23 Aug 2017


Book Review / Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin

Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

Published:     13th May 2016
Publisher:  Bookouture
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 3, White Cliff Bay
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


What I liked about this story...  Having read the first book in this series a little while ago (and loved it) I was really excited to pick this one up.  I know this is book 3 in the series but book 2 looked like it was based around Christmas time and I'm not going to read a Christmas book in the summer.  I was hoping that this was one of those book series that I can just dip in and out of and I was right.  To me, it really didn't matter that I had skipped a book, this book had its own plot line.  

What I liked the most was the dynamic between Darcy and Riley.  You have Darcy who is new to White Cliff Bay and doesn't like being told what to do.  Riley has lived in White Cliff Bay for most if not all of his life and doesn't like change but change is what is happening.   

What I didn't like about this story...   There were some parts of the story that didn't feel right to me.  You have Darcy who up until now has been a failure in the job department having unsuccessfully had 17 jobs.  She is then offered a job at the local council, a job that looks like it holds a lot of responsibility and something that she has no qualifications for and seemingly no training for.  She is a trained marine biologist which is vastly different to what she has ended up doing (although I do admit that there is a reason for why she has stopped doing that).  I also didn't agree with the choice that Darcy made when working for the council.  The decision she made just made her seem a bit unlikeable in that moment.