Monday, 24 October 2016

Review and Blog Tour - Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin

Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.
Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she's spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?
It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley's career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she'd only hold him back. She had to end it with him - at least that's what she keeps telling herself.
But now she has a secret she's struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve's fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?
Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heartwarming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.

I would like to thank Bookouture for approving me to read this book on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

For the second book in this series, we're back on Juniper Island and the small town of Christmas. In this book we follow the story and Neve and Oakley as well as Adam and Ivy. I liked Neve as a character and she was trying to do the right thing but making a total mess of doing it. Oakley not so much at times I wanted to slap him around the head and just say listen. Adam and Ivy are the unsung stars of this book and I really loved these two characters.

If you follow my reviews you will know that all though I love Holly's books I have been struggling to connect with some of the main characters but in this one, it wasn't the case and feel that I am finally finding my love of reading and of Holly's books again.

This is a great Christmas story and not too sweet around the edges that if gets annoying as some Christmas books do these days and as I said in my previous review the descriptions are wonderful without being over the top flowery and going on for page after page. The action is fast paced enough and had me up til the early hours reading.

I would love for Holly to revisit the town of Christmas in the summer time but as there was an epilogue in this book I'm not sure this is going to happen. I would also have liked to read Luke's story.

Holly Martin
Holly lives in sunny Devon 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 an 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 7 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. 
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