Review: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

Monday, 11 September 2017 No comments
Christmas at Mistletoe Cove Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’m a relatively new super-fan of Holly Martin and I am currently happily reading as many books by her in the shortest amount of time as is humanly possible.

Having read this mini series in slightly the wrong order, I found myself desperate to read Dougie and Eden’s story. Having shared a bond since childhood and following that “KISS” before Dougie left for the USA, Eden and Dougie have been the closest of friends over the last 12 years but their friendship has been at a cost, especially to Eden.

Eden felt cruelly rejected by Dougie after their kiss at Mistletoe Cove, the night before he told her he was moving to the USA with his family. Since then Eden has been unable to commit to any relationship let alone fall in love. I mean how could she, her heart belongs to Dougie and only Dougie. It’s impossible for Eden to even attempt to move on especially with Dougie’s daily messages, constant visits and overly affectionate nature. I mean, what’s not to love. Dougie is everyone's dream man.

When Dougie announces that he’s returning to Hope Island, all of Eden’s friends, family and the rest of the islanders know that he’s coming home to Eden but with Eden’s heart still in tatters, Dougie has a near impossible task on his hands if he intends to move their friendship towards a relationship. With his plots and plans though, Dougie does everything in his power to win Eden’s heart but will Eden be able to move on from her previous heartbreak and let Dougie love her, unconditionally?

This really was a special book which combined heartbreak, sadness, hope and sheer determination, on Dougie’s part. Eden was one tough nut to crack and despite throwing everything he has in his emotional arsenal at Eden, she continually refuses to accept that they can find their HEA together. Imagine a length of rope, dropped on the floor and coiled with twists, turns and impossible knots and that will give you an idea of how complicated Dougie and Eden’s love life is.

Holly’s writing style is both captivating and endearing. You can’t help but lose reading hours at the hands of her storytelling abilities and am I yet to find a book by her that I haven’t fallen 100% in love with. I just wish that I could step into the pages of her books myself!

This ebook was kindly provided by the author, publisher and Netgalley prior to release date in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay

Friday, 8 September 2017 No comments
Spring at Blueberry Bay Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Another amazing story which I read non-stop in one day. I just love the way Holly Martin brings her characters to life. You can't help but get swallowed up by her books.

This set me up nicely to move straight on to Dougie and Eden's story.

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Can Plagiarism Ever be Conquered?

Sunday, 3 September 2017 No comments


The indie-writing world has been rocked this week with the news that yet another self-published author has had her work plagiarised but what does this really mean to the book industry as we know it?  

In reality, very little will change.  Book plagiarism has been going on for years and yet still authors are continually finding themselves the victims of what amounts to theft.  Sadly, this news has made me question the authenticity and credibility of all authors.  Can we really know and trust our favourite authors not to plagiarise or do we blindly read on in the hope that the book we are enjoying has not been lifted from another source?  With so many books on the market, the chances of stumbling across a duplicitous book is highly unlikely and this makes all authors fair game to those looking to profit from their success.  We all know that the ebook market is hugely rewarding financially to indie authors with many making a decent earning from book sales, so is it the financial incentive that tempts people to plagiarise or is it more for the fame that comes with the media success of writing a bestseller?   With so many book signings taking place worldwide, and new authors popping up and marketing multiple books within their first year of writing, it begs the question: how many people sitting at those tables are genuine authors?