A lovely story of secrets long hidden
Today, we are thrilled to be the stop on the Books on Tour for A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles.
A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea is a beautiful contemporary romance with a solid historical backstory and lovely characters.
Title: A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles.
Publisher: Bookouture (May 19, 2021)
Print Lenght: 230 pages
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?
An absolutely gorgeous read that will whisk you away to the stunning Devon coast, about family secrets, long-lost love and coming home. Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Rosanna Ley and Sheila O’Flanagan.
From the Publisher’s Blurb
Lettie Starcross had an over-meddling family she loved but shared little in common with. When her great-aunt Iris died, she felt adrift, having lost the only family member who truly seemed to understand her.
Before dying, Iris shared a secret and asked Lettie to find out what truly happened decades before, when Iris left her childhood home in Devon, never to return.
What a lovely story! I’m a sucker for letters, keys, and secrets, and this book has them all!
I enjoyed the family drama. Lettie’s family was awful, but she kept loving them nevertheless, and I admired her fortitude and forgiving nature.
The hero, Corey, was right up my alley: broody, emotionally unavailable, but so honorable and heroic.
I fell in love with Corey’s grandma and Claude, a local recluse. They were so adorably grumpy! No good story is complete without a dog, and Buster was perfect in the role.
A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea is a lovely feel-good romance full of love, family, and community. I loved every page!
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist.
Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result.
Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.