to the Kill is a superb piece of writing, which delivered page after page. I was hooked, the words flowed effortlessly, weaving its magic and enabling me to imagine vividly the scenes as they occurred. I have not yet read any of the other books in this series, but I certainly will be reading them now. Cadbury is a talented writer and this is a book to be devoured and enjoyed time and time again. While Cadbury may no longer be with us, her words are sure to be heard by many for years to come and her talent and ability to weave such a compelling read will live on.
RIP Helen, thank you for sharing with us your words and for giving us Sean Denton x
Race to the Kill
Allison & Busby
It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School where they find the dead body of a Syrian refugee. The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs and sexual abuse, and one in which his private life becomes increasingly entwined.
A lovely treat through the letter box in Clare Fisher’s All the Good Things. It was a rainy Monday and my kindle battery had died so I looked to my unread book shelf and this caught my eye. From page one I was hooked in Beth’s story – at 21 years old she is in prison, and can only see the bad in herself. When her psychiatrist suggests writing down all the good things she remembers Beth feels she will struggle. Soon however she has remembered her job at the Odeon, Orange Wednesdays, being friends with Chantelle and “your dad”.
It’s not revealed until the end of the book why Beth is in prison, but I felt from reading you could probably begin to get an idea from reading between the lines. In writing her notebook you become immersed in Beth’s life – her struggles with an absent mother, being passed through the foster care system and in believing she’d found love with a married man. When she is pregnant she has little money and becomes embroiled in debt.
It’s difficult not to feel for Beth and by the end I was a little teary at her story – probably had more effect on me being a new mum myself that I could have more of a connection in that way to the character.
A great little page turner for a rainy day!
All The Good Things
Penguin - Viking
Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve ever to feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100% bad person - deserve a chance to be good?
Holly Martin is back with another delicious read that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. We are once again back on the gorgeous and idyllic Hope Island, this time with the focus on Freya and Roma; both of whom appeared in Spring at Blueberry Bay. We also meet up with some of our old favourites and get to see what has happened since we last visited.
Freya arrived on Hope Island following her relationship break down, she finds a job with Rome and discovers a love of working with glass. Her whole life becomes entwined with Rome and Hope Island. Rome is her best friend and despite knowing from past experience that she shouldn’t have all her eggs in one basket, Freya is drawn to Rome. But as her feelings blossom she is unsure of Rome’s feelings for her and begins to second guess the briefest of touches and the looks. WIll Freya get her happy ending? Rome comes with some painful baggage and is he ready to open his heart again?
I loved Summer at Buttercup Beach, from the beginning I was drawn in to the beautiful beach setting and the beautiful Hope Island. Holly creates a magical atmosphere where it feels as though anything is possible. I loved being able to revisit the Island and its picturesque setting. Holly’s description are so beautiful and paint such a vivid picture I could easily imagine the scenes.
The characters as always are easy to love, I love meeting old and new characters and discovering their pasts. We met Freya and Rome previously so it was nice to have that back knowledge but then building on that information and discovering this whole other side to the person. I love the fact that Holly uses dual perspective, enabling me as the reader to see the story from both sides and discovering little gems of information.
I loved Freya from the start, she had this likeable quality to her and I felt the need to protect her. I could see early on she had feelings for Rome and I was desperate for her to act on these feelings and hopefully get her happy ending. It was clear he adored her but her vision was clouded by her past. As for Rome, oh man he is literally a god. He is the man of my dreams. Rome, like Freya has a past which has left him heart broken, but it was clear early on that him and Freya were destined to be together. I was desperate for them to realise this fact and that both had feelings for each other.
But things are never simple! Holly has a plot which flows beautifully, building suspense and throwing in some wicked plot twists which kept me on the hooked and desperately reading on late in to the night, desperate to see where their story would take me next and whether they would finally both get the happy ending they deserved.
Summer at Buttercup Beach is a beautiful summer read, perfect for those long summer days. This book delivers on every level, with suspense and plot twists, as well a magical romantic feeling weaving its way through the pages.
Holly is one of my favourites authors and never fails to put a smile on my face. I hope to catch up with Hope Island and its residents again soon.
Summer at Buttercup Beach
Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air…
For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…
Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.
Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?
Fall in love on Hope Island with the perfect romantic story to escape into this summer. For fans of Miranda Dickinson, Sarah Morgan and Jane Costello.
Guilty is a deliciously gripping psychological thriller. Guilty begins with a prologue setting the scene and was from the off a book unlike any I have read in recent months. At first we are introduced to the Lawson family, consisting of Constance and her parents, her uncle Karl, aunt and cousin. Constance disappears following an argument with her parents over attending a concert with her Uncle Karl, who immediately becomes prime suspect in the case, thanks to the media frenzy created by journalist Amanda.
We then learn more about Amanda, discovering her secrets and learning more about the things which have motivated her and driven her in her role as a crime journalist. As the book continues we rejoin Amanda, but have skipped forward 6 years to see she has become a media star, married to a rich man and expecting a baby. Life should be perfect. But Amanda soon discovers she has made enemies who are out for revenge and plan on taking her and her idyllic life down. is it coincidental and does it have anything to do with the cold and chilling destruction of Karl’s reputation?
Guilty is a gripping, thrilling read which took me on a whirlwind of discovery. Plot twists and turns galore kept the book fresh and exciting. With realistic, believable and complex characters, such as the cold and calculating journalist Amanda and Karl, who couldn’t help but win me over as I discovered more about his marriage and the destruction caused by Amanda’s media slaying of him following the disappearance of his Niece Constance.
Guilty was a satisfying and enjoyable read which kept me hooked with its fresh take on the psychological thriller and the impact the media and social media have on our lives and the influences they have. I really enjoyed the search for Constance and the way this was handled and how suspense was built throughout, revenge is sweet. This is one heck of a page turner!
About the author
Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist and lives in the coastal town of Malahide, Co. Dublin. She loves travelling. The beautiful South Island of New Zealand was the inspiration for her setting in The Prodigal Sister. The Burren in County Clare became the mysterious setting for Stolen Child and the Broadmeadow Estuary behind her home provides the background for The Betrayal. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor
For more details check https://www.lauraelliotauthor.com
It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.
On a warm summer’s morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing.
A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect.
Six years later …
Karl’s life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare.
An utterly compelling psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Sarah A. Denzil’s Silent Child.
The Summer House follows lifelong friends Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon as they buy and move in to the beach house of their childhood memories. Many summers Callie spent with Olivia and her family in the small seaside town of Waves. When the chance to buy an old guesthouse arises, the girls know they have to take the chance and plow all of their money in to buying and renovating the property so as to open the guesthouse again. The last thing on either of their minds is romance or falling in love, both have been hurt in the past. Not to mention all the work they need to do on the guest house.
But as always seems to be the case, when you least it expect it, fate always delivers the hunkiest of men. In the case of Callie, this is Luke Sullivan, local millionaire. A chance run in when heading out for lunch leads her to a man who is determined to be in her life. Throw in to the mix a storm which threatens the existence of the guesthouse and the journal of the previous owner which contains some explosive secrets and you know you are on to a winner.
I loved The Summer House. It was the perfect read for a warm summers day. I was mesmerised through out as I became lost in Callie’s world, discovering her secrets and seeing her learning to trust again and open her heart. Callie, was a character who was easy to like and relate to, much the same as Olivia and Luke. I never had a moment throughout where I disliked any of them. Each were well formed and beautifully described. Luke literally sounds like the man of many womens dreams, it soon becomes apparent that there is much more to him than there first seems and that is where we discover this beautiful character.
Then we have the locations. I mean what could sound more wonderful than a beachfront guesthouse. The whole town and the building were described beautifully. I could vividly imagine the picturesque places, so much so I almost feel as though I had visited. It does now mean, however that I am gutted that this beautiful place does not exist for me to enjoy in real life. As far as I am concerned you can never go far with a beach set novel, to me there is no place more beautiful and magical than along the coast, something which Jenny managed to portray throughout this book.
Jenny manages to create a masterpiece, her words flow effortlessly from the page, weaving their spell and grabbing me and drawing me in. The plot was fresh and flowed easily, a compelling read which kept me on the edge of the seat as I waited to learn the secrets within. This was a beautiful book and I am sad that I have finished, it was such a delightful read, full of love, hope and friendships. Never a dull moment, an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end.
The Summer House
Some summers will stay with you forever...
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.
Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.
Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?
The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.