The bestselling author of One Hundred Proposals and The Guest Book is back with a big hearted romantic comedy and I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour for Holly’s new book Fairytale Beginnings
What’s it about?
Love is an open door… except when it keeps slamming in your face!
Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?
It’s always difficult reviewing someone’s book when you’ve had positive interaction with them but in order to give your blog and yourself credibility you have to be honest. So, that said, I really loved Holly’s previous novel The Guestbook as it was quite different to other books in this genre so was looking forward to this one as I like a rom-com and I like Disney….
Holly’s writing style is very easy to get along with and is extremely relatable; I enjoy her down-to-earth approach and I liked that she gives us a little bit of Milly followed by a little of Cameron analysing the same scene and conversation which did allow me to assume how the plot would twist.
This book is good fun, a bit cheesy, a bit sexy, a bit tense, a bit mysterious and I found myself matching the book’s characters to Disney characters although those 3 old village women reminded me of the 3 witches in Macbeth – very double, double toil and trouble in a laughable way which brings me on to the Summer Solstice ceremony which was quite strange and very Midsomer Murders!
However, Milly’s eternal optimism and at times childish ways did started to grate on me a little, which probably says more about me than her to be fair. And I found their initial conversation and obvious attraction slightly irritating; Cameron was prepared to be quite open about how he pleasures women in bed and Milly responds albeit stilted but then they couldn’t be upfront about what they thought of each other and what was happening between them…..and that whole to-ing and fro-ing with professionalism, I was just shouting at them in my head to get on with it 🙂
When the relationship did start to develop and progress I was glad that the sexy scenes were sufficiently racy but without being overly explicit, some readers don’t like reading about character’s getting it on so if you want explicit read 50 Shades of Grey etc.
This book is what is says on the tin and was just what I needed after a run of less than engaging reads. Overall, a light easy read, perfect for the summer and for rom-com and Disney lovers – Read the first chapter here…Chapter One
Many thanks to Bookouture for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley, and Holly, best of luck with the book! 🙂
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About the author Holly Martin
Holly has been writing for six 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. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.
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