The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings – Donna Ashcroft / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Donnashc


The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs? 

When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?

Handsome and mysterious Connor has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, with his faithful dog Jaws by his side, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things. As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels…

As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are the they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?



My review

The cover already reflects the cozy feeling of the whole story. The soft colours, the stunning view and cakes and tea are ingredients that are a perfect base for a romantic tale. And honestly when I heard the name of the island (Sunflower) who does not want to pack their bags and spend some time there or maybe even a whole lifetime. I love the sea and I would not mind living on an island although maybe a bit a more tropical one 😉

It’s true when you have heard your whole life the same things you start to believe that it has to be that way and that you are not allowed to change anything. Then someone comes along to show you there is more to life and you should grab the chances with both hands.

You might think you do not belong anywhere, but the truth could not be more different.

No matter how many people try to convince you, you have to see it for yourself and only then you can start to open yourself up completely to the future.

It’s a story that made me laugh and melted my heart. The perfect read for a gloomy spring day to warm you up and you can bask in the ambience on this lovely island. 5 stars.

Thank you, Donna Ashcroft, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author 

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

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