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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

Summer Hates Christmas by Rachel Dove #Review


Rachel Dove's latest romcom, Summer Hates Christmas was published by  Manatee Books on 16 September. 

Summer Hastings hates Christmas. She loves sunshine, the beach and running her travel agency, sending people off to their dream destinations – even if she doesn’t get to see the world for herself. For Summer, Christmas is nothing but a reminder of all the things that have gone horribly wrong in her life, so when handsome Noel Pritchett moves his pop-up Christmas shop in the store next to hers, Summer is livid.


Noel loves Christmas…and he also has a sneaking suspicion that he might be falling in love with Summer, if only he could break through the armour she has surrounded herself with. Just why does Summer hate Christmas so much? And can Noel be the one to prove to her that life can be sweet all year round?

 My Thoughts

 I really struggled to like Summer and sympathise with her as she has such a harsh way of speaking and can be so unpredictable. It is only as her story unfolds, that you realise quite what is going on in her life and why she reacts as she does. Then you begin to have empathise and wonder how her future is going to pan out. Noel seems to be able to disregard her harshness and despite everything she says to him, has the patience to get to know her. Family is an important component of the story and there are some surprising twists in Summer's background which I did not see coming.

    I did enjoy Jean's part of the story and her growing friendship with her neighbour. She also has a sympathy for Summer and Summer's mother. There are some genuinely funny parts of the story. I especially liked Noel's reaction to the thieving seagull and to Summer's spray tan sessions. With mental health very much at the centre of the story, this is a book with plenty of light and shade. 


In short: enemies to lovers with a festive twist 

About the Author

Rachel Dove lives in leafy West Yorkshire with her family, and rescue animals Tilly the cat and Darcy the dog (named after Mr Darcy, of course!). A former teacher specialising in Autism, ADHD and SpLDs, she is passionate about changing the system and raising awareness/acceptance. She loves a good rom-com, and the beach!


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Thanks to Rachel Dove, Boldwood and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.


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