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Summary

The new novel from the best-selling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach.

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 beach to be eventful - until she meets handsome and mysterious Aidan Jackson....

Aidan looks after the holiday cottage Tori is staying in. Healing from past hurts, he wants to avoid any further chance of heartache. But could this newcomer be the breath of fresh air he needs?

Finding herself embracing life in the coastal community, Tori starts to fall in love with Sandcastle Bay and its welcoming cast of residents. But that’s not all she begins to fall for, as Tori is swept away by Aidan’s genuine heart and mischievous sense of humour. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will a simple holiday romance be enough?

As Tori’s stay in Sandcastle Bay comes to an end, she has a tough decision to make.... Has her heart found a new place to call home?

A joyously romantic summer listen that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love.

©2018 Holly Martin (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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narration aaaggghhh

sadly I will have to read it. the narrator's voice was the most annoying ever

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awful narration

sadly, after 3 attempts I've not been able to finish this story as I couldn't bear the narrator's voice.

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Not a great book

Never seemed to get going. Awful voice. Didn’t enjoy it and gave up quite quickly.

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Potential but could have been better

The storyline is ok, it's a slushy essay listening story, however I found phrases of it so repetitive repeating parts of the storyline on many occasions, very novice.
Also was not overly taken with the whining voice of the narrator.

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Loved this book

I loved this book, it was well written, the characters came to life and the humour was great. I laughed and cried. It is the first book I have heard by this author and am now going to look for more of her work.

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great listen

this was a lovely book had me engrossed, made me laugh, a good easy listen.

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good story and carried on with reading on kindleCouldn’t carry in with this due to narrators voice- way too fast and not relaxing which I’m looking for and didn’t like voice in general
Could audible offer a choice of narrators - I just can’t listen to some people

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Narration not for me...

I’m part way through the story & the narration is so grating its making it difficult to continue & putting me off the story!

I usually love Holly Martins books! I feel bad cititicising but honestly the way the story is read especially when trying to differentiate between characters is cringing.

Perhaps I just prefer a stronger sounding voice with substance & I’m being fussy..... sorry!

I should have tried a sample before buying, so it’s my own fault.

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Another lovely listen

An easy listening story. I feel there should be some sort of order on the books though having listened to a previous book of Holly’s.

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  • 01-09-18

Very funny

Those elbows. You always depend on Holly Martin for Laugh out loud funny moments and extolling the charms of small town life. It has serious themes of fear of loss and addresses them through conversation, like mature adults.

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  • Julie Belle
  • 11-03-19

Sooooo many things wrong with this...

beginning with the narrator - absolutely painful to listen. As the story was equally as horrible, I will not be buying another book by this author.