Saturday, 13 June 2020

Sunrise over Sapphire Bay by Holly Martin

"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…"

Jewel Island sounded like a place I would quite like to visit and would be great for anyone looking for an escape to the coast during lockdown.

I enjoyed the relationships between the characters in this book and I loved the way that Noah wanted not only Aria to be happy but her sisters too.  Their relationship was inevitable with the clear chemistry between them but I felt for Noah and understood his predicament.  I missed Aria's father who features in the very early parts of the book as his relationship with Aria was lovely to see.  Look out for Mrs O'Hare too; she is fabulous. 

I have to admit that I found there to be something a little bit annoying or repetitive about Aria and her "not good enough" attitude where she was sure that everyone was going to leave her because of her past as well.

There is a second book in the series due to be released later this year called Autumn Skies over Ruby Falls and I would certainly consider reading this to revisit Jewel Island.  I've really started to love the series of books that certain authors do which allow you to revisit characters at a later time (albeit that it isn't their main story) so you can get a glimpse of where they ended up.

Sunrise over Sapphire Bay is out now and can be purchased here on Kindle or in Paperback (prices correct at time of writing):


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