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The Holiday Cottage by the Sea

(Sandcastle Bay #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,117 ratings  ·  151 reviews
The perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Tori Graham is in need of a holiday. Trying to piece her heart back together after losing the love of her life, she escapes to Blossom Cottage, with its picturesque views of the sea. And plans to spend the summer in gorgeous Sandcastle Bay, where her best friend Melody Rosewood lives.

Tori’s not expecting her summer by the b
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published April 12th 2018 by Bookouture
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Four beachy stars to The Holiday Cottage by the Sea! 🏖 🏖 🏖 🏖

Sometimes you need an easy, fun read to escape the real world, and The Holiday Cottage by the Sea plopped onto my Kindle at just the right time.

It turns out Tori Graham needs a vacation from real life, too! With a broken heart, she heads off to picturesque Sandcastle Bay for the summer. Tori meets Aidan/girl meets boy, and the rest is an endearing tale of love.

The Holiday Cottage by the Sea is an absorbing read full of heart, along w
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 magical Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

I want to go to Blossom Cottage on Sandcastle Bay... I want to pick berries, build a boat, and eat cake.... everything about this book was so magical and sweet....

Tori was such a real and likable character.... I completely related to her struggle.... and so wanted her to find her happily ever after with Aiden.... but how does a relationship build off a conversation that you only want to keep things casual... nobody wants to get hurt... again.... in the land of the heart b
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re in a funk and need a little sunshine in your life, or need to be reminded that love can be beautiful, pick up a Holly Martin book.

So super romantic, fun and cozy - it’s no secret here that I’m an Anglophile, and I am bound and determined to move to Seashell Cove where everything is idyllic. Really, though, at least a vacation there would be nice!

There are likable characters and a lot of laugh out loud moments, but with a healthy dose of serious situations thrown in so that it’s not to
Elle's Book Blog
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: standalones, chicklit
Release Date: April 12, 2018
Genre: Chick Lit
Actual Rating: 4 stars

Holly Martin always manages to put a smile on my face through her books. Sure, some of them follow the same pattern and the only difference is characters, but the places she takes me to makes it so that these similarities don't matter. Her stories are uplifting, light, funny, heartfelt, and utterly charming. Her characters are delightful, a breath of fresh air, and downright adorable. And the sparkle of romance? Well, it may
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If there was ever a book which made me laugh uproariously, it is this book

If there was ever a book which made me want to hug it, it is this book

If there was such a book that I wanted to never let go, it is this book

If there was such a book which should go on and on, it is this book

If there was ever a book where the characters were so loving, it is this book

If there was ever a book where the town was such a loving busy-body, it is this book

If there was ever a book which had an outrageous Aunt Aga
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
‪It has been far too long since I have read a Holly Martin book and The Holiday Cottage by the Sea was just the book I needed to read right now. The thing I love most about Holly’s books is how magical they are and how easily swept up I get in them. She is probably one of the most inventive writers in this genre because her stories are always so unique whether it be in the characters she creates, the jobs they do, or the places they live. Just looking at her previously published books astounds m ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
I love books that create such a wonderfully vivid setting that you want to move to Sandcastle Bay to meet your new friends. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to everyone and I hope that we return at some stage to catch up with everyone .
Tori has taken a holiday helping Aidan to harvest the heartberry crop which has wonderful local traditions surrounding it. It has to be harvested at night and they get together after realising there is a huge spark of attraction between them The pages sizzle as the r
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Utterly enchanted by this incredibly romantic story, set in a picturesque location, full of characters with really interesting jobs..... it can only have been written by one of the queens of rom coms - Holly Martin!

I devoured this book and despite not being that keen on fruit, even I wanted to taste the heartberries that were being harvested by the end of the book.

The banter between Aidan and Tori is hilarious and although you sort of know what the ending will be, I never mind when I am taken
This is the first book in a new romcom series by this talented author and, as usual for her books, I loved it. It is definitely one of those stories where I respectfully suggest you grab yourself a copy and read it yourself rather than reading my review of it! It is an emotive page turner story of loss, secrets, community, traditions, romance and new opportunities and I didn’t want to stop reading it till I had reached the end.

The setting and community are brilliantly portrayed and developed, br
Karen Whittard
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do a little happy dance every time Holly has a new book out. Why because her books always make me smile and leave me feeling happy.

This book is simply no exception and I do not know how you keep churning out such warm and feel good reads.

Tori’s life isn’t quite going to plan. She has lost the love of her life, and her life has taken an unexpected turn. Wanting to get her life back on track. Tori decides to take a holiday at Blossom cottage. Tori is excepting a lovely quite getaway by the sea
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been reading every single new release from Holly Martin these past 4 years and lately I have been a bit disappointed by her stories and unfortunately I have been disappointed once again. To be fair, I really enjoyed the first half of the book, but then, I started to find the story a bit too long. Nothing really new happens in the book. The same thing goes over and over during the entire book and it's a bit boring in my opinion. I would have preferred to have more events going on. Also I f ...more
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a smile inducing book this is!! Even some of the characters and houses have such pretty names - just take a look at 'Blossom Cottage' and 'Melody Rosewood'!

Personally, I found the theme of the storyline to be a little bit predictable in terms of the various situations which several characters found themselves in, which meant that I wasn't overly surprised by the turn of events later on in the book. That said, Holly
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holly Martin has never failed to leave me anything sort of ecstatic after reading her books. Having recently taken a bit of a step back from reading and reviewing I have found myself choosing what to read at leisure and in some cases going back over older books. I came across this on my Kindle and assumed I had read it, until I checked and to my horror realised there were in fact two books by Holly Martin I hadn’t read. Now I do recall reading Coming Home to Maple Cottage which is set in the sam ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I really enjoy Holly Martin's trilogy and after reading the first book in this one, I am looking forward to reading more about the friends living in Sandcastle Bay. I actually listened to this book and once I got used to the British accents, I loved the narration. It made me feel part of the story, listening to this group of friends as they moved through their lives and relationships.

Tori Graham, needs a break from her bustling life in London. After the end to a relationship, she sets off to San
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be an easy read, perfect for the beach or, in my case, the backyard deck! I laughed, cried and felt all the emotions of the characters in the book. My favorite character is Beast. What a great dog! The humans were great a well. Tori's story is both sad and heartwarming. I kept hoping she would make good decisions (no spoiler here!).

This is a wonderful novel for summer. It's one of those that are light yet have real emotions in it. I completely enjoyed reading it.

Thank you t
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well Holly has done it yet again, she has provided us with another outstanding story which was wonderful, funny and so very heartfelt in places.  My heart has well and truly melted with this delightful story.

Holly just has such a wonderful way with words that just makes her stories truly magical and come alive within your imagination. She also never fails to create such wonderful and entertaining characters within her stories.

I love how the story was told from the perspective of two of the mai
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, chick-lit
Holly Martin’s ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ is about Tori Graham, who moves from the hustle and bustle of London to a sleepy little village by the sea called Sandcastle Bay. As you would often expect from a book of the chick lit genre, Tori has a lot of hang-ups about finding love, and is simply heading away for a holiday, with no intention of finding love. Alas, she meets Aidan and feelings develop, and love blossoms. It’s a lovely easy read with a feel good plot and happy ending, so is gre ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Outstanding once again read in one sitting could not put this new book down just love Tori and what an amazing character she is Asian so not to bad himself can't wait for a follow up
Jennifer Bibby
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, easy romance.
Emma Crowley
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not since I read Holly Martin's Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky, a book I would call one of my all time favourite Christmas reads, have I been this excited about a book from this author. The Holiday Cottage by the Sea is the first in a planned trilogy, The Sandcastle Bay series, and from the moment I started to read just so many good vibes and feelings oozed from the page that I couldn't bare to leave it out of my hands. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the Hope Island series which came between the ...more
Steph Lawrence
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely, heartwarming book.
The publisher’s description of ‘An utterly gorgeous feel good romantic comedy’ is spot on….truly gorgeous.
This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel. A picture-perfect setting, a man and a woman. A dog and a turkey who thinks it’s a dog.
I imagined I was there in the small English seaside town of Sandcastle Bay, and the views were fantastic in my head.
Tori and Aidan are really drawn to each other. The feelings are there instantly but they try
Donna Maguire

I am a massive fan of this author's works, I haven't been disappointed yet and eagerly await the next release so I was delighted when I saw that this book was out now!!

This is such a gorgeous book to read - I loved the cover, the story, the characters and the end - in fact there was nothing or about the book I did not enjoy!!

Holly writes books set in the most delightful locations and I would love to visit them - another five star read - I loved it and it
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It's been too long since I've read Holly Martin's book and this is why I was that excited to start reading "The Holiday Cottage at the Sea", and really guys, I haven't realised how much I've missed Holly's gorgeous, warm writing and her hilarious characters. So whatever you do, you just have to find time for this brilliant novel - it made me smile so much and it made me feel better. Yes, with Holly's book you know where you're heading to and yes, I'd love Holly to surprise us with one huge unpre

Aidan has stolen my heart ❤️

Holly’s books are endearing, sentimental, witty, heartwarming and nostalgic, just what every romance reader is looking for!

This story, as with all of Holly’s books, meanders around seaside village life on the south coast of England and goes about capturing the many colourful residents that reside there. These colourful locals include a local elderly self-proclaimed psychic, Agatha, whose her loveably quirky and beguiling ways will leave you in hoots; Dobby, a turkey w
Kat Robson
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Romance at its best...
I did a little dance when i realised Holly had another book out and i couldnt be happier reading it.
It so full of romance one could burst. The quirky characters are one not to be messed with....
Tori needs a rest and heads over to sandcastle bay to help be a fruit picker for the season. The quirky Aunt thinks shell be the next girl to fall in love with Aidan jackson, her nephew. But noone believes the crazy lady especially Aidan (the fruit farmer) and Tori, the animator. U
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, chick-lit
The Holiday Cottage by the Sea was a gorgeous, feel-good read that I completely fell in love with. Holly Martin was written a fabulous story with characters I genuinely liked and fell in love with also. I guarantee you will be cheered up immensely reading this book, I know I definitely was!

I was captivated by the town, the animals and the fruit, I also loved the legend surrounding the heartberries. Sandcastle Bay sounds like the kind of place I'd love to visit and that's all down to Holly's bril
Jennifer Ritter
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Holiday Cottage by the Sea is the latest offering by Holly Martin. In this story, Tori Graham, London animator, has just completed eighteen months on her latest project and is taking a well earned trip to visit her dear lifelong friends Melody and Isla Rosewood. They have relocated to the small village of Sandcastle Bay on the southwest tip of the English Isle.
Isla moved to the village almost a year ago when her brother, Matthew, was killed in an accident. Isla is godmother to his young son
Joanne D'Arcy
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tori has come down to Cornwall for a few weeks to take a break from her broken heart as well as her work.

She has followed her friend Melody who now lives in Sandcastle Bay and has agreed to stay rent free in Blossom Cottage in return for some berry picking. Seems a fair exchange.

What she did not bank on is being chased by a turkey that thinks it's a dog and encountering a quirky old lady who says she will marry Aidan Jackson within a year.

Aidan Jackson is in fact the owner of the cottage and the
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't give this book any less than 5 stars because I honestly could not have loved this book more! I think it's definitely one of my favourite Holly Martin novels to date! With every book I just feel that Holly's books are getting better and better and this one certainly didn't disappoint. I loved every single page and the story was just so sizzling and so gripping.

The story follows main character Tori Graham, who has come to Sandcastle Bay for two reasons: to see her best friends, and to g
"The Holiday Cottage by the Sea" is the start of another series by Holly Martin and I was looking forward to reading it because the books by the author usually have a wonderful setting.

The setting definitely is absolutely wonderful and I loved the little town in the Sandcastle Bay. All the names already sound the homely and make the characters as well as the reader very welcome. The community is also very heart-warming and special.

Tori Graham is arriving in Sandcastle Bay to recover from a exhau
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