Happy Publication Day to Maxine Morrey! I am very pleased to be able to help kick off her blog tour for Coming Home to Wishingon Bay today!
Home is where the heart is…
Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.
But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.
With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…
As I am sure you are well aware, I am a big fan of Maxine Morrey’s. She has recently released some grittier novels, but with Coming Home to Wishington Bay she returns to her writing roots with this fab rom-com!
Holly is a workaholic, with little time for anything other than the office. When her panic attacks finally get the better of her, her boss forces her to take a sabbatical and so she finds herself returning to Wishington Bay and her beloved Grandmother Gigi’s old house. Holly throws herself into her new project; a summer getting her inherited house ready for sale.
Gabe is Holly’s new neighbour; the Australian hunk of a man who had moved into the cottage next door whilst Gigi was still alive. Whilst their first meeting was less than ideal, Holly and Gabe find themselves spending time together as they bond over both Gigi and Gabe’s pet dog, Bryan.
This is a story about two people who are pushed together, and are ultimately forced to consider what they really want from life. Two workaholics who find themselves re-evaluating their lives, looking for something simpler that makes them happy. This is a story about soul-searching, regret, love and happiness – it’s about going back to your roots to work out exactly what you want from life to make you happy.
I am more than happy to recommend this novel – Maxine Morrey has yet again succeeded in creating a fabulous story that reels you in, with characters that are both loveable and relateable. I’m already looking forward to reading her next novel!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖
Thank you to Maxine Morrey and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.
As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.
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