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Death at Lovers Leap by Catherine Coles #Review#PublicationDay

    Today I am featuring the third in a cozy crime series by Catherine Coles , The Martha Miller Mysteries . Death at Lovers' Leap is published today, on February 16th by Boldwood Books .You can read my review of the first in the series, Poison at the Village Show   here amd the second, Death at the Country Fair   here .     Westleham Village 1948 As Valentine's Day rolls around, Martha Miller finds herself unusually melancholy at the state of her own love life. With husband Stan still missing and with her growing feelings for Vicar Luke still shrouded in secrecy, there’s only one place Martha can go - famous local beauty spot, Lovers' Leap. Legend has it that those with a broken heart throw themselves off the bridge that spans the river, but Martha is certainly not about to do such a thing! But it looks like someone else has had other ideas…. Because there in the river, Martha finds a body. But is this misadventure, a moment of lovesick madness, or is foul play a

Friends with Benefits by Lisa Swift #Review

I am so happy to feature Lisa Swift's ltest romcom, Friends with Benefits, which was published by Hera on 3rd February.  

Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?

Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, and an utterly delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl announced he was leaving to work overseas… and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is practically over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her sane is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can always depend on him in times of need.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. It starts as just sex, but it doesn’t take long for deeper feelings to develop.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with some difficult decisions. Will she be forced to choose between her love for Theo and the boy she sees as a son?


 My Thoughts

There are some amusing moments in this romcom, usually centred around the teenagers in this story and their interaction with the 'grown-ups'. However, I also found that despite its feelgood, heart-warning moments, there are also some more serious aspects and darker themes. Grief and loss feature throughout. You see how this affects three generations and consider just what makes a family.

    Throughout the story, you see the effects of not being honest about how you feel and you get to see different characters trying to work through some difficult relationships. None are more mature or truthful than the youngest one, Connor, who more often than not acts in the more open and honest way. You get to consider how adults' behaviour can impact on their children and how they behave can cause ripple effects through the entire family. This is an entertaining read with a solid centre.

In short:  light and shade in this entertaining read.  


About the Author


Lisa Swift grew up in rural West Yorkshire in the UK, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

Lisa also writes romantic comedies under the pen name Mary Jayne Baker.

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Book links: Amazon UK  |  Apple  |  Kobo

Thanks to Lisa Swift, Hera Books and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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