Escape to Little Bluewater Bay by Joanne Boden
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Escape to Little Bluewater Bay

Published Date: January 31, 2022

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Book 1 in series!

320 pages


Start the new year in Little Bluewater Bay …

New year, new Willow Jenkins? All Willow knows is that she needs an escape. So, she takes an extended break from her PR job and retreats to her grandmother’s cosy cottage by the sea in Little Bluewater Bay, where a limitless supply of hot chocolate will soothe her broken heart and a limited wi-fi connection will prevent her workaholic tendencies.

Willow is soon made to feel welcome by the friendly locals – although grumpy artist Noah Atkinson doesn’t seem to like her very much. Just what is his problem?

But then Willow is asked by her grandmother to approach Noah with a very special commission, only to discover that he hasn’t painted people for a long time – and with good reason. Will he make an exception, and in doing so usher in a hopeful and healing new era for them both?

Book 1 – Little Bluewater Bay. Book 2 – The Old Bookshop of New Beginnings.

Available as an eBook & audiobook on all platforms. Paperback available from Amazon.  

Joanne Boden

Joanne lives in Lancashire with her husband and their two sons. When she is not busy writing, she likes to take her boys to the local museums, cafes and for walks in the countryside.
Joanne has published 4 non-fiction works aimed at parenting children on the Autistic spectrum, based upon her experiences as a mother of an autistic son. She has also self published a contemporary romance novel, Picking up the Pieces.

Joanne writes contemporary romances with gorgeous heroes.  Escape to Little Bluewater Bay is her debut novel with Choc Lit.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Barbara p
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    This is a lovely romance with lots of twists. The heroine, Willow, is over working and needs to recover from this and a breakup. Her grandfather’s death is the catalyst that might give her her life back. The story ties this all together with the aid of the delicious Noah. Read, enjoy and hear Willow’s story. A delightful book I really enjoyed.

  2. Yvonne Greene
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    Loved this story of 2 broken hearted people, Willow and Noah, who meet in unusual circumstances. The backdrop of Bluewater Bay is as stunning as it sounds, a little island tucked off the English coast. Can Willow reconnect with her roots and her grandmother, and can Noah move on from his tragic past? A genuinely lovely read – I highly recommend getting to know these engaging characters and stunning setting.

  3. Gill L.
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    I read the first 3 chapters of this before bed one night, and picked it up again the following afternoon – not putting it down again until I had finished. I wasn’t really expecting to like it as much as I did, but I couldn’t seem to leave it alone once I got going. A good story, easy to follow and read, I have no hesitation in recommending it. As this is a debut novel, I am looking forward to the next one.

  4. Donna Morgan
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    Story of Willow who comes to stay with her grandmother Annie in Little Bluewater Bay after her grandfather Albert dies. Willow’s ex-fiancé Joe was very controlling and manipulative. This has made her very guarded.
    She meets Noah who judges her on first appearances but he then realises that she is just as fragile as he is. It feels as though Albert & Annie have pushed Noah & Willow together.
    I loved hearing about Annie & Albert’s love story. There were so many poignant moments.

  5. Ruth
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    After her boyfriend’s betrayal, heartbroken Willow Jenkins takes temporary leave from her job in Liverpool and travels to Little Bluewater Bay to stay with her grandmother. Her grandfather has recently died and Willow intends to help and support her grieving grandmother.

    Little Bluewater Bay is a small seaside village where everyone is friendly and Willow was shocked when local reclusive artist Noah Atkinson shows hostility towards her. Noah lives at the opposite end of the beach to her Grandmother’s cottage, they don’t actually meet until one day, on an errand for her grandmother, Willow is caught in a violent storm and he offers her shelter in his home.

    Even in mid winter, deserted of tourists, with rain and howling winds, the seaside village of Little Bluewater Bay creates a kind of magic.

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