Book Review – Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin

Christmas Under a Starlit Sky

The Blurb

Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.

Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake Hotel.  She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland.  So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything.  With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back.  She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance.  Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?

Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heart-warming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.

My Review

Christmas Under a Starlit Sky is the second book in Holly Martin’s Town Called Christmas series. Like the first book, Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky, it has all the festive charm that Holly is so good at evoking. It would work perfectly as a stand alone novel, however, I would definitely urge you to the read the first book as it is gorgeous.

The story picks up where the last finished with Neve’s ex-partner, Oakley, landing in Juniper Island in his helicopter and this book concentrates on the couple and whether or not they can salvage their relationship. We also get to know the assistant manager of the Stardust Lake Hotel, Adam, and follow him as he settles into life on Juniper Island.

Holly has again created rich, likeable characters (I adored Adam!) and it was lovely to see old favourites from the pervious book too. I found myself rooting for the characters and desperately hoped that everything would work out well for Neve, Oakley and Adam. You really get to know them individually as Holly ensures that she includes their histories which gave me, as the reader, an understanding and empathy for them. This works effectively in totally immersing you into their lives while reading the book.

Christmas Under a Starlit Sky had me fully absorbed from the first page. It is a great read with plenty of dramatic moments along the way as we wait to find out if love can run smoothly. The setting of the utterly gorgeous Juniper Island at the height of Christmas adds to the enjoyment of this book.

Holly Martin is the queen of festive writing in my humble opinion and I loved being back on the remote Scottish island with the Whitaker family and all the other residents. It’s festive, romantic writing at it’s best and Christmas Under a Starlit Sky is the perfect escape from the madness that can be Christmas.

Thank you to Holly Martin, Bookouture and Netgalley for the advance copy.

Published 19 October 2016 by Bookouture.

Purchase a copy of Christmas Under a Starlit Sky HERE.

You can read my review of Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky HERE.

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