Blog Tour: Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin @bookouture @HollyMAuthor


Oh my heart is so full after finishing this third installment of the Sandcastle Bay series. I am absolutely satisfied and pleased with where Isla, Leo and Elliott end up – this family made my heart melt! Best book in the series!

First of all, cover love! I adore all of Holly Martin’s cover art and this is no exception. There is something about a happy cover that makes me want to jump right in. This third book (which could also be read as a stand-alone) is the perfect icing on the cake.

Four years ago, when Isla’s brother Matthew was tragically killed in a car accident, she moved her life to Sandcastle Bay to take care of his son, Elliott. And Elliott’s godfather, Leo steps in as a father figure. This is the story of the evolution of the family’s relationship.

This was such a beautiful development of their relationship – Isla and Leo went through a lot of ups and downs in this story, I was fully immersed in everything that happened. I grew so fond of all the characters (and especially the eccentric and hilarious Aunt Agatha) and I will be sad to say goodbye to them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: can I please live in the idyllic Sandcastle Bay?!

This is technically a romance novel but it’s also so much more! Hope, perseverance in the face of adversity, family bonds, humor, laughter and love.

Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation to be on the blog tour. This book is now available!

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Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

about the author:

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 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. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor


  1. Shalini · 15 Days Ago

    I loved this book. The best one in the series according to me.. I am going to miss them too

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Carol (Bookaria) · 15 Days Ago

    What a beautiful cover!!! And the description sounds enticing 💕

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I completely agree best book of the series, and I am so sad to say goodbye to these characters! I so want to live in a cottage with a name Hot Chocolate cottag might be my favorite! With that treehouse named Marshmallow cottage, are you kidding me!

    Lovely review!💕💕e

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  4. Mackenzie · 14 Days Ago

    Gosh, you’re making me want to live in sandcastle bay too, Melisa!!! This sounds positively heart-warming!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Holly B / Dressedtoread · 14 Days Ago

    Sounds wonderful Melisa!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. carhicks · 14 Days Ago

    I have all three of these books but have not read them. I think this will be a trilogy that I read in October. Great review and wonderful comments from all the other bloggers. I need some cozy romance with some humour and hope.


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