Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Review of The Guestbook

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.

Author: Holly Martin
Publisher: Carina UK
Date of Publication: February 14th 2014
Pages: 352
Source: For review, via author and blog tour company
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I received a free copy of this book from Holly Martin via Gosling Girls Blog Tours in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Holly and Gosling Girls!

When I started this, I didn't think there would really be a plot- after all, a different person would be staying in the cottage every week, taking their part of the story with them, so nothing would be continually, right? But I couldn't have been any more wrong- there was, and it was amazing!

Annie Butterworth, a young widowed landlady, owns a cottage which she rents out to holiday makers for a few weeks at a time. She decides to add a guest book, to communicate with the guests, let them keep a bit of a diary and just make them feel at home.

Okay, so, first of all, this was absolutely hilarious. I read it at about half nine at night, so I couldn't laugh as hard as I wanted to, but I found myself giggling at multiple points in the book. Everything that happened with the various guests linked together and each one had their own font (handwriting) so returning guests were easy to recognise.

I loved how there was even a romance, formed not how it would in a normal book, but within this guest book! We got every aspect of it, purely from diary entries; some of it very cleverly done by it being the guests relaying the romance!

The same goes with Annie's history. I didn't think I would learn much about her or come to love her as much as I did, but by the end, I did. I also really loved Oliver; a funny, ironic writer, trying to win Annie's heart.

Normally this style of writing just doesn't work, but it did, and so, so well at that. It was a refreshing read, but had an amazing plot-line and there were more serious parts to break it up.

I really enjoyed The Guestbook. An unusual style, but with a full plotline and romance, it ticked every box for an adult chick-lit.

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