Oh Elliot, what a boy! My poor ovaries! That boy is my favourite character for sure – his personality is like sunshine on a rainy day. I just want to cuddle him!! If you’ve read any of the books in the series, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss the second book, but I did. However, despite only having read the first book and then the third, I was able to slot back into Sandcastle Bay as though I had been there all along. In simple terms – you CAN read the books as a standalone with no problem at all. Although if you’re the type of reader who likes getting the background information on most of the characters, you might find it easier if you did read the books in order!
‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ focuses on Isla’s life with her little nephew, Elliot; a little boy who lost his dad at such a young age, and his mother even younger. But, with Isla having his back and loving him like he was her own child, little Elliot’s future is looking rosy. Well, as long as people stop sticking their noses into Isla and Leo’s business that is!
Be still my beating heart!!!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous book this is! Holly Martin never fails to capture my heart with her storylines and her well-rounded, colourful and beautifully written characters. Of course not all of the characters are lovely, as just like any place, there is always at least one person who is determined to stuff things up for other people. Why couldn’t people just leave Isla and Leo alone? What exactly would they benefit from watching the little family crumble before their eyes? It wasn’t fair and actually made me quite emotional as I just wanted Elliot to be settled and happy. Surely for a little boy of his age, that isn’t too much to ask?
The humour in this book was on point, as always, and I found myself holding my belly and crossing my legs whilst I laughed. I found that the giggles were just so natural and unforced, I couldn’t help but laugh with the characters. Hell, my face certainly got some exercise as my cheeks were aching from grinning so much! Not that I’m complaining obviously!
For me, ‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ is everything a romantic comedy/’chick lit’ should be and more, and that is down to Holly Martin engaging with her readers and making them believe that love is in the air. Like I have said many times, I’m not really a romantic person, yet I could feel the love between two of the characters and I believed it as though it was coming from my own heart and not theirs. I could feel the tenderness between the two characters, I don’t think that anyone would be able to miss it!
I adored every single word, every single joke, every single flutter of the heart, and every single line that Elliott came out with. I just loved this book from start to finish and I have everything crossed that the author doesn’t end the series with this book as I need to find out more. What happens to Isla and Leo afterwards?
‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ made my heart flutter, my belly laugh, my mind dream, and my cheeks ache – all the signs of an absolutely perfect, beautifully written, tender, and utterly divine read. I could read it over and over again and not get bored – more please!!
Having read 99% of Holly's books it comes as no surprise that Coming home to maple cottage is 5*+ The sandcastle bay series has been absolutely brilliant,following the lives of 3 brothers there friends the highs and the lows tears and laughter fill these books. Leo and Isla and Elliott's story really is the icing on the cake. If your looking for just 1 book this Christmas let it be this one because its "A FULL-THROTTLE TRUMPET-TOOTING EXTRAVAGANZA" I was delighted to get an early copy from net galley in exchange for a honest review.
I waited for this book to be published, as I'd read The Holiday Cottage by the sea and The Cottage on Sunshine Beach and I really wanted to find out what happened next with all the characters especially Isla and Leo., I wasn't disappointed. It was really funny and sad in places. A gripping story line. I was sorry it came to an end, I just couldn't put it down. I am addicted to Holly Martin's books she's a great writer.
I love Holly’s books as they instantly transform me to the location and involve me in the characters’ lives..this book is no exception!
Isla and Leo’s story will suck you in and leave you feeling suitably hugged by the end! Holly has a way of describing emotions and really getting you involved in the outcome!
I did find Eliott’s dialogue a little advanced for the age of the character ...I have lots of nieces and nephews of that age so was able to relate. It doesn’t spoil this lovely romance story though and I eagerly await Holly’s next book!
For me a measure of how much I enjoy a story is whether it keeps me up at night reading it. I finished this at 5am...... As normal I keep wanting to bash the main character's heads together, even the "baddie" has some redeeming features. The sense of community that I love is there, with that mixture of romance, humour and pathos that works so well for me. Recommended.
A wonderful read! Holly never disappoints. After reading the series it was wonderful to read Isla and Leo’s story, sometimes you read fictional stories which aren’t written well and leave you feeling underwhelmed but Holly has a writing style which makes you want to live in Sandcastle bay with all the quirky people who live there. Thank you for making my weekend.
Holly has done it again with another wonderful story. I have been waiting for Isla and Leo story and if definitely didn't disappoint. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone but if I was you I would read the other two stories first! As always with Holly's books I always finish far to quickly, they are just that good.
This is an absolutely lovely book! I enjoyed reading it from start to finish, nice to go back to familiar characters and a really lovely story, it felt very Christmassy reading it, was disappointed when it finished as I was enjoying it so much! Looking forward to the next one now! Denise Freeman