A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles – Book Review

A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles – Book Review


A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea
Heaven’s Cove Book Two

Author – Liz Eeles
Publisher – Bookouture
Pages – 317
Released – 19th May 2021
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 5 Stars
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High on the clifftops, Lettie takes a deep breath of salty air and opens the letter. There is no signature, and the old-fashioned handwriting is faint against the yellowed paper. The message, and the tiny gold key inside, will turn her life upside down…

Lettie Starcross makes her way along the cobbled streets of Heaven’s Cove, clutching a little key and searching for answers about her kind, twinkly-eyed Great Aunt Iris, whom she misses terribly. With no job back home, and no-one in her family understanding how adrift she feels, Lettie wonders if her aunt was lonely just like her – is that why she fled this pretty seaside village years ago and never returned?

Staying at Driftwood House where Iris lived, now a cosy B&B, Lettie can almost hear Iris’s laughter on the breeze. And when she locks eyes with brooding fisherman Corey as he’s singing a haunting sea shanty in the local tavern, the sparks that fly between them are a welcome distraction from her grief.

But everything changes when Lettie meets Corey’s grandmother. Hearing the name ‘Iris Starcross’, her wrinkled face turns pale. Then she tells Lettie a devastating secret: seventy years ago, a choice Iris made tore apart this tight-knit community.

Heartbroken, Lettie questions if she ever really understood her beloved aunt – and if Corey knew about this shocking rift all along. So when her sister calls begging her to come home, Lettie is torn. If she stays to find what the key unlocks, can she discover the truth about what Iris did – and fight for her own fresh start? Or will she be the next Starcross woman to run from Heaven’s Cove forever?

Review by Stacey

We return to Heaven’s Cove and Driftwood House which I first met in ‘Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea‘, back in February, where we met Rosie who had returned to the seaside town after the death of her mother and had a fight to save her home from developers her ambition was to turn her mother’s ex-home into a B&B.

This time we meet a newcomer to the area Lettie who is looking for answers as to why her recently deceased aunty left Heaven’s Cove in a hurry, but always held the place fond in her heart. She knows that her aunt used to live in Driftwood House at the start of the war and so she decides that staying there is where her journey should begin.

But as she starts to ask questions about her aunt to the locals, most are too young to remember her, and those that do, don’t want to talk about her. Can she get anyone to open up to her and discover the secrets that are hidden in Heaven’s Cove?

I adored the first book in the series with the sights, sounds, and smells of a small seaside village coming across strongly and the wonderful villagers who lived there, so I was eager to return. It was lovely to meet a new character in Lettie who was exceptionally close to her aunt and wants to find out more about her secretive life. Though her family is less understanding and thinks she should be at their beck and call all the time and come back home.

I enjoyed meeting up with those that live in the village again to continue their stories. I especially was so happy to see Rosie again and her boyfriend Liam.

This is a book that is pure escapism. It takes you to a place where you can only dream of visiting. Even though it is the second in a series I feel it would work well as a standalone, as not much of the story crosses over, though personally I always believe starting at the beginning is best as it helps you to connect better with the characters.

A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea is a story of friendship, letting go of the past, finding happiness, and self-discovery. It is an inviting and atmospheric read that held me captive the whole way through.

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Author Info

Liz Eeles A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea

Liz Eeles 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.

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12 Responses

  1. it sounds like one you can sink into on a rainy day!

  2. Jo Linsdell says:

    I love it when I find a good series. Sounds like I need to check these out.

  3. Maiyah says:

    Sounds like a great book to get lost in. Great review

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    I have this one somewhere on my cloud and your review has me wanting to clear my calendar and just fall into this.

  5. Megan | Bookstacks & Golden Moms says:

    I love books where characters pop back in from others in the series. This sounds lovely!!

  6. A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea sounds as atmospheric as you make it out to be. The cover alone made me feel like I was there.

  7. Thank you NIkki for your comment. It most certainly is a book for a rainy day to travel to somewhere gorgeous and sunny.

  8. Thanks Jo, the series is amazing and oh so beautiful.

  9. Thank you Maiyah, it is definitely a book to get lost in.

  10. Thanks DJ, I hope you enjoy it too, it is an amazing book so I am sure you will.

  11. Thank you Megan, I do too which makes this series perfect.

  12. Thank you Kate, I agree the cover is so gorgeous and make the book eye-catching.