Liz Eeles returns to the blog with the second in her Heaven’s Cove series, set on the Devon coast with
A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea
We return to Heaven’s Cove with Lettie, still grieving the loss of her aunt who, although she left the cove years ago never to return, spoke so glowingly of the place that Lettie needed to see it for herself. Hoping to find that a tiny necklace key she’d been left would unearth secrets and return the connection and contentment that she found from her aunt’s presence.
But all is not to be that simple, as the more Lettie asks questions, the more the residents of the tiny village avoid her – all but one. But when she discovers the real reason her aunt left, never to return, will that add a level of chaos to the tentative connection she’s found with Corey – and will he blame her for the story his grandmother shared with her – that led to her aunt’s leaving?
I love that Eeles gave us more characters to explore and new stories to unearth while allowing us to better know the residents we met in book one. Lettie is searching for something – some independence, some answers, none of which will be found within the constraints her very demanding family require – and she’s determined to make her own way and choices. Perhaps she can even make amends for choices gone awry so many years ago, and finally feel as if she’s at home in Heaven’s Cove, allowing her memories from her aunt and the stories she shared to become a part of her new direction. A lovely story that works alone but is better experienced with the introduction and story from book one in the series, and a great escape into the scenic and picturesque little Devon village. It’s not going to hurt one bit as we find answers to Lettie’s questions and admire her growth and choices as she moves forward.
Title: A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea
Author: Liz Eeles
Series: Heaven’s Cove #2
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, British, Contemporary Elements, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Historic Elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 20 May, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 55 minutes
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High on the clifftops, Lettie takes a deep breath of salty air and opens the letter. There is no signature, and the old-fashioned handwriting is faint against the yellowed paper. The message, and the tiny gold key inside, will turn her life upside down…
Lettie Starcross makes her way along the cobbled streets of Heaven’s Cove, clutching a little key and searching for answers about her kind, twinkly-eyed Great Aunt Iris, whom she misses terribly. With no job back home, and no-one in her family understanding how adrift she feels, Lettie wonders if her aunt was lonely just like her – is that why she fled this pretty seaside village years ago and never returned?
Staying at Driftwood House where Iris lived, now a cosy B&B, Lettie can almost hear Iris’s laughter on the breeze. And when she locks eyes with brooding fisherman Corey as he’s singing a haunting sea shanty in the local tavern, the sparks that fly between them are a welcome distraction from her grief.
But everything changes when Lettie meets Corey’s grandmother. Hearing the name ‘Iris Starcross’, her wrinkled face turns pale. Then she tells Lettie a devastating secret: seventy years ago, a choice Iris made tore apart this tight-knit community.
Heartbroken, Lettie questions if she ever really understood her beloved aunt – and if Corey knew about this shocking rift all along. So when her sister calls begging her to come home, Lettie is torn. If she stays to find what the key unlocks, can she discover the truth about what Iris did – and fight for her own fresh start? Or will she be the next Starcross woman to run from Heaven’s Cove forever?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.