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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

Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton #Review


Today, I am delighted to feature this friends to lovers romance, Last Time We Met. Emily Houghton's  romance will be published in print by Penguin on August 4th. Transworld released the book in digital form on 14th July.  

Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact - to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they're both single at 35 they'll get married.

Eleanor and Fin haven't spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away from them and they're both far from where they'd dreamt of being all those years ago.

It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor's life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or is there a chance they can keep some of the promises they made? 

 My Thoughts

You meet up with Fin and Eleanor at different points of their lives, spanning from their childhood when they were inseparable, to the present day, when they have lost touch. Told from both Fin and Eleanos' perspectives, you feel as though you are seeing both sides of their story. Fin was important to all of Eleanor's family and seemed like a brother and honorary son to them. The reason for Fin's return to the UK adds a poignancy to the story and you glimpse the lives of several of the residents in his mother's care  home. Grief and loss are set against the warmth and compassion which you see there and you can't help but feel for Fin as he comes to terms with his mother's illnesses.

    There is also a certain sadness attached to the fact that former best friends have lost touch and can't seem to communicate as they used to. You are willing Fin and Eleanor to talk more but as you come to realise, the dynamic between them is complicated and there are some serious issues at the root of their relationship. Eleanor's new best friend, Sal adds some humour to the story and I enjoyed Eleanor's relationship with her sister and mother. This is a story which carries you along and by the end, you do care about how it will end up. 

In short: Friends to lovers

About the Author

Emily Houghton is an ex–digital specialist and full-time creative writer. She originally comes from Essex but now lives in London. A trained yoga and spin teacher, Emily is completely obsessed with dogs and has dreamt of being an author ever since she could hold a pen.

You can follow Emily here:  Twitter

Book links: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Emily Houghton, Penguin Random House and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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