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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

Begin Again by Helly Acton #Review


I am delighted to be featuring Helly Acton's latest novel, Begin Again on the blog today. It was published by Zaffre on 6th July. 

The Good Place meets Sliding Doors, Begin Again is an uplifting novel about life's what if's, missed chances and new beginnings. 

 Despite living firmly in her comfort zone, Frankie McKenzie feels unsettled. She can't help feeling something's missing. Is it a home to call her own? Travel? A more rewarding job? A relationship? Before she can work it out, she dies in a freak kebab-related accident after yet another dud of a first date.

 But life isn't over for Frankie. Instead, she is offered a second chance: Frankie can revisit key moments from her past to see if different choices will lead her away from that fateful takeaway and on to the fulfilling life she's always dreamt of.

 Soon, Frankie will see what her life would have been if only she'd caught that one-way flight, accepted the marriage proposal or attended the intimidating job interview. Will she finally find her Mr Right? Or discover she already had?

 What would you change if you could begin again?


Praise for Helly Acton:


'A romcom with a difference' Sarra Manning

'Genius, funny and thought-provoking. 5 stars' Carrie Hope Fletcher

'Warm, witty and thought-provoking' Abbie Greaves

'A fresh, funny, razor-sharp take on society's views of relationships. It's feminist, it's provocative and a total joy to read' Hannah Tovey

'Helly's writing is filled with such humour and warmth, it makes me laugh and think whilst seamlessly tackling complex ideas about modern society. What a triumph!' Abigail Mann

'Funny and clever. I loved every single line' Lucy Vine

 My Thoughts

 This is one of those rare gems that makes you think and entertains you at the same time. Frankie knows that there is something missing in her life and as you are taken back through moments when she made decisions, you get to consider whether the grass is always greener. Full of humour, you get to see Frankie and her friends under different circumstances and at different times in their lives. You get to see how friendships are both reinforced and strained.  The warmth in their friendships is always there as Frankie has to reassess what is important to her and ultimately, what matters in life.

    This is clever writing. You are able to suspend belief and go with its central premise ( no spoilers). You also find yourself reconsidering and wondering whether what you most desire is actually going to be as you would expect. If you want a fun read which is thought provoking, takes a look at people's life choices and throws them in the air, this is just up your street.

In short: a romcom with a bite


About the Author

Helly Acton is a copywriter from London with past lives in Zimbabwe, the Middle East and Australia. She studied Law at King's College London before following a more creative path into advertising. At 26, Helly took a career break to travel in Africa and Asia, before landing in Sydney. Six years and one life-affirming break up later, she returned home and threw herself into online dating in the city. Helly uses this experience as a single woman in her early thirties - torn between settling down and savouring her independence - as a source of inspiration.


Helly currently lives in Berkshire with her husband, Chris, their two young boys, Arlo and Jack and their little dog, Milo. Sometimes, she gets their names mixed up.


You can follow Helly here: Website  |  Twitter 

 Book link: Amazon UK


Thanks to Helly Acton, Zaffre and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

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