I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sunrise over Sapphire Bay by Holly Martin
Series: Jewel Island #1
Published by Seaside & Sparkles on April 24th 2020
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction, Romance
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Fall in love with the beautiful Jewel Island this summer, where the sapphire sea sparkles, the golden sun warms your skin and the islanders melt your heart. From the bestselling author of The Little Village of Happiness comes Holly Martin’s most romantic novel yet.
Aria Philips has lived on Jewel Island all of her life. Even when her sisters Clover and Skye left its stunning shores for bigger and better things, Aria stayed to help her father run their family hotel.
A year after her father’s death Aria’s done everything she can to keep things afloat but the hotel has long been struggling to make a profit. With so few guests Aria risks losing the only home she’s ever had.
Noah Campbell earned his fortune from making hotels a success, and he also just happens to be staying on Jewel Island this summer. Could he be the answer to Aria’s problems? If only he hadn’t kissed her under the willow tree the year before and never called her again. It had been the most incredible kiss of her life, but clearly business and pleasure should never be mixed.
As gorgeous and charming as Noah may be, Aria vows to keep things professional while she seeks his help. But for the past year Noah has been keeping a secret and his return to Jewel Island is about to change Aria’s life forever…
Sunrise over Sapphire Bay is a classic Holly Martin book – fun, flirty and charming. It is the kind of book that reels you in and lands you in the middle of the page.
This was exactly the type of book I needed at the moment. Something warm and comforting that would give me that warm fuzzy feeling. Luckily Sunrise over Sapphire Bay delivered this in spades.
We follow the relationship of Aria and Noah throughout. The ups and downs, the arguments. From the very first moment that we see them together it is clear that there is attractions. And chemistry. And it is very clear that they should be together. But something happens that means that it cannot be.
And it is throughout the book that we find out what that barrier is. Whether you agree that that the reason for them not to be together is justified is up to you. But it is a valid reason and one that is understandable considering the relationship is so new.
But despite this initial barrier and promises not to get together to Aria’s sisters. It is clear that one way or another Noah and Aria are meant to be. These promises lead to some very funny and very cringey moments. Moments where you couldn’t help but laugh and also be terribly grateful that it was not you.
As well as Aria and Noah, we also have a whole host of secondary characters. There is Skye and Clover, Aria’s twin sisters. Jesse, Skye’s ex-husband. And Angel – Noah’s assistant. These four are obviously going to be the focus of Holly’s next book and I cannot wait to delve further into their stories.
But all four play a significant part in the story as they help to set up the hotel. And Skye makes some incredible deserts which made my mouth water. Basically it made me so hungry.
There were also cameos from characters of Holly’s previous novels and it was lovely to see them again.
There is so much to this book that it is super hard to describe and means that my review does not really do it justice. Just know that this is a superbly entertaining read that will make you laugh every time you turn the page!