The Guestbook – Holly Martin

The GuestbookFormat: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Carina
Published: 14th February 2014
Pages: 235 Pages

The Blurb
Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider – whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself – especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying ‘wish you were here’ – one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

Rating:5/5

The Review
Thanks to Carina for approving me to read the novel through Net Gallery. You made a girl happy.

Willow Cottage is an idyllic Holiday cottage in Wells-On-Sea which is perfect for a relaxing get away at the beach. Owner Annie Butterworth is fun, outgoing and young at heart and more importantly, everyone loves her. You find out all the gossip through the visitor entries in her Guestbook which includes bare bodies, a tortoise covered in brown tape and even a birth or two.

Well, where do I begin? I absolutely loved ‘The Guestbook’. Who’d have thought visitor entries written in a book would be so entertaining? I’m quite a nosey person so being able to read about visitor lives really interested me. Each character was detailed and you never got confused with whom was who.

My favourite character had to be Annie. I know she is the female lead and it is set in her home but I just loved how she behaved. She didn’t hide her feelings about anything and treated everyone like family. I’d love to to stay at Willow Cottage.

I won’t ruin it for you but the ending was lovely and I even had a tear in my eye. Who’d have thought you could have all these emotions over a Guestbook?

You can purchase ‘The Guestbook’  on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Find out more about Holly at hollymartinwriter.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @hollymartin00.

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