The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin – Book Review

The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin – Book Review

The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin

The Summer of Chasing Dreams

Author – Holly Martin
Publisher – Nielsen
Pages – 326
Released – 29th March 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1916011113
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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The stunning new story from the bestselling author of The Cottage on Sunshine Beach. A joyously romantic, feel-good summer read. Eva Blue is about to go on a trip of a lifetime, but one adventure she didn’t count on was falling in love…

Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She’s happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.

She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.

Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled – she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.

Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor’s kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?

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Eva had been clearing her mum’s house out after her death, her old family home, when she came across a letter addressed to her written by her mum Juliette when Eva was just a baby. Alongside the letter was a box filled with bucket list items that Juliette wanted to do but gave up trying when she fell pregnant with Eva.

Spurred on by the letter and the bucket list, plus the money she has been left in her mum’s will, Eva decides to take a trip around the world. She is safety conscious though and books through a place offering travel companions. Unfortunately, Eva’s companion has to pull out at last minute but organised a replacement for her – Danish Thor Anderson.

Eva and Thor are complete opposites and continuously rub each other up the wrong way. But with this being an important holiday for her Eva is determined to have fun and experience all that the countries have to offer and tick off some of her mum’s hopes and dreams on her bucket list.

If you like romantic comedies and travelling then you will love this book. It is filled to the brim with heart-warming moments that will make you feel all warm and cosy inside. It also has plenty of moment to make you laugh-out-loud.

The book was such a pleasure to read. The locations around the world had me craving to book my next holiday and get out more. The whole atmosphere throughout made me feel happy.

The characters of both Eva and Thor were well developed and it was nice to see two very different people coming together and using their differences to show the other their way of life and that they both excepted change.

From the first chapter to the last I was held to the pages. Ms. Martin has certainly done her research when it came to the countries abroad as you often felt like you were standing in them and experiencing the local delights.

The Summer of Chasing Dreams is a beautiful book that will have you laughing, smiling and feeling uplifted the whole way through and I didn’t want it to end.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Holly Martin

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. 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 8 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. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.

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8 Responses

  1. Tasha says:

    I have quiet a few books by Holly Martin and this sounds like one to add to my collection. Your review was a pleasure to read.

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    This looks lovely, I’ve never read this author but will be watching out for her work from now on

  3. Emma Mane says:

    Wonderful review. I enjoyed it.

  4. Allie Bock says:

    I have been reading lots of reviews for this book. I am glad you liked it.

  5. Thank you. I think you would love this one then.

  6. She is a great author with wonderful books – You are missing out not reading them.

  7. Thank you. It is a lovely book