Book Review: Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin

Many thanks to Holly for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for her new book, billed as “a festive, feel good Christmas romance

Snowflakes on Silver CoveWhat’s it about?

Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.

But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas?

My thoughts

This is the second in the White Cliff Bay series, you can read my thoughts on book one Christmas at Lilac Cottage here. I enjoyed going back to White Cliff Bay; mingling with old and new characters and touching on events that happened in Snowflakes on Silver Cove but from an alternative character’s point of view.

This is a rom-com with some real laugh out loud snorting moments, I liked the characters in the book and have book friend envy in George and Libby’s initial friendship.

It definitely made a nice change to have an insecure male lead character with a dominant female lead. I can’t think of another book in this genre that I’ve read with this dynamic.

Maybe as I’m a bit older than this book’s intended audience I would like to hear more about Verity’s story, I bet she has some tales to tell, and once Judith gets on her cruise I have a feeling there’ll be no stopping her.

With Holly’s easy flowing writing style I was able to read the book in a day when I was ill in bed and was the perfect pick me up.

Many thanks to Bookouture for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley, and Holly as always, best of luck with this new book!

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

About the author Holly Martin

Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival Holly-Martin-500pxof 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.

Connect with Holly

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My month in books – September

What’s happened in September?

I met other bloggers IN REAL LIFE! Because that wasn’t intimidating at all…..

On September 12th I went to the Book Blogger Bonanza hosted by Waterstones in Birmingham. This was a bit of a blogger get-together but there was also a panel of book bloggers and vloggers which included Chelley Toy from Tales of Yesterday, Mariam from Hello I am Mariam, author Lauren James and chaired by vlogger Lee Farnell. It was an interesting discussion on blogging, techniques, schedules, allsorts really.

There were loads of book giveaways; seriously they were just giving away box after box of books, a raffle and an opportunity to mingle if you wished. It was great to meet and chat with Holly from Bookaholic Confessions and Dominique from Playing Parent.

It was predominantly YA focused and had I known I probably wouldn’t have gone but it was still a very enjoyable evening nonetheless. It would be great if Waterstones would host a similar event but with a variety of genres.

My bookish swag

My bookish swag

Books read: 6

TenacityNormalChristmas at Lilac CottageThe Slaughter ManThe Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Quality of Silence

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR:

1984The Moving Finger

Currently reading: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Favourite book for September: The Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

What’s coming up in October?

  • My birthday and blog birthday
  • Cheltenham Literary Festival – seeing Carrie Hope Fletcher, Katharine Woodfine with Robin Stevens, Jojo Moyes & Sue Perkins

How was your September and what are you looking forward to in October?

Book Review: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Many thanks to Holly for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for her new book, billed as “A perfect romance to curl up by the fire with” and I can’t argue with that!

Christmas at Lilac CottageWhat’s it about?

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

My thoughts

Welcome to White Cliff Bay; a small sea-side town where everyone knows everyone else’s business 😉

From the opening scenes you know where this book is going to lead (nudge nudge wink wink)! Henry’s hot and hot-tempered whilst Penny doubts her self-worth and her self-esteem is in the toilet but it’s still lust at first sight. It’s a fun read as they go through all the initial “he likes me, she likes me not” to-ing and fro-ing and then their ensuing relationship antics.

You can always guarantee Holly will give you likeable unpretentious characters; all flawed in some way but totally relatable, just like people you know down the street. This book gives the impression that it’s all sweetness, light and cuteness but there is a deeper theme running through it; in that stuff that happens in our past, affects and shapes our futures, and is always there lingering in the background waiting to mess with our heads. It’s scary how much I saw of myself in Penny even with the 10 year age gap and still do.

Now, I did find Henry’s over-protectiveness of Daisy somewhat grating, having been a single parent to a teenage girl I understand how hard it is but you just get on with it. I did find some of the pussy-footing around Daisy somewhat mollycoddling; then I don’t have much patience for this type of stuff in real life, harsh I know! Also not entirely sure I would have chucked myself in the sea for that child either; heartless maybe, god I sound like the worst human being ever! I would have sounded the alarm of course!

Top marks go to character Jill; think we could all do with a Jill in our lives!

What I do like about Holly’s books is that you do know what you’re gonna get…a heart-felt rom com with likeable characters, a heart-warming story and a happy ending. A lovely Christmas read!

Many thanks to Bookouture for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley, and Holly as always, best of luck with the book!

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

About the author Holly Martin

Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival Holly-Martin-500pxof 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.

Connect with Holly

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WWW Wednesday (September 16th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what’s on your reading list this week…

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Lots of mentions of other literary works in here which I like. So far, a good natured feel good book.

The blurb

Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.

But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

I recently finished reading 2 books

The Slaughter ManThe Slaughter Man by Tony Parsons

I read this in one day over the weekend, a combination of a good storyline and time on my hands. It’s quite brutal from the opening scenes so not one for the faint-hearted.

The blurb

A murdered family. A dying serial killer. A missing child. DC Max Wolfe hunts a pitiless killer through the streets of London. By the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of The Murder Bag.

 

and….

Christmas at Lilac Cottage

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Ok, so was a little strange reading a Christmas novel in September but this was a light-hearted fun novel and was well needed after reading a dark serial killer novel.

I hate seeing all the Christmas stuff in the shops so early

The blurb

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

What’s up next?

The Versions of UsThe Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

Am progressing really well with the Netgalley Challenge and this will be book 5. After speaking with a fellow blogger about this book at the Book Blogger Bonanza last weekend I decided to go for this one next.

The blurb

What if you had said yes . . . ?

Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog.

What happens next will determine the rest of their lives.

We follow three different versions of their future – together, and apart – as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day.

The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow.

What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

Do share what you’re reading this week in the comments below

WWW Wednesday (September 9th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

NormalNormal by Graeme Cameron

My first read for the Netgalley Challenge has been on my TBR since earlier this year and is a change to my planned read. I also have a paperback of this so two birds, one stone and all that. I’d heard good things about it when it was released and whilst I can appreciate the dark humour, it makes me feel uncomfortable.

The blurb

He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you as you pass him and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving to let you into the lane ahead of him.

What you don’t know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he’s carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he’s holding there against her will–one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her.

This is how it’s been for a long time. It’s normal…and it works. Perfectly.

Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room…the others. He doesn’t need any of them anymore. He needs only her. One small problem–he still has someone trapped in his garage.

Discovering his humanity couldn’t have come at a worse time.

I recently finished reading…

TenacityTenacity by J.S. Law

I don’t tend to read much actual crime drama as such so this was a break from the norm for me and one which I enjoyed. I found the first half of the investigation to be a little slower paced but following a significant event aboard Tenacity I then raced through the remainder of the book. Would quite like to see this translated to the small screen in the same way ITV did with UK Law & Order.

The blurb

Suicide must be investigated.

Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife’s brutal murder.

Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy’s finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there’s a link.

Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.

Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out…

What’s up next?

Christmas at Lilac CottageChristmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

Ok, so it’ll be a little strange reading a Christmas novel in September but I’m taking part in Holly’s blog tour at the end of the month and prefer not to read at the last minute. This is also one of my Netgalley’s!

The blurb

Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Do share what you’re reading this week in the comments below