Book Review: The Guestbook by Holly Martin

The Guestbook

Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on The Guestbook blog tour. I hope it sounds your thing because this one is a little treat!

The GuestbookWhat’s it about?BBC 2014

Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.
This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.
Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying wish you were here – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

My thoughts

I’ve got a bit bored of typical romance novels as late but had promised to read The Guestbook as part of the Gosling Girls book tour. Well, I’m glad I did because this isn’t your usual style of chick lit rom-com novel. It’s a real breath of fresh air!

Each chapter is dedicated to a particular date when guests are visiting and via The Guestbook we’re treated to snippets of people’s lives of those who stay in the cottage.  Through these visitors leaving their messages we also learn about Annie and her life. There’s a real mix of relatable characters that bring the cottage and story to life…some you’ll love, some not so much (the awful Mrs Applecroft – I’m so glad she got her comeuppance!).

I like that my Kindle version had each person writing in a different font and their own identifiable writing style. You soon get to used to who’s who and I really liked this style.

As I was reading I did think these people are very open and honest in the things that they write in this book for all to read and then on the next page:

It seems that not having the pressure of talking face to face means that people can put what they really feel in this book.

Overall, an original heart-warming novel which will have you routing for Annie all the way!

Buy the book The Guestbook

**Now YOU can get involved too, here is Holly’s very own Guestbook online, take the time to visit and leave a comment and join in the fun**

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