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?
In the times that we are currently living in, having books by my side have allowed me to escape and travel to places I’m unable to have the luxury of travelling to for real and I can confidently say that Holly whisked me away to the holiday of a lifetime within Brightwater Bay. I absolutely adored the story of Merry and her journey in finding her feet and sorting out her writers block once and for all.
Scotland has never been a destination I’ve thought of visiting, however, after Holly’s astounding descriptions, I would be crazy to not one day visit and explore all of the nooks and crannies, find out all of the stories within the landmarks and just be there. Holly’s detailing of Scotland was so in-depth and vivid, to the point in which you feel that are you amongst the pages yourself.
All of the characters, from the mains, to the additional, were just every bit of gorgeous and wonderful – they were such a tight-knit community and had each other’s backs no matter what. They took to Merry immediately, as did she with them and it was obvious from the start that Merry belonged there with everybody else – including a very gorgeous and special gentleman.
The romance in Merry’s life was complicated and slow-burning, featuring a breathtaking Viking and a charming Clark Kent lookalike, however, by the time you had reached the final pages, all of the waiting and the denial had been worth the magical final moment between the true two! I would absolutely adore to see a new series within Brightwater Bay based on Merry’s best friend Jess as the new writer in residence and explore her new love interest!