Monday, 27 July 2015

Books Read: Holly Martin - Fairytale Beginnings

Love is an open door…except when it keeps slamming in your face

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he? 

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover's Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away - a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. 

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after? 

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Milly Rose is not your typical historian so it's not surprising that the owner of Clover Castle, Cameron Heartstone, makes an instant judgement about her when they first meet.  Both are determined to ignore the instant attraction between them, Cameron is convinced that Milly is another gold-digger, whereas Milly doesn't want to get heartbroken again so is determined to be professional and do her job to date the castle to try get the funding that Cameron desperately needs to keep Clover Castle running.

Although at the heart of this story is the romance element between them as they both try to fight their feelings for one another, what I actually enjoyed the most was the story about the castle's history.  I loved reading how they discovered the various secret doorways and tunnels and explored where they went to, hearing about the family curse that has affected the male lineage of the family and mystery of the lost Heartstone treasure.  I even enjoyed the ghostly sightings, even though I'm not really a believer of ghosts myself, it all added to the intrigue of Clover Castle.

As for the villagers that Milly encounters, let's just say that some of them were a sandwich short of a picnic but they certainly raised a chuckle or two especially at the Summer Solstice celebrations.

However as much as I love Holly's storytelling there was just one minor niggle for me that I found a bit too cheesy and that was the overload of Disney mentions. I'm sure that others will love this and I can see why it was included for the fairytale element but for me it was a little bit too much.

If you're looking for a book to take you away from it all then I don't think you'd go far wrong than picking up a copy of Fairytale Beginings as Holly has such a way of writing that really reels you in and before you know it you're more than half way through when you'd only intended to read a few chapters!

I'd like to thank Holly and her publishers Bookouture for this review copy of Fairytale Beginnings which I received via NetGalley.

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