Coming Home to Maple Cottage

Coming Home to Maple Cottage

This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance… Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandc...

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Title:Coming Home to Maple Cottage
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Coming Home to Maple Cottage Reviews

  • Stacey

    I cannot tell you enough how excited I was to read this book. I absolutely adore Autumn and whilst we have a lot of Christmas/Winter novels, we don't have a lot of novels set in Autumn out there. So when Holly Martin (one of my fave novelists) announced her next one was set in the season, I was delighted and could not wait. The mention of the fireworks, baking cakes etc got me excited and this book certainly sets your mood!

    When I started getting into the book, it was like I had never left Sandca

    I cannot tell you enough how excited I was to read this book. I absolutely adore Autumn and whilst we have a lot of Christmas/Winter novels, we don't have a lot of novels set in Autumn out there. So when Holly Martin (one of my fave novelists) announced her next one was set in the season, I was delighted and could not wait. The mention of the fireworks, baking cakes etc got me excited and this book certainly sets your mood!

    When I started getting into the book, it was like I had never left Sandcastle Bay. I simply adore all of the characters, and I was so eager to find out more about Isla and Leo's relationship. I also loved that Elliot was a part of this story, everything is better with children! I was loving reading about the acorn hunts, the halloween decorating - everything! When I got to about 50% I wished there was more of it! I really enjoyed the fact that we heard about some of the other characters in the series as well - seeing how their relationships were getting on was lovely.

    Having said this, you could easily read this story as a standalone. You don't need to have read the others to understand what's going on because it's about completely different people essentially. One thing that made me smile in this book was the names of the cottages. Hot Chocolate Cottage was my favourite but then there was also Maple Cottage and Marshmallow Cottage (Elliot's treehouse), they all sounded lovely and homely!

    Overall, another fabulous novel by Holly Martin. My favourite of hers is still Christmas at Mistletoe Cove, but this is a strong contender!

  • Nicola Clough

    I've always loved Holly's book but this one has to be the best by fair it was simply brilliant and just couldn't put it down at all as so good. Every page brought a new twist and turn and you wanted to keep reading to see what happened. It's full of heartbreak and romance and laughter and doing what is right for you and your family. Amazingly well written and cannot praise Holly enough and would love to have a follow on to this story. The characters are amazing and the story plot is just the sam

    I've always loved Holly's book but this one has to be the best by fair it was simply brilliant and just couldn't put it down at all as so good. Every page brought a new twist and turn and you wanted to keep reading to see what happened. It's full of heartbreak and romance and laughter and doing what is right for you and your family. Amazingly well written and cannot praise Holly enough and would love to have a follow on to this story. The characters are amazing and the story plot is just the same.

    Isla sadly had to move from London to her brothers house as he sadly passed away leaving a young son. She's not ready to be a mum but has to be for Elliot as his real mum walked out when he was a baby. She has amazing support from Leo who was her brothers friend but she can't forget that she slept with him years ago and he's always asking her to marry him but she keeps turning him down as she doesn't think he's ready. She's in the process of adopting Elliot and they can't track down the mother but she's getting more friendly with Leo as the days go by then just as they are about to declare their live a knock at the door changes everything. Sadie the mother of Elliot turns up saying she wants half the house but she's worried that she will also want Elliot. Isla really doesn't know which way to turn as it calls a stop for know for the adoption and she really doesn't want to loose Elliot. Can Leo and Isla pull together to get through this and be a family or will everything change. Poor Elliot has an accident but if changes his thoughts and he's worried about what others think of him as he was a jack the lad as a child but turned around especially with meeting Isla but can he declare his love and they be a family and be happy or not.

    Simply brilliant book worth far more than five stars and can't recommend it enough.

  • Rachel Gilbey

    This is the book that I have been waiting for, we finally get to see if Isla and Leo will get together, and if she will ever say yes to one of his repeated proposals. We also get to discover whether Isla will finally be able to adopt Elliot officially, who is a wonderful 5 year old boy.

    Having read the previous too books in this series I had been eagerly awaiting the answers to all of that and to see what the outcomes would be, and felt right at home, with everything coming back to me really fas

    This is the book that I have been waiting for, we finally get to see if Isla and Leo will get together, and if she will ever say yes to one of his repeated proposals. We also get to discover whether Isla will finally be able to adopt Elliot officially, who is a wonderful 5 year old boy.

    Having read the previous too books in this series I had been eagerly awaiting the answers to all of that and to see what the outcomes would be, and felt right at home, with everything coming back to me really fast as I started to read. If you haven't read the other books set in Sandcastle Bay, then you are missing out, but equally this book will work as a standalone.

    Possibly because I knew the characters so well going into this, I found myself welling up with tears towards the end, as I was so happy with the outcome, which only ever happens when I read well written books where I care about the characters.

    I was enchanted by this book from the moment I started reading it, and read it in two sittings. I'm massive fan of this author, and she didn't let me down, weaving all of her humour and great romance into one fabulous story that makes for a fitting end to this series.

    It was refreshing to see a book set around Autumnal activities, including acorn jewellery, pumpkin carving and fireworks.

    Isla, Leo and Elliot may not be a traditional family unit but the amount of love that flows between the three of them, makes them far more solid than most, and the second anything happened that would threaten their threesome, it was interesting to see just how Leo reacted. It is clear that despite his bad boy past, that he really has changed and cares for Isla and Elliot a great deal.

    A beautifully told story that I really wish didn't end, I'm already hoping that Holly Martin is hard at work on the next book, as I don't want to wait too long. If you are looking for a wonderfully romantic story, with fabulous chemistry, clear bonds of friendship and love and a fabulous cast of recurring characters, then this is the book / series for you!

    Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  • Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

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    Oh Elliot, what a boy! My poor ovaries! That boy is my favourite character for sure – his personality is like sunshine on a rainy day. I just want to cuddle him!! If you’ve read any of the books in the series, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss the second book, but I did. However, despite only having read the first book and then the third, I was able to slot back

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    Oh Elliot, what a boy! My poor ovaries! That boy is my favourite character for sure – his personality is like sunshine on a rainy day. I just want to cuddle him!! If you’ve read any of the books in the series, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about! I have absolutely no idea how I managed to miss the second book, but I did. However, despite only having read the first book and then the third, I was able to slot back into Sandcastle Bay as though I had been there all along. In simple terms – you CAN read the books as a standalone with no problem at all. Although if you’re the type of reader who likes getting the background information on most of the characters, you might find it easier if you did read the books in order!

    ‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ focuses on Isla’s life with her little nephew, Elliot; a little boy who lost his dad at such a young age, and his mother even younger. But, with Isla having his back and loving him like he was her own child, little Elliot’s future is looking rosy. Well, as long as people stop sticking their noses into Isla and Leo’s business that is!

    Be still my beating heart!!!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous book this is! Holly Martin never fails to capture my heart with her storylines and her well-rounded, colourful and beautifully written characters. Of course not all of the characters are lovely, as just like any place, there is always at least one person who is determined to stuff things up for other people. Why couldn’t people just leave Isla and Leo alone? What exactly would they benefit from watching the little family crumble before their eyes? It wasn’t fair and actually made me quite emotional as I just wanted Elliot to be settled and happy. Surely for a little boy of his age, that isn’t too much to ask?

    The humour in this book was on point, as always, and I found myself holding my belly and crossing my legs whilst I laughed. I found that the giggles were just so natural and unforced, I couldn’t help but laugh with the characters. Hell, my face certainly got some exercise as my cheeks were aching from grinning so much! Not that I’m complaining obviously!

    For me, ‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ is everything a romantic comedy/’chick lit’ should be and more, and that is down to Holly Martin engaging with her readers and making them believe that love is in the air. Like I have said many times, I’m not really a romantic person, yet I could feel the love between two of the characters and I believed it as though it was coming from my own heart and not theirs. I could feel the tenderness between the two characters, I don’t think that anyone would be able to miss it!

    I adored every single word, every single joke, every single flutter of the heart, and every single line that Elliott came out with. I just loved this book from start to finish and I have everything crossed that the author doesn’t end the series with this book as I need to find out more. What happens to Isla and Leo afterwards?

    ‘Coming Home to Maple Cottage’ made my heart flutter, my belly laugh, my mind dream, and my cheeks ache – all the signs of an absolutely perfect, beautifully written, tender, and utterly divine read. I could read it over and over again and not get bored – more please!!

  • Steph Lawrence

    An utterly gorgeous book.

    This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!

    A picture-perfect setting, the small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.

    The story isn’t just about Isla and Leo, but also her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Some of the things Elliot came out with made me laugh, especially in front of Aunt Agatha or one of her friends. I was definitely cringeing al

    An utterly gorgeous book.

    This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!

    A picture-perfect setting, the small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.

    The story isn’t just about Isla and Leo, but also her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Some of the things Elliot came out with made me laugh, especially in front of Aunt Agatha or one of her friends. I was definitely cringeing along with Isla. Most of the cast were in ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ and ‘The Cottage at Sunshine Beach’, which I also adored. This can easily be read as a standalone though.

    I thoroughly recommend this book, a perfect light-hearted getaway.

    Funny, touching, steamy. It ticks all the boxes for me.

    Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book.

    Escape to Sandcastle Bay in your imagination, like I did. It was nice to catch up with the area and with the people I feel like I know!

    Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

  • Melisa

    Oh my heart is so full after finishing this third installment of the Sandcastle Bay series. I am absolutely satisfied and pleased with where Isla, Leo and Elliott end up - this family made my heart melt! Best book in the series!

    First of all, cover love! I adore all of Holly Martin’s cover art and this is no exception. There is something about a happy cover that makes me want to jump right in. This third book (which could also be read as a stand-alone) is the perfect icing on the cake.

    Four years

    Oh my heart is so full after finishing this third installment of the Sandcastle Bay series. I am absolutely satisfied and pleased with where Isla, Leo and Elliott end up - this family made my heart melt! Best book in the series!

    First of all, cover love! I adore all of Holly Martin’s cover art and this is no exception. There is something about a happy cover that makes me want to jump right in. This third book (which could also be read as a stand-alone) is the perfect icing on the cake.

    Four years ago, when Isla’s brother Matthew was tragically killed in a car accident, she moved her life to Sandcastle Bay to take care of his son, Elliott. And Elliott’s godfather, Leo steps in as a father figure. This is the story of the evolution of the family’s relationship.

    This was such a beautiful development of their relationship - Isla and Leo went through a lot of ups and downs in this story, I was fully immersed in everything that happened. I grew so fond of all the characters (and especially the eccentric and hilarious Aunt Agatha) and I will be sad to say goodbye to them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: can I please live in the idyllic Sandcastle Bay?!

    This is technically a romance novel but it’s also so much more! Hope, perseverance in the face of adversity, family bonds, humor, laughter and love.

    Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation to be on the blog tour. This book is now available!

  • Shalini

    There is a saying "Save the best for last" and Holly Martin has done just that. A fabulous book from start to finish. A book which captured me with its words. A book where my heart overfilled with love and hope. A book which I simply adored.

    I always have liked Holly Martin's books, but I always thought they were too sweet. They needed layers and the author has given me just that in spades. She has made the characters and scenes so interesting that I stayed up till 2am just to finish reading the

    There is a saying "Save the best for last" and Holly Martin has done just that. A fabulous book from start to finish. A book which captured me with its words. A book where my heart overfilled with love and hope. A book which I simply adored.

    I always have liked Holly Martin's books, but I always thought they were too sweet. They needed layers and the author has given me just that in spades. She has made the characters and scenes so interesting that I stayed up till 2am just to finish reading the book. And I still want more!!

    Love is always memorable when it is bumpy. And these bumps just go ahead to make love that much stronger, that much exciting. And Isla and Leo's love story have the right amount of spice to make it flavorful.

    The book had the usual gang of brothers and their mates, aunt Agatha and her boyfriend, all the characters including Dobby the turkey. And it also had some twists.

    A book which made me laugh at places and smile at others, which made me go oooh and aah imagining the love, why would I find any niggles in it. The book is nothing but a huge heart of love. This is the first, after a long time, that I loved the book and the book loved me back totally!!

  • Finitha Jose

    I have ambiguous feelings on this one. The writing style of Holly Martin immediately attracted me. Her language literally flows out of the page but the simple and predictable plot line was disheartening. A talented writer like her could have taken something a bit more daring.

    'Coming Home to Maple Cottage' is the third novel in the Sandcastle Bay series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the other two in the series but was not at all troubled with the lack of background stories conc

    I have ambiguous feelings on this one. The writing style of Holly Martin immediately attracted me. Her language literally flows out of the page but the simple and predictable plot line was disheartening. A talented writer like her could have taken something a bit more daring.

    'Coming Home to Maple Cottage' is the third novel in the Sandcastle Bay series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the other two in the series but was not at all troubled with the lack of background stories concerning other characters. Isla and Leo are quite a pair but more than their romantic activities what we love most is little Elliot. His presence created some of the hilarious scenes but it also brought with it the hardships concerning parenthood. I couldn't but admire the sacrifices Isla has made for her orphaned nephew and I do hope Elliot will one day be able to recognise it.

    What disturbed me most was Leo Jackson. His ever present guilt feeling was a bit annoying. I do understand the situation about his father but guilt about Mathew's death? That was really going overboard. But I am not one to pass judgment since no one is perfect. They can be perfect only in novels and movies and the fantasy they provide attract multitudes like me to the world of reading. So in this perfect world, characters like Leo make a bittersweet story.

    To conclude, this is not a typical winter read that will make your toes curl with happiness. It will tug at your heartstrings making you weep and laugh. And lastly, you will be a part of the life of Sandcastle Bay where friends are many and privacy is your private dream.

  • Berit☀️✨

    This is a beautiful and touching love story that will leave you with a big smile on your face!

    I was so excited to once again return to Sandcastle Bay... this is the third book in this wonderful series and I’d have to say my favorite so far (I am just hoping there’s more!).... this book could absolutely be read as a standalone, however I’d strongly encourage you to read the entire series.... I think part of what made this book so special is that we have grown to love Leo, Isla, and Elliott in the

    This is a beautiful and touching love story that will leave you with a big smile on your face!

    I was so excited to once again return to Sandcastle Bay... this is the third book in this wonderful series and I’d have to say my favorite so far (I am just hoping there’s more!).... this book could absolutely be read as a standalone, however I’d strongly encourage you to read the entire series.... I think part of what made this book so special is that we have grown to love Leo, Isla, and Elliott in the past two books... there really is nothing better than coming home to characters that you know and adore!

    I really love absolutely everything about this series... The setting is enchanting... i’d absolutely love to visit Sandcastle bay.... from the people, to the quaint shops, to the delightful cottages that have the most adorable of names! I mean who would not want to live in a home called Hot Chocolate Cottage or Maple Cottage? Not to mention all the village events,in this book we had an acorn hunt, acorn jewelry making, and a epic pumpkin carving contest.... The best part of all is the bonds that the people have with one another... I love the friendship between Tori, Melodie, and Isla... also love the bond between the brothers Jamie, Aidan, and Leo.... top that off with all the romance, add in crazy Aunt Agatha, and all the adorable children; with Elliot being my absolute fave! I mean seriously what’s not to love? I am SO packing my bags!

    This time we get Isla and Leo story, and I’m sure just like everybody else I have been dying for this one! Leo has been proposing to Isla almost daily for the past two books... as godparents to the adorable Elliot the two of them had to step up after the death of Isla‘s brother and Leo’s best friend Mathew.... but is Leo proposing out of obligation or does he actually have feelings for Isla? Love isn’t always easy, in fact most of the time it’s quite complicated... and really these two made it even more complicated, especially Leo! So will they get their HEA? And will Elliot finally have a forever family? Well you will need to read this book to find out!

    I really hope this is not the last book in the series, can I suggest a little Novello with aunt Agatha and her new boyfriend? Or grown-up Elliot falling in love??? Please don’t make me leave Sandcastle bay!

    Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys romance, fabulous characters, autumn activities, and love!

    *** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy ***

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