The Guestbook - Holly Martin
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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!
After hearing so much praise from my fellow bloggers about this book, I went in full of hope. I got a lovely surprise on finding that it is not formatted as a book, but as an actual Guestbook. I thought that was a quirky and original idea. I enjoyed the Guestbook a lot, it had everything you could imagine in it. The best for me being landlord Annie Butterworth's own story.
I had one small issue with it though, and it's stupid of me really. I mean this is fiction, and fiction is fiction end of story. But I feel in certain books there has to be an element of truth in it, and to me this was one of those reads. I found sometimes as just a Guestbook in a holiday let, it got a bit too much. People holidaying together chatting through it when realistically they wouldn't. It just sort of niggled at me is all.
I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting something different. For people wanting a romantic and colourful read.