Today’s team review is from Luccia, she blogs at http://lucciagray.wordpress.com
Luccia chose to read and review Holding Back by Helen Pollard
Review of Holding Back by Helen Pollard by Luccia Gray
Pleasant Holiday Romance
If you fancy a pleasant journey and holiday romance in sunny Portugal in summer, this is a novel for you.
Laura is a dedicated teacher who helps her best friend from college at her husband’s family’s delightful hotel, in exchange for a room and the run of the place for a few weeks of her summer holidays. Although she’s contented with her life, she has some unsolved personal issues which are obstructing her chances of happiness.
Daniel is an assertive and hard-working hospitality company manager who is tiring of travelling and avoiding his ex-girlfriend.
Daniel and Laura meet at the airport, and later at the hotel where he’s a guest.
They’re both afraid of emotional commitment, yet missing a more meaningful relationship, and although they meet at the right place and the right time, for a romantic interlude, they’re both reluctant to take their unexpected attraction any further than friendship. However the intervention of their family back home, months after the holiday will give them a second chance.
I read it in one enjoyable sitting. The main characters are authentic and likeable, the plot is plausible and unassuming. The setting is idyllic, small coastal towns in northern Portugal, and the happy ever after ending brings a tear of relief to the eye. What’s not to like about it?