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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

An Invitation to Seashell Bay by Bella Osborne #Review

 

Today's romcom is just right for Summer reading. An Invitation to Seashell Bay by Bella Osborne was published om July 20th by Avon.


One ambitious businesswoman.

One irresponsible heir.

A deal that will turn both their lives upside down…

To grow her craft business, Nancy is in desperate need of two things: help and money. So when a potential investor she’s looking to impress recommends an assistant, she jumps at the chance to secure both.

Freddy Astley-Davenport is a notorious playboy with zero work experience. He’s poised to inherit his family’s estate in sunny Seashell Bay – but only if he can hold down a job for six months first. His plan is to take the assistant role in name only, then do the least work he possibly can.

Nancy has other ideas, though, and the pair butt heads from day one. However, as they argue, sparks begin to fly, and they soon discover exactly why opposites attract…

An absolutely escapist, funny, feel-good summer romance. Fans of Cathy Bramley, Katie Fforde and Milly Johnson will adore Bella Osborne.


 My Thoughts

This is a really entertaining, fun read with plenty of witty dialogue and humorous events. A great source of  the latter has to come from the various animals who inhabit the pages, usually bringing chaos in their wake! Nancy is a positive, go-getter who is determined to build up her business through sheer hard work. She is a likeable though driven character with a softer side which you often glimpse. Fair as a boss, she sets out to help those who need a helping hand to get on. In that, she couldn't be more different from some of the hard- nosed businessmen she comes up against.

    Freddy is Nancy's polar opposite and has had a privileged background. It is when you see him at home, that you glimpse some hidden depths and a caring side. Alongside Nancy's story, you meet Alice, Nancy's young lodger who has some huge difficulties to overcome. At first, you are impatient with her over-protective parents but the reasons for their behaviour become clear as the story develops. There is plenty in the book to amuse, with different generations and a few surprising characters. I can see the setting and the characters have potential for further stories, but am not sure if that is planned- let's hope so!

 

In short: romance and laughter 

About the Author

 

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. Since then she’s written nine best-selling romantic comedies, two best-selling bookclub reads and won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award.

Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She lives in Warwickshire, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s a dog. When not writing Bella is usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on social media.

 For more about Bella, visit her website at www.bellaosborne.com follow her on Twitter - @osborne_bella or Facebook ur TikTok

Book links: Amazon UK |  Amazon US 

 

Thanks to Bella Osborne, Avon and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
 
Check out the rest of the tour!
 

 

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