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Book Thoughts: Spring at Blueberry Bay (Holly Martin)

Martin, Holly - Spring at Blueberry Bay


Title: Spring at Blueberry Bay
Author: Holly Martin
Genre: Fiction / Women’s / Chick Lit    Pages: 338
First published: 2017
Edition: Kindle e-book

Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner… 

The tagline tells me that this is supposed to be ‘an utterly feel good romantic comedy’. Well, it’s not that… And neither does it feel very spring-y. So that is two strikes against this book. It was not what I expected it to be, or what I wanted it to be.

This is a romance book, but there are too few comedic elements in it to put it in the romantic comedy genre for me. In fact, at times it deals with pretty heavy topics such as abandonment and resultant trust issues. and it hammers those issues into the reader to excuse all the stupid things the main characters do.

Honestly, the main characters are not the brightest crayons in their respective boxes and they both annoyed me quite a bit, especially our special snowflake girl Bella. No, just no, girl! She was just too ridiculous for words and I feel her issues were purely created to make us feel sorry for her.

The worst thing is that I don’t mind the author’s writing style at all and I feel she could write a romance book I could really enjoy, but this one missed a few too many marks. The only redeeming feature in the story was Bella’s relationship with her family.

I definitely did not hate this book (honestly), but I did not really like it either. I guess I am just a bit miffed that I had wanted a light spring read and what I got was a condom-riddled romance novel that really did not feel that romantic. Having said that, kudos to the author for reiterating the fact that condoms were used by our leading couple!

2 out of 7 stars

7 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: Spring at Blueberry Bay (Holly Martin)

  1. Ugh, I hate it when I read a book where the author technically has writing talent but it gets buried under a lame-ass plot and characters. It makes it so that even if I want to trash it, I have to admit that it’s not ‘badly written,’ just badly executed. At least you liked a few things about this book, showing characters having responsible, protected sex is a plus.

    1. I may well do so – I do like her writing – I just did not like this story 🙂 I may keep that one in mind for Christmas time reading!

  2. I have read her books not sure of this one.
    But such books for me are palette cleansers so I don’t bother about story line much. I am glad you wrote this post. Writers need to write a real romantic comedy not call every book as that.
    Great review, enjoyed every word of it

    1. Thank you! That is exactly why I tend to read these kind of books. I like a good light read every now and then to clear my head and lift my spirit, but this one did not do that for me and it promised things it did not live up to. I really wanted that romantic comedy!

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