Sun, Sea and Secret Coves! Book review of The Secret Cove of Croatia by Julie Caplin.

08 Sep

I saw this book talked about on Twitter. As I have a friend who is Croatian, I mentioned it to her and we both decided to read this book. You can see irena’s review HERE!. I was very much looking forward to reading Irena’s thoughts on how her country was represented. Click over and see what she thought.


Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a will-they-won’t-they romance you won’t be able to put down!

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…

Trigger warning: mentions eating disorders, the way it’s mentioned may not be appreciated by sufferers.

My Thoughts:

I was originally intrigued by this book because it was based in Croatia. I didn’t pay to much attention to the blurb or reviews so I went in a bit blind. Perhaps this was why the first few chapters didn’t grab me straight away.

The story consists of a luxury holiday on a yacht which sails around Croatia. The characters on the boat are a mix of hot, entitled models to salt of the earth Maddie. ( star of the show and main character).

I think it took me a little while to get into the book because some of the characters were so irritating. In my considered opinion though, the author made me feel irritated by these characters so that indeed makes a good writer.

When the setting and characters are laid out for us, I got into the book properly and then I saw the awesomeness of Croatia. It sounds like such a beautiful place, with idyllic beaches, history, art and delicious food. I was happy to read about a drink that was mentioned that Irena had sent to me from Croatia 😊.

The plot is typically chick lit. Good guys and gals, and not so good guys and gals. But their antics on the yacht and around Croatia kept me entertained and kept me rooting for Maddie.

The Secret Cove in Croatia is a great summery read where you can escape to the beautiful coast of Croatia, taste the delicious foods and drinks of the land. Ok, you may be irritated by some of the characters you meet, but you will also learn about how first impressions sometimes can be misleading, and sometimes can be bang on! A fun easy reading book that I’m glad I read.





Posted by on September 8, 2019 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “Sun, Sea and Secret Coves! Book review of The Secret Cove of Croatia by Julie Caplin.

  1. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    September 9, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Wonderful review, dear friend! This book sounds perfect for a holiday in Croatia! I like what you mentioned about first impressions, and irritating characters can make chick lit even more entertaining! 🙂 xxx

    • chocolatepages

      September 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      I have never been to Croatia but this book has shown how beautiful it is. It was a good chick lit to read between my murders. Thanks Meggy 😊

  2. irena_bookdustmagic

    September 10, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Great review Amanda. I really appreciate how you mentioned that not everyone would like how bulimia was represented in this book. In my opinion the author should have stayed away from that topic, because it was not represented good, and I hated how the main character was too nosy about it. I feel like the aim of it was to make the character who was suffering from it look bad and even more superficial.

    Thank you so much for mentioning me. I am glad you liked Croatia in this story as well.

    Let’s hope your next read will be better! 😉

    • chocolatepages

      September 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      I agree with you Irena, the bulimia element was not necessary to the story and it would have worked better without it. However, I am glad that we read it and that the book represented your country well. I think it may inspire people to consider Croatia as a holiday venue now,

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        September 17, 2019 at 9:54 am

        I’ve seen some people mention how they’d like to visit Croatia in their reviews.

      • chocolatepages

        September 17, 2019 at 12:48 pm

        I wonder if there will be more tourists now. 😊

      • irena_bookdustmagic

        September 17, 2019 at 12:49 pm

        Maybe there will be, but I don’t think we lack of them tbh.


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