Delighted to have author, Sarah Bennett, back on the blog today! Big thanks to NeverlandBT for inviting me to take part in the weekend blitz for ‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’, even if it is bittersweet -sniffs-. Here is my review:
All she wants for Christmas…
When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.
Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?
Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…
A delightfully feel-good festive romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.
What does TWG think?
Firstly, if you’re only just starting Sarah Bennett’s books, where on Earth have you been hiding?!
Secondly, if you’re starting Sarah Bennett’s trilogy with THIS book first – SERIOUSLY?!
Thirdly, yes, this book can be read as a standalone although I personally wouldn’t recommend it. Why? Because whilst this storyline has its own voice, a lot of the situations mentioned in this book won’t really make much sense if you haven’t read the previous two books beforehand.
Lastly, these books are fabulous and I am unbelievably devastated that we have reached the last book in the series. I apologise in advance if I start wailing. Wait, no I don’t 😉 ..
Ahhh the rather intriguing and secretive Nee is back in town, but why did she leave in the first place? Why did she get married then up and leave him whilst he was getting his beauty sleep? **
**If this man is anything like the way my mind has envisaged him due to the authors descriptive writing, he most certainly does NOT need his beauty sleep. Ever. Not in a million years. #Neeyou’reanumpty
It’s quite clear that there is way more to Nee that meets the eye, yet whether we will get to find out what secrets she is hiding – remains to be seen. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a good portion of the book trying to work out what Nee isn’t telling people. Again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be waaayyyyyyy off when it comes to revealing all.
There’s a phrase in this book that has now made its home in my heart; ‘Lost – but never alone’. If I could have that phrase printed and placed on the wall right near my desk, it would remind me every single day that when times are hard and you might have lost your way, all you need to do is turn around and you won’t be on your own. There is always someone there whether it’s in physical form, or at the end of the phone. I’m not ashamed to admit that I got a bit teary when I read that line of the book, especially as I was reading the emotional scenes which prompted that line as well. For me, that line has become a magic line, and Sarah Bennett has become my fairy godmother. As weird as this sounds, I needed to hear that line at that moment in time.
Right now, all I want to do is grab a cuppa and sit and tell you every single thing about this book and this series. I want to be able to talk about it and go, ‘what did you think of the part when such and such….?’ or ‘omg did you think that was going to happen?’. But I’m not mean. It is extremely clear that the author has put her heart and soul in this storyline and I would be devastated if I (or anyone else) spoilt it with our big mouths.
‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’ is a one of a kind novel. The characters are extremely complex yet full of warmth. The heart-breaking situations are executed realistically, ensuring the rawness of the events are captured completely. Whilst the storyline does contain an element of romance, the author has made her characters work hard for it which means that I was able to see relationships blossom over the duration of the novel instead of boy meets girl and wham, they’re pregnant. I loved how the serious and warm parts of the story were given equal airtime throughout as that meant the storyline was extremely well-balanced without feeling overwhelmed by grief, or emotional due to a long-awaited romance.
I am devastated that we have reached the final book in the series. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adore all three books; especially this one. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to one of the most touching group of characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the two little cherubs who made my eyes leak quite frequently. I have become so invested in each of these characters lives, it’s as though I have come to know them personally as though they’re real people. I know they’re not…..before anyone starts laughing at me, but because of the way Sarah Bennett has written this book (and the others), she has made her characters and their lives appear real. As weird as this sounds, we have come through a lot together. By the way, can you imagine me telling this to a person who doesn’t read? Eeeeesh!!!
‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’ filled my heart with joy, compassion and a truck load of emotion. This book also managed to leave me with a massive grin on my face when I reached the end (I think I had been smiling for a while before I realised – my cheeks hurt!).
If you’re wanting a book that can tug at the heart-strings, make you laugh out loud, and grin from ear to ear whilst reaching for another biscuit; this book is for you.
If you’re wanting a book that you can lose yourself in, feel as though you’re part of the fictional family whilst secretly wishing you genuinely were; this book is for you.
If you’re wanting a book that hugs you from the inside, leaves imprints in your mind whilst wishing you could read a book for the first time, every time; this book is for you.
I am severely jealous of every single reader who gets to read this book for the first time. I would do anything to be able to read this story for the first time, every time.
I absolutely loved this book, and I absolutely loved the series. Sarah Bennett is a wonder woman, a fairy godmother and a literary Queen, who has quickly become one of my all time favourite authors with her majestic and addictive reads. I cannot wait to get stuck into her new book series. If it’s anything like these, we are in for an absolute treat.
‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’ needs to be devoured and loved. Trust me, the characters will love you back. You just watch.
Thanks NeverlandBT & HQDigitalUK.
Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of
bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is
sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK. You can also look forward to a new series coming in 2018, set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay.
Prizes: £10 Amazon gift-card, butterfly necklace and butterfly journal