Heaven’s Cove #4
Tears trickling down her cheeks, she recognises her grandmother’s writing scrawled across the manila envelope. Inside is an engraved key that sits heavy in her hand. Will the tumbledown cottage be the start of a new life – or will it tear her life apart?With her back to the sparkling sea, single mum Nessa stands in the doorway of the stone cottage her grandmother left behind. If she can just fix up the crumbling walls and make the empty hearth cosy again, it will be the perfect home for her little daughter Lily – and their only option if they want to stay in the village of Heaven’s Cove. But a rap on the door soon shatters her plans…Although Gabriel Gantwich has a smile on his handsome face, the papers he’s clutching say his father’s company owns the house. They plan to knock it down, destroying Nessa’s last link to her family history – and Lily’s last hope for a home in Heaven’s Cove.Reeling, Nessa is furious that an outsider could take away her child’s future. She has just thirty days to renovate the cottage – and prove it’s hers. As she and Gabriel clash over every detail, Nessa barely notices that even though they argue, their talks are fuelled by the same passion. And beneath his tough exterior, Gabriel appreciates the beauty of the sunset bathing the clifftop cottage in soft pink light as much as she does…But one stormy night, Nessa gets a desperate phone call about Lily. Forced to choose between her family’s past and her daughter’s future, will she end up losing everything? Or will Gabriel finally realise what truly matters, and help Nessa make this beautiful place a home?
Every family has a history. It’s a mixture of happy and sad memories. You want to gather as much heirlooms as possible. Sometimes it’s something small like a photo or a piece of jewellery. That’s easy. You put the photo in a pretty album or frame. You wear the jewellery or keep it safe in a box.
What if your legacy is a crumbling cottage on a deserted beach and someone is trying to take it away from you? Would you let it go without a fight or would you accept the challenge in order to rescue it and secure your and your daughter’s future?
Is a crazy plan, but Nessa is determined. She will see it through even if she has to take some decisions she is not happy with. After all it’s for a good cause and what is thirty days in comparison to the rest of your life? It’s peanuts, right?
Readers who have visited Heaven’s Cove before know it’s a lovely place by the sea. The people are friendly and always ready to help a fellow villager.
Everything goes to plan until that call in the middle of the night. Is it over or does Nessa still stand a chance?
Parents sometimes think they know what is best for their children or they put them on a pedestal. They refuse to accept the truth. Maybe it’s time for them to throw the blinkers away.
Will Nessa and Gabriel find their way to the future they want and maybe a way to each other’s heart?
Sit back, feel the sun on your face, smell the briny air. Laugh and cry, but above all enjoy this lovely story. 5 stars
About the author
Liz began her writing career as a journalist for newspapers and magazines before moving into the health sector as a communications manager and press officer. The low point of her career was abandoning an interview with Cliff Richard after two questions because she was about to faint – her excuse is that she was newly pregnant at the time.
Liz is from Gloucestershire but now lives by the sea in West Sussex with her husband and grown-up daughter. She spends a lot of time meaning to meditate, avoiding exercise, and missing her son who lives in London.