Friday, 14 February 2014
The Guestbook by Holly Martin
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.
Holly Martin has written a wonderfully unique and beautiful book that tells the story of a guest house through it's Guestbook.
Willow Cottage is owned by Annie Butterworth and through the wonderful Guestbook you get to follow not just her guests, but the wonderful lady herself!
Never before have I read a book that has such a magnificent mix of characters and stories.
From the annoying and downright rude Mrs Ashcroft, to the lovely Meechams family. You will find characters to make you laugh, cry and get your blood boiling.
Worried you will get confused by who is who, don't be!
For Holly Martin has been genius in using different fonts to help the reader differentiate between the characters.
It's not just the fonts, the characters or even the Guestbook that make this story the magical read that it is, it's the way the author flits so effortlessly from story to story.
She deals with problems that people face everyday in a touching way and then can take your mind away to a lighter place with a more upbeat storyline.
Annie is a wonderful loving character, who is caught up in a love triangle of sorts, through her comments I found myself longing for her to get her happiness.
Her essence is felt throughout the pages and I found myself getting angry on her behalf, laughing when she tried the coke and apple cake and wishing so much, that she would see what others saw!
With romance and love throughout, The Guestbook leaves it mark on your heart!
My comment 'Buy it now'
A big thank you to Holly for sending me a copy to review!