The Girl at the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @lizeelesauthor


Heaven’s Cove #3

The girl stands on the clifftop, feeling the soft breeze lift her shining red hair and dry her tears. She can almost hear Ireland calling her home across the wild sea. But she can never go back. And in that moment, she swears no-one will ever find out why.Freya is desperate for escape from her messy break-up when she’s offered a job caring for elderly Kathleen in the seaside village of Heaven’s Cove. Kathleen’s once-red hair is now a brilliant white, but there’s always laughter in her Irish lilt – until the day Freya finds her weeping, her gaze fixed on Driftwood House, perched on the cliffs above the village. She refuses to say what’s wrong…Kathleen’s son Ryan, quiet with striking emerald eyes, resents that a stranger is caring for his mother. But as Freya presses him for answers on a long walk across a windswept beach, Ryan finally admits that Kathleen breaks down in the same way, on the exact same day every year – never telling anyone what is causing her pain.Finding a photo of Kathleen as a young girl standing outside Driftwood House years before she says she moved to the village, Freya is determined to find the source of Kathleen’s heartache. But as she gets closer to Ryan, and to the sad, forgotten history of the house, Freya is faced with an impossible decision…Should she share this heartbreaking secret with Ryan and risk their chance of happiness together? And will facing the truth bring Kathleen peace in her final years – or will it tear them all apart?




Let me start by telling a little story. A few years ago I was visiting a friend and our kids wanted a burger and fries. I volunteered to go to the local snack bar to get a take away. When I came back I told her something the owner told me. She looked at me and said: ‘ I have been going to that shop every week for about three years now and you know more about the owners than I do…’ LOL

So I understand how Freya is feeling when she says people want to tell her personal things. The only difference is that they never swore me to secrecy. Their stories were more every day events, but I still kept them to myself. That’s what you do when people trust you enough, but what happens when you are sworn to secrecy and you promised you would be open about everything to someone else close to your heart?

It’s time to act and make some decisions, but what does this mean for the future? Will be a step toward a bright one or a big leap back to where you came from?

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to this author’s next story.  5 stars

Thank you, Liz Eeles and Bookouture.


About the author

Liz writes heart-warming and uplifting women’s fiction about families and relationships, and romantic comedies full of love and laughs.

She worked as a journalist for years and brought up a family on the south coast of England, all the while writing fiction on the quiet. After being short-listed in a couple of national novel-writing competitions, her dream of being a published author came true when she was signed by Bookouture.

When not writing, Liz likes walking by the sea, catching up with friends and binge-watching box sets.


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