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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

In From The Cold by Sarah Bennett #Review

 

I am delighted to be on the tour to celebrate the second in the Juniper Meadows series by Sarah Bennett. Set in the Cotswolds, In From the Cold  was published on Septemver 21st by Boldwood Books. You can read my review on the first in the series, Where We Belong, here.

 
Amelia Riley and Ben Lawson have something in common – fathers who have kept secrets.

On the day of his father’s funeral, Ben’s life changes forever when a woman he’s never met shows up claiming to be his sister. As he investigates the past, Ben is shaken to discover that much of his life has been built on a carefully constructed foundation of his father’s lies. Needing answers, he agrees to visit Juniper Meadows, the ancestral estate owned and run by his long-lost relatives, the Travers family.

Arriving in the pretty Cotswold countryside, the first person Ben meets is Amelia Riley. They are immediately drawn to one another, but Amelia has her own complicated ties to the Travers family. Her only goal is to set the past to rights so she can move on with a clean conscience.

As Ben starts to see the events of his childhood more clearly, he allows the warmth and fun he finds at Juniper Meadows to draw him in from the cold. But just as he’s contemplating setting down roots, Amelia is making plans to leave…

Bestseller Sarah Bennett is back with an irresistible, feel-good, page-turning escape, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Katie Fforde and Phillipa Ashley.


 My Thoughts

Juniper Meadows is such an appealing setting with lots of potential for new characters to appear. In this second in the series, we meet more members of the family and discover more about the Travers' family history. There is a multitude of potentially awkward situations when Ben arrives but the Travers' attitudes show us a lot about what sort of people they are. 

    Amelia is  closely connected with the Travers family but wants to get by without accepting help and is desperate to atone for her father's past actions.  Nevertheless, her friendships support her and she has to learn to accept help and to distance herself from her father. Juniper Meadows has a healing quality and you can see this in its effect on her mother who has been in denial and relied on Amelia to take the hard decisions. I always enjoy reading Sarah Bennett's stories with their appealing characters and brilliant settings. Family, friendship and community are at the heart of the story and make for an uplifting read.  

In short: heartwarming- a gorgeous read

About the Author

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.

 

You can follow Sarah here: Twitter   |  Facebook|  Amazon Author Page  |  Instagram  |   Bookbub


 
Thanks to Sarah Bennett,  Boldwood Books and Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for a copy of the book and a place on the Tour.
 
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