Summer at Rose Island: A perfect feel good summer romance

Summer at Rose Island: A perfect feel good summer romance

by Holly Martin

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ISBN-13: 9781786810120
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 05/13/2016
Series: White Cliff Bay , #3
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 98,137
File size: 533 KB

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Summer at Rose Island: A perfect feel good summer romance 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
The Perfect Summer Read! This is the 3rd book in the White Cliff Bay trilogy, but you do not have to have read the first two to enjoy this one. I haven't read them but will go back and read them now. In this story, Darcy Davenport has returned to live in the seaside resort town she used to visit as a child. She loved visiting her aunt, who was an artist, and was happiest in the water. Darcy's parents are overbearing, stifling, dream killing and extremely critical of everything she does, whereas her aunt was the complete opposite. When Darcy was fired from her dream job as a Marine Biologist, her parents blamed her and her self-worth and confidence plummeted. She tried various jobs, but nothing worked. When she found herself a job in the White Cliff Bay area she took it in an effort to escape her parents and return to a place where she was happy. Darcy loves people and wears her heart on her sleeve. She wants to be liked and welcomed in the community and just being herself makes that happen quickly. One thing she remembers is the importance of the Lighthouse in all her Aunt's paintings. When she finds our that it is going to be torn down, she joins with the residents to save the Rose Island Lighthouse tower. The owner and builder was the Eddison family and Riley Eddison, an American has renovated the living space and is now living in it. Riley is running from problems he encountered in his small hometown in Texas. He craves the solitude of his ancestral family home, the lighthouse, and certainly didn't anticipate the council compulsory purchase order taking it from him with the intention of demolishing it. Notices had been sent about this issue, but as no one was living in it at the time, there was no response and now it is too late. And then there was the red-haired mermaid that swam to his rocks and captured his heart, much to his chagrin. What is he to do. I love Holly Martin's writing, it is so descriptive. She pulls you right into the lives of the characters and the little town. I would love to visit there and meet these people. They are friendly, lovable, and real. I love how quickly news travels from one end of the town to the other, arriving before the person walking. The battle to save the Lighthouse was well written. Anyone who has joined a campaign to save something would feel the turmoil and anger of the residents as someone from outside their community comes along to make decisions. I really enjoyed the development of Darcy and Riley's relationship. Yes, it was love at first sight, but it was not acted upon. They had to get through some baggage, push aside some of their barriers and decide if their burgeoning love was enough to surmount the obstacles in their path. There were some unexpected twists in the story that I enjoyed and helped to show that relationships can survive if you are willing to fight for them. A thoroughly enjoyable romance. If you have not read this one, then it is a perfect summer read for any romance lover out there. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Delightful summer reading - whatever the season or weather! This is another of those stories where my advice is don't read what I've written, just get yourself a copy of this delightful novel! It is the third novel set in White Cliff Bay - the earlier two are Christmas at Lilac Cottage and Snowflakes on Silver Cove - and I have loved escaping into all three of them. In this story, Darcy Davenport has returned to live in the seaside resort she used to visit as a child. She has happy memories of visiting and staying with her Aunt, an artist and the person who encouraged her to follow her dreams. This is in complete contrast to her domineering parents for whom Darcy can do nothing right. They are overbearing and critical of every aspect of her life, blaming her whenever anything goes wrong in her life. She's found herself a job and moved to White Cliff Bay area in an effort to escape their condemnation and to return to somewhere she has very happy memories of staying. The story concerns her integration into this delightful community, her part in the battle to save the Rose Island Lighthouse building and her interactions with the person who owned the lighthouse before it was compulsorily purchased by the council, Riley Eddison. He's escaping turmoil of his own and craves the solitude of his ancestoral family home, the lighthouse, and certainly didn't anticipate the council compulsory purchase order taking it from him with the intention of demolishing it. Nor has he anticipated the mermaid swimming to his shore and stealing his heart! Add in the mystery subject of one of her Aunt's paintings, superb marine life and her new job and you just know you've a great read in store! You'll also discover the significance of the ammonites in the story, too!2016-05-30 23.11.23 There are some highly talented authors who make people and places so believable you really wish you could go to live in their created community - and Holly Martin and her White Cliff Bay is one such community. Her emotive writing paints vivid images in the reader's mind, bringing to life their characters, locations and scenarios. It feels like you could walk down to the Harbour, greeting the familiar characters as you pass them... The battle to save the focal point of the community, the angst and turmoil experienced by Darcy as she settles in to the community and her new job make enthralling reading. The development of the romance is well paced and believable though the obstacles in their path seem insurmountable at times. Whilst it is the third novel in the series, it can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone, too. I could imagine enjoying reading this on the beach - but I actually thoroughly enjoyed reading it whilst relaxing in my garden at home, I believe it is the rare kind of novel that you'll just enjoy wherever you read it. Go on, give yourself a treat and escape to enjoy Summer at Rose Island! Many thanks to the author, publisher and Star Crossed Tours for providing the additional materials for this post and an ARC of the novel in exchange for this, my honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the White Cliff Bay series by Holly Martin. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
Are you ready to revisit White Cliff Bay? If so, grab you iced tea, a comfy chair and head outside. This time we visit instead of a cozy Christmas tale, Holly Martin tells the quintessential Summer tale. Summer at Rose Island is the touching tale of the clumsy and charming Darcy Davenport and the mysterious Lighthouse owner Riley Eddison. While this is the third book in the series, don't worry if you haven't read the others for it reads well as a stand alone book. I received a copy of Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Summer at Rose Island,  Holly Martin Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance  I loved Holly’s 100 proposals and the follow up story, totally adored them, so was really looking forward to reading this one despite not having read earlier White Cliff Bay stories. I enjoyed this one but...nowhere near as much as I loved the 100 reads. Its a good read, a story that flows well, is easy to follow and perhaps its just a little too easy for me, too light and gentle. I loved the characters in the village, loved Darcy and Riley was just *swoon*, but I didn’t really feel that magic pull they needed to each other. I could feel there was something, that they were attracted to each other but the story has them being hot and heavy very quickly, and well written though it was it just didn’t feel quite right to me...Not sure why but.  I wanted drama and there was some but it was subdued, and over quite quickly, and I love the long, drawn out drama reads. Its a book that's great if you want one where you can read a few chapters and put it aside, its not one where I felt I just couldn’t out it down. In fact life’s been a little difficult the past couple of weeks, and other things have taken over my reading so I’ve had to do just that. In a story that really grips me I’d feel resentful at being torn away, but this was easy to out down, and equally easy to pick up and continue. I guess its all dependent on what you want from a novel, non stop drama, story, and riveting sensuality, or a sweet romance with a decent, easy read, small town story attached. Stars: three, a good story, easy to read and fun but a little light for me ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher