Review: Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin


Date of Publication: May 13th 2016

Publisher: Bookouture

Purchase: Amazon

Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

My Review:

When you’ve read the first two books in the White Cliff Bay series and fell in love with them, then you found out that there’s a new book out, of course you’ll jump at the chance of reading them. I remembered wanting to go back there and immerse myself in the town I love so much and wanting to see my favourite characters from the first two books again. In that regards, I’m glad to say that Holly Martin really hits the marks. I adore this book so much! Eventhough there were a few things that kind of bothers me but I can’t help falling in love with the characters, the settings and the storylines.

Summer at Rose Island started off with Darcy moving to White Cliff Bay for a fresh start after a series of failed relationship and jobs. There, she met Riley when she swam over to his island and through a series of misunderstanding, their relationship were off to a rocky start. Throw in a lighthouse that is set to be demolished, a budding romance and an array of small town characters, you’ve got a sweet summery romance to fall for.

I love a lot of things about this book. First of all, the characters. I felt that Darcy is a real girl who knows what she wants and is not afraid to show her geeky side. I thought that she’s a very endearing character and the way she just adapted to life in White Cliff Bay is admirable. I also love Riley, that eventhough he seems closed off in the early part of the book, the way he opens up to Darcy is just so nice to see. I also love how the old characters from the first two books kept popping up, especially Libby and George, which feels just like meeting your old friends to catch up with them.

I’ve always loved White Cliff Bay from the very start so to get to go back and just enjoy the surrounding area is amazing. I love the lighthouse which is Riley’s home and the description that the author used is so vivid that you can really imagine White Cliff Bay as a real place and as a reader, I have always loved it when authors can make me feel that way.

As for the storylines, I love how the author used the lighthouse as the central part of the story where it was set to be demolished in favour of a newer and more modern lighthouse. When the townspeople found out that a hotel is planned to be built on the island, they band together to save the lighthouse. It’s always nice to see such nice camaraderie and especially so from people who truly care about each other and eventhough Riley was described as someone who keeps himself to himself and therefore never really socialize with others, they still rally around to help the cause.

However, they are few things that bother me a little bit while reading this book. I’m a fan of books where the pace is quick and things start happening one after another, but the problem in this book is that it’s too fast! Darcy met Riley and then promptly fell in love with him (and him with her) and within a week they were this close to moving in together and it gets kind of unbelievable when you think of Darcy being the newcomer to the town and suddenly she was like in the thick of it all to save the lighthouse and everyone around her just seems to accept it. I can’t help thinking that if the author had fleshed out a bit more time for the relationship between Darcy and other townspeople and also Darcy and Riley, maybe add in a couple more months, it would have been more perfect than it already is.

I would still recommend this book though, especially for those who love cosy, summery read because that’s what you will feel when you read this 🙂

My rating: 4hearts

Disclaimer: I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.


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