Thursday 16 April 2020

Review: Sea Breezes at Brightwater Bay by Holly Hepburn (Brightwater Bay Part 2)

PART TWO in the brand new series from Holly Hepburn.

On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?

Review: Oh just as I thought that Marry was getting her professional life back on track, now her personal life is all in a muddle. Whilst part one of this series was all about introducing us to these intriguing characters and our wonderful setting, part 2 takes us deeper into how all these characters connect together and what makes them tick. I really liked getting to know a little more about Merry. But i also enjoyed getting a little deeper involved with Magnus and Niall. I love this community and I am so glad that we get to be a part of it with Merry as our guide. 

I think my favourite thing about this new series though, has to be the setting. I have always wanted to go to Orkney and now I can in the pages of this book. I love the way everything is described and the detail that we get even though these installments are  only short. I feel like i can picture myself on the winding roads, smell the sea and feel the long grass on my calves. Everything is just so vivid and described in such beautiful detail I literally feel like I've just come back from a trip there to write this review. 

A whole chapter of this installment of the series is dedicated to a visit to Highland Park. Now whilst this may not be my favourite whisky, a visit to a distillery is always welcomed by me. Holly Hepburn is spot on with the details of the tour and I did have to pour myself a wee dram to read with the rest of the book after the way Merry enjoyed herself there. It was great to have this particular spot opened up to us as readers, I don't think I've read anything else that visits a distillery in quite such detail and as a whisky lover I really appreciated it. 

I just can't wait to read the rest of this series. I wish I didn't read the installments so quickly so I now have a long time to wait until the next one is out, but at the same time with a setting and characters like this, I just can't help myself. 

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