From the attic of Driftwood House there are stunning views of the deep green sea and sapphire sky. But Rosie can’t tear her eyes away from the faded photograph in her hands, and the words written on the back that will change everything…
Back in the tiny seaside village of Heaven’s Cove after the death of her mother, all Rosie Merchant wants is to hide her tears, rent out her childhood home, and get back to her ‘real’ life, away from the gossiping villagers and wild Devon weather she escaped from years ago.
She’s surprised to find a smiling man in hiking boots – local farmer Liam – waiting on the stone doorstep. His kind offer to help clear crumbling, isolated Driftwood House is hard to refuse, and despite Rosie’s determination not to let anyone get close, soon they’re walking and laughing together along the clifftops. As clouds scud across the endless sky and green waves crash against the shore, Rosie is reminded that nowhere is more beautiful than home.
Then, up in the attic of Driftwood House, Rosie stumbles across a photo which exposes the heart-stopping truth about how her mother came to live at Driftwood House years ago… and Liam only seems concerned about the implications for his own nearby farm. Did he know this painful secret all along, and should she run from Heaven’s Cove for good? Or will facing up to her devastating family history mean Rosie can finally put down roots in this beautiful place?
Some people you have known all your life, but how well did you know them actually? It seems like there are some important things you were never told or even lied to about.
For some people you have a vision in your head formed on things you saw, but are they really like that? Maybe they were, but that does not mean they still are now.
Sometimes the truth is kept hidden, because you want to protect yourself and your family and you made a promise. You do it in good faith, but do you realize that you hurt other people in the process? Probably not, but that does not mean it hurts any less.
The persons that were left in the dark feel betrayed and guilty. Betrayed because they feel that they could not be trusted with the facts and guilty because they have treated loved ones in a bad way.
What is done, is done though and you can only try to make the best of it. When one door closes, a new one can be opened even if what’s behind it not what you expected.
A lovely story where secrets are unravelled, cheaters get what they deserve and love is found where they least expected it. 4 stars
Thank you, Liz Eeles and Bookouture.
About the author
Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist.
Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result.
Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.