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16 March 2014

Review: The Guestbook by Holly Martin

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.

5 Words: hilarious, sweet, interesting, summery, wish-you-were-here.

I think this is the funniest book I've read this year. I don't think I've ever giggled and snorted and rolled about so much with a book. I only wish it hadn't taken so long to get my hands on it!

This was a relatively quick read. If I hadn't taken some time out to buy a puppy (OH YES!) I'd have finished it within hours. I couldn't stop turning the pages and reading bits out to my OH (who didn't appreciate it much, it's his pet hate).

I found the format a bit weird, and some parts didn't seem to make sense for the format in which it was written, but that was all completely neutralised by the fact that this is SO FREAKING FUNNY.

I want to go to Willow Cottage. I want to stay in that beautiful little cottage by the sea and walk along the beach and sit on the village green and in that gorgeous garden. And I want to share a glass of wine with Annie and Olly because they seem like amazing people. Especially Annie!

I will definitely read more of Holly Martin's writing in future.

Make this your beach read this summer. You'll not regret it. Although you might look a bit silly when you laugh so hard it hurts.


  1. Ah! I love the cover of this book, it looks super nice! I haven't heard from the author nor the book, so I might want to look into this. Thanks for the awesome review :)

  2. This is already in my TBR list, yet I'm glad to hear more about it and that it's funny. Thanks!

  3. I will definitely add this to my lake reads TBR!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings


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