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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

Holly's Hawaiian Holiday by Daisy James #Review #BlossomwoodBaySeriesBook3

 


Welcome to Holly's Hawaiian Holiday, the third book in a brand new series from the author of the Hummingbird Hotel series and the Cornish Confetti Agency series.

Escape to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands!

When Holly Henderson loses her dog-grooming business in the Blossomwood Bay fire, she’s devastated, and her plans to expand into creative coat-dyeing are over before they began. After her temporary job at Blossomwood Kennels also comes to a heart-breaking end, she’s left with no choice but to accept her cousin’s offer of a dog-sitting assignment for celebrity TV chef Oscar Reynolds if she wants to keep her beloved springer spaniel, Ariel, in dog biscuits.

However, the assignment is in Hawaii and Holly has never been further than a short weekend trip to Paris. With some trepidation, she heads to Oahu and the Mahina family’s ranch where, within five minutes of arriving, she’s run off the road by a speeding Ferrari and doused in an avalanche of “organic” fertiliser.

So much for the glamorous holiday she’d hoped to enjoy!

But despite the inauspicious start, it doesn’t take long for the tropical island paradise to weave its Aloha magic through Holly’s veins. Can the hang loose lifestyle help her find the confidence she needs to deal with the demons that have been chasing her for as long as she can remember? Or will they continue to pursue her, sapping her energy, and ruining her chance of finding happiness?

Join Holly as she explores everything the beautiful Hawaiian Islands have to offer, and enjoy a story filled with sun, sea, and surfing, along with a Dash, Dollop & Drizzle of heart-warming romance.


 My Thoughts

 I am really enjoying the settings in this new Blossomwood Bay series and the latest, Hawaii, played a huge part in the story. Holly's working holiday there gives her the ideal environment to escape from her job and living worries and take a fresh look at how she interacts with her friends. The key to Holly's behaviour rests in her youth. Certain experiences when young have affected her greatly and she now finds it impossible to speak out, wanting to placate and please everybody. The idea of confrontation makes her feel ill. 

    The supporting cast of characters are a varied lot with their own contribution to the story. They have their own stories going on and in the background is a threat to this Hawaiian paradise. Holly keeps in touch with friends who we have met in earlier books in the series which is great to check in with them. Adding to the humour are the four legged friends who Holly adores. By the end of the story, you feel that Holly has developed as a character and matured. This is a great read for a late summer holiday. 

In short: escape to Hawaii for sun and romance

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea - china plates and teacups are a must.

 

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Book links:   Amazon UK  |  Amazon US  | 
 
              
Thanks to Daisy James and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.
 
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  1. A huge thank you for your lovely review, and for being part of the blog tour, Love Daisy xx

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