Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

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What it’s all about:

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he? 
 
When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. 
 
As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

Review

Book provided by Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Release date: 10 July 2015

Okay, let’s just take a moment first of all and look at that cover. Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL? When I saw it on Twitter my heart actually stopped, I stared at it for a few moments with my mouth open (glamorous, I know) before thrusting it under my husband’s nose haha he smiled and nodded, bless him, but I think secretly he was wondering what the hell he had married!

We start the book with Milly, a wonderfully optimistic, bouncing ball of energy in sparkly Converse with blonde and pink dip dyed hair and a love of all things Disney – not someone you’d expect to have a Doctorate in Archaeology and Historic Architecture. She has been sent by Castle Heritage to investigate Clover Castle in the unique little village of Clover’s Rest where the villagers insist on shouting Oogie Oogie at people they want rid of – as you do.

Both characters go on a journey in Fairytale Beginnings, both personally and professionally with the castle. Milly encounters one of the ghosts, Cameron reacquaints himself with his heart, they discover secret passages, and excitingly, she finds that it could be as old a building as Cameron hoped. But of course, no fairytale can be without its bad guys and quirky supporting cast. The villagers really are hilarious, Cameron’s PA is an uber bitch and Gregory is the perfect pet.

I really have to give a proper mention to Lavender, Constance and Gladys who made me grin like a Cheshire cat every time they appeared in the book. They’re mischievous, cheeky, and a little bit fabulous haha especially when they manage to convince Milly and Cameron to take part in the Summer Solstice celebrations. I laughed and snorted in a very unattractive way when I read that bit, Holly really has a skill for combining romance and humour and those celebrations really made me laugh.

When I finished Fairytale Beginnings, I felt a little lost. This story sucked me right in from the very first page, placed me in the middle of a beautiful, new fairytale, one that pulled at my heartstrings as much as any Disney film and one that I will be shouting from the rooftops for people to go buy. I can’t seem to find the right words to describe how magical a book this is, everyone really needs to read and experience it for themselves. What I will say, is that if you’re looking for a book that you can get completely lost in this summer, that will keep you entertained with its array of characters, make you want to don a big dress and find your own castle and is choc-full of romance then look no further. And once you’ve read one book of Holly’s you’ll definitely want more – trust me.

5 STARS

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About Holly
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Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.
Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

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