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Review: Summer At Rose Island by Holly Martin

on May 27, 2016

Summer At Rose IslandSummer At Rose Island (White Cliff Bay #3)
Holly Martin
2016, 311p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

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.

Where I live, we are about to plunge headfirst into winter and the last couple of days have given us a taste of it already. We had two days averaging around 13C with non-stop rain. So despite the fact that summer is a long way off, I don’t mind the slew of northern hemisphere summer flavoured novels that pour out of publishers around this time. It’s a nice way to escape the bleak weather and dream of the warmer months.

I really liked the setting in this book – White Cliff Bay sounds like a really lovely place. Darcy has moved there in order to take up a new job. She doesn’t exactly know what the job is but Darcy has lurched from one career disaster to the next and she’s determined to make this one work. Failure is not an option, because then she’ll once again have to move back in with her permanently disappointed-in-her parents. They see Darcy as a giant joke, an embarrassment and they’re not exactly shy about letting her know about it. Darcy used to visit her aunt in White Cliff Bay during the summer as a child and has fond memories of it. She loves swimming and adores the sea – she’s actually a qualified marine biologist although her new role will not be in that field.

Darcy meets Riley, an American whose family built and own the lighthouse in White Cliff Bay. Things do not get off to a good start – Darcy finds Riley rude and he isn’t happy that she keeps swimming out to his lighthouse, even going so far as to have the police warn her off for trespassing. Darcy attempts to give him a piece of her mind a few times but generally ends up embarrassing herself in front of him in some way or other because apparently, that’s just how she is. Despite the fact that his first few appearances make him seem quite rude, Riley turns out to be a total gentleman and Darcy is incensed when she finds out the local council have slapped some sort of compulsory sale order on the lighthouse and it’s been bought by a company who plan to develop a very large resort type thing. Darcy immediately begins fighting to save it, helping Riley which means they spend quite a bit of time together and discover that their feelings have definitely evolved past initial hostilities.

While I loved the setting, I didn’t love either Darcy or Riley. The clumsy heroine trying to find herself has been done soooo much lately and I found myself cringing during a lot of Darcy’s moments, wondering how she manages to get out of bed each morning if she really is that big of a disaster. Surely it’s not possible to have been fired from 17 jobs before you’re 35? Anyway. I think she had a good heart and her marine biology stuff was interesting but I found the rest of Darcy hard work to slog through. And when she found out what her job was? I know that she didn’t want another failure but it was naive at best to assume that the local people and Riley were going to be okay with her new role. That was pretty ridiculous to be honest. And Darcy and Riley never really felt overly believable to me, things changed for them so quickly and the chemistry wasn’t given long enough to simmer and develop. It felt really rushed and like there were also at the same time, so many setbacks. It felt like they were forever having a misunderstanding and then making up, back and forth, back and forth.

All in all, this one was just okay for me. I didn’t feel the need to DNF it really but at the same time, I didn’t love it either.


Book #119 of 2016

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