18 February 2021
Heaven's Cove #1
My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
From the attic of Driftwood House there are stunning views of the deep green sea and sapphire sky. But Rosie can’t tear her eyes away from the faded photograph in her hands, and the words written on the back that will change everything…
Back in the tiny seaside village of Heaven’s Cove after the death of her mother, all Rosie Merchant wants is to hide her tears, rent out her childhood home, and get back to her ‘real’ life, away from the gossiping villagers and wild Devon weather she escaped from years ago.
She’s surprised to find a smiling man in hiking boots – local farmer Liam – waiting on the stone doorstep. His kind offer to help clear crumbling, isolated Driftwood House is hard to refuse, and despite Rosie’s determination not to let anyone get close, soon they’re walking and laughing together along the clifftops. As clouds scud across the endless sky and green waves crash against the shore, Rosie is reminded that nowhere is more beautiful than home.
Then, up in the attic of Driftwood House, Rosie stumbles across a photo which exposes the heart-stopping truth about how her mother came to live at Driftwood House years ago… and Liam only seems concerned about the implications for his own nearby farm. Did he know this painful secret all along, and should she run from Heaven’s Cove for good? Or will facing up to her devastating family history mean Rosie can finally put down roots in this beautiful place?
📖 My Thoughts..
I was initially drawn to the book by the promise of visiting the last house before the sea which is so beautifully captured in this colourful cover that I was quickly immersed in Rosie's story as she tries to make sense of what has happened at Driftwood House during her late mother's life there. Having to deal with the aftermath of her mother's untimely death, Rosie also has to try and come to terms not just with her grief but also her guilt at being away from Devon for such a long time. When she discovers that the place she calls home is under threat, Rosie knows that she must do all she can to keep Driftwood House safe.
This is a lovely, heartwarming story which tugs away at the heartstrings for not only is Driftwood House so beautifully captured that you quickly start to care about what happens to it, but also Rosie is such a lovely character, and is so filled with doubts and indecision, that I wanted to put my arms around her to give her a hug. The people who live in Heaven's Cove are a great bunch of characters, there's the village gossip who knows everyone's business, the village flirt who has her beady eye firmly fixed on the village's eligible bachelor, and the lovely friend who remembers Rosie from school and who offers support in a practical way. However, it is in Rosie's burgeoning relationship with local farmer, Liam, where the heart and soul of the story lies and their friendship is filled with warmth, wit and the occasional angst ridden moment.
Beautifully written, Secrets at the Last House before the Sea is a lovely, heartwarming story about finding love, coping with loss and uncovering family secrets. As this is the first book in a proposed series about Heaven's Cove I am sure that these lovely characters will have more to say in future stories.
Secrets at the Last House before the Sea by Liz Eeles is published in ebook by Bookouture on the 18th February 2021.
About the Author
Liz Eeles lives on the south coast of England with her family, and writes heart-warming, emotional women's fiction and romantic comedies.
Twitter @lizeelesauthor #SecretsAtTheLastHouseBeforeTheSea