The Secret Cove in Croatia
by Julie Caplin
About the Book:
Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a holiday romance that’s forever…
When no-nonsense, down-to-earth Maddie Wilcox is offered the chance to work on a luxury yacht for the summer, she can’t say no. Yes she’ll be waiting on the posh guests… But island-hopping around the Adriatic sea will more than make up for it – especially when Nick, her best friend Nina’s brother, is one of them.
Sparks fly when they meet on board and Maddie can’t believe self-entitled jerk Nick is really related to Nina.
But in a secret, picture-perfect cove, away from the real world, Maddie and Nick discover they might have more in common than they realise…
A Top 10 Read of 2019
An All-Time Favorite Read
Oh my gosh!!! I just absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters! It is described as the best feel-good romance for the summer, and that is most definitely a true statement! It is one of my top reads of 2019 and one of my all-time favorite reads.
Maddie is an aspiring artist, but she has to find a job in the meantime to support herself. She gets an incredible opportunity to work on a luxury yacht. However, she isn’t expecting the arrogant guests on board, especially her best friend, Nina’s brother, Nick. Nick is dating one of the guests, a model with a nasty attitude. Despite her first contentious meeting with Nick, she finds that the two of them have a lot in common and a friendship grows and maybe possibly much, much more!
The story is told from both Nick and Maddie’s POV. As I have written countless times before, these are my favorite as it gives me a look into the characters’ inner thoughts. Maddie is such a sweetheart, and she doesn’t realize her own self-worth even though she is sassy! She challenges Nick at every turn, and she doesn’t let the other snobby guests trample all over her either. Her talent is amazing. The author doesn’t just let that be an afterthought. She describes her art in such detail, and like, Nick and others, I could see it clearly in my head, and it told a story in and of itself. I just loved watching Maddie come to believe in herself which Nick and other characters, such as Bill, Glo, Siri, and Ivan, helping her along the way.
I, like Maddie, wasn’t such a huge fan of Nick in the beginning. Some might say he waffled a bit when it came to his girlfriend, Tara. He most definitely was blinded by her physical beauty. To be fair, Tara was a master manipulator. However, when he realized the beauty he had in Maddie, he was all-in. How could I not love the fact that he was such a huge support to Maddie?
In a sense, this was a book about Maddie and Nick really discovering who they were. Maddie needed to stoke that passion for art burning inside of her and learn how to let others in. Nick needed to realize who he was…a jet-setter boy toy for Tara, or a man comfortable in his own skin back home with his family. So, I loved their journey of self-discovery!!!!
Now, to the good part, the romance! It was a slow burn of a romance, but I loved it! Maddie and Nick had something quite special and that was due to the friendship they created over the few weeks of their trip. I had butterflies anytime the two of them were together. Their chemistry was amazing! It was a sweet romance with a touch of spice added!
I cannot leave this review without telling you how incredible Julie Caplin’s writing is! Her attention to detail was phenomenal. In all of my reading, I have never come across a writer who literally transported me in my mind to all the lovely settings on this holiday jaunt. She engaged every single sense…sight, taste, hearing, smell, and feelings! This is a book that is to be savored!!!! I think you will agree after reading it!!! As a side note, I have downloaded her other books, and I can’t wait to read more from her!!!!
Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.
She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.
Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her twelfth novel, The Secret Cove in Croatia published in ebook format this July.
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