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Published: 19 October 2016
Reviewed: 19 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.

Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?

Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heartwarming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.

My Thoughts & Review:

Christmas Under a Starlit Sky is the second book in the “A Town Called Christmas” series, book one being Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky.  It is possible to read this book as a standalone.  The skill of Holly Martin shines through all of her books so that they can really be read without following a series, but for fans that do follow devotedly they will be rewarded by the appearance of some much loved characters or hints to previous characters in the narrative.
The story continues on from the arrival of Oakley Rey, Neve Whitaker’s ex.  The pair split some weeks previously, Neve believing that she would only hold Oakley’s career back, and Oakley assuming that they were merely taking a break makes for an entertaining read.
Happily, Martin includes Gabe, Piper and Wren (from Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky) in this book too, it was lovely to see these characters continue to develop.  But there are also new characters to meet and love too.

Once again, the reader is rewarded with some of the most beautifully vivid descriptions, Juniper Island sounds utterly divine and so magical.  The attention to detail means that the reader really feels like they have been transported to Juniper Island.
The characters are likeable and have such rich backstories that it means the reader feels like they know them by the end of the novel, which means that you find yourself hoping for a positive outcome for each.

Reading Holly Martin’s books always feels like catching up with old friends, there’s a wonderful warmth when you start one of her books that continues right through to the end when you breath a satisfied sigh that all is well in the world.  A festive feel good with plenty of humour and romance – what more could you ask for?

You can buy a copy of Christmas Under a Starlit Sky here.


About the Author:

Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

Follow her on Twitter @hollymartin00


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