The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings: A gorgeously uplifting and heartwarming romance to escape with

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About this ebook

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? 
Twenty-four-year-old Madison is hoping to create a new life for herself on Sunflower Island. But when she arrives, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into reinventing the guesthouse into a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. 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, she unexpectedly finds herself falling for shy Connor. Sparks fly, but are they just too different to make things work?

Or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?

An utterly perfect, feel-good romance about the power of friendship, the meaning of home and the joy of falling in love in the sunshine. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Debbie Macomber.

What readers are saying about Donna Ashcroft:

Yes, yes, yes! This was the book that I have been waiting for all year! I absolutely loved it! Had me hooked from the first page… worth far more than five stars… Fab, fab, fab!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

Absolutely stunning from the very first page… This book is like a great big hug… wonderful… I absolutely loved it… I could give this more than 5/5 I totally would… Perfect.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Such a gorgeous read… I instantly fell in love… it’s like a big hug in a book and I loved every second of it… a wonderful, warm, enjoyable read that will make you feel-good. It’s got some fabulous characters in a gorgeous setting that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Fabulous read.’ Katie’s Book Cave

Perfect!... Once I started reading it was very hard to put down… pure escapism… A delicious summer feast!’ Chells and Books, 5 stars

Amazing… a joy to read… the perfect summer novel… from the start you'll be engulfed with delicious sounding food, lovely surroundings and delightful characters.’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

Oh my goodness it is fantastic. It has everything you want in a good book... perfect!... I absolutely adored the whole story it was beautiful…’ Jessica’s Book Biz, 5 stars

I absolutely adored this book… made me feel all warm and cosy!... brilliant… completely addictive… up there with my favourites for the year!... a delightful read.’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars

Wow… It pulls you in from the very first page… touching, thought-provoking… funny.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

5 reviews
Gaele Hi
March 27, 2019
Madison has been a nomad for most of her life, the child of diplomats she never actually found a place that felt like home until coming to live with her aunt and uncle on Sunflower Island after her parents’ death when she was a teen. Her parents always left her feeling as if she was a burden, and she’s never quite recovered from that -leaving the island at 18 and travelling the world, never setting down roots. Now, at 23, she’s feeling the desire for something new yet familiar, and has come back to the island that feels like home, hoping to make a life in the little B & B that her aunt and uncle own. Connor has lived his entire life on Sunflower Island, and now runs the family building firm after his father’s death. Always a ‘himself to himself’ sort of person, his father’s hermit-like behavior, combined with the fact that he wasn’t a particularly ‘nice’ person leave Connor with a mass of issues – most of which he ignores while working too hard, avoiding others and trying to control the world around him. He’s not without purpose, after discovering a half-sister he’s felt not so alone, and is hoping that when she finishes her degree, she’ll come back to work with him on the island. He’s working at The Sunshine Hideaway, Maddy’s Aunt & Uncle’s place, refitting the old café space and doing a general ‘spruce up’, as the B & B is slated to go up for sale – low occupancy due to a rival facility on the other end of the island and the need for Madison’s aunt to step back and slow down after a heart attack in the fall. Yet, both Connor and Dee have promised NOT to share the impending sale or news of her aunt’s health issues. A story that feels so very fresh and unique, but actually truly isn’t. Everyone here from Maddie to Connor, her friend Amy and Connor’s sister Georgina are all trying to find their way through it all, deciding what they want, who they want to be, and just where to do it all. Madison is relentlessly positive: she’s friendly and outgoing and people flock to her like moths to a flame. She’s got the reputation of always being on the way to somewhere else- and is fighting against that ‘reputation’ as well as determined to make ‘friends’ with Connor and help out the inn, trying to gain more business. Connor is intrigued by Madison, but he’s so caught in his own circle of ‘work and be in control’ that he’s never looked for more. It will take the entire village, and it does, to get the grand opening for the café sorted, bring in new customers and in doing so, build her own toehold in the place Madison wants to call home. And, with lots of friends, plenty of growth, and some clever moments and firsts for both Madison and Connor, the story rockets forward to the big climax, and one that will open doors for possibilities neither expected nor saw. Sweet, clever, funny and oh so full of heart – Ashcroft has hit on another winner where people find home, acceptance and purpose in a place that every reader will want to experience. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Sylvia Alty
January 21, 2020
Held my attention 😁 wanted to know what would happen.

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