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A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea–reinventing yourself

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A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea

by Liz Eeles

Many series depend on the continuation of a character or a set of characters. The Heaven’s Cove Series does not. The continuity is found in the setting—the little village of Heaven’s Cove and Driftwood House perched on a cliff high above the ocean. Therefore, with only a few characters from the first book showing up in the second, anyone can easily jump into the series with this second book, A Letter to the Last House Before the Sea. I should add, however, that I loved the first book and immediately after reading it purchased the second book so I would be ready to jump into the third which was recently published.

Lettie has had a hard time finding her way in life. Her family tries to manage her personal life while depending on her to be on call for their needs—be they babysitting, shopping, or sorting repairs. When she is sacked from a customer service job five weeks after the death of her beloved great-aunt Iris, she does a runner to Heaven’s Cove where she hopes to fulfill the bedside wish of her aunt to “find out for me, darling girl.” Aunt Iris had secrets about her past. She left Heaven’s Cove as a teenager with her whole family, never to return. She bequeathed a delicate gold key to Lettie that was connected to her secret. Lettie is committed to discovering what the secrets are that make up Iris’ past.

Locals are suspicious and disdainful of outsiders so Lettie has trouble researching the history, but in the process realizes that maybe she is ready to rediscover her former passion for history and reinvent herself. Along the way she meets several handsome young men and some cranky old timers. She finds Heaven’s Cove calling to her. As she follows leads on Iris’ story, she discovers someone else in need of her skills to track down a long lost love, adding another emotional dimension to the plot.

Lettie is a very likable main character. You will want the best for her and feel her frustrations as your own. My second visit to Heaven’s Cove kept me turning pages and ended with me smiling in satisfaction.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Women’s Fiction

Notes: 1. # 2 in the Heaven’s Cove Series, but would be good as a standalone.
2. Clean fiction—no sex or violence and very little swearing.

Publication: May 19, 2021—Bookouture

Memorable Lines:

Truth be told, Claude had saved Buster that night, as the rain lashed down and the shivering stray risked being swept away by the waves breaking over the quay wall. But then Buster had saved Claude, in return, from the loneliness that often threatened to overwhelm him.

“People disappear from your life, but they always leave an echo,” said Claude quickly.

Much as she’d grown to love Heaven’s Cove, she would never get used to the village grapevine. In London you could drop dead and no one would notice.


  1. WendyW says:

    Good to know you can read as a stand-alone. But, with that setting, I would want to read them all.

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  2. Gretchen says:

    What a unique twist on a series – to follow different characters in the same setting. I always find it fascinating what a place means to a person. Your comment about smiling in satisfaction after reading the book makes this one I definitely want to check out!

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  3. I am intrigued! I love the the series is based on the setting rather than the characters, and it’s hard not to want to read this series after reading your review!

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    • lghiggins says:

      Thank you, Jenna. I think you would like it. Even though the setting is almost like a character, the characters are important too. I really liked all of the books in the series.


  4. bernard25 says:

    Bonheur, ennuis, succès, déception ou échec – je ne sais pas ce qui vous attend pour la journée, mais je sais que tout ira bien c’est toujours un plaisir de venir te dire. Bonjour bonjour!
    Amitié c’est un plaisir de déposer un petit mot à tous mes amis amies Bernard

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  5. lghiggins says:

    Bonjour Bernard ! Merci pour vos aimables paroles. Bonne journée!


  6. Carla says:

    This is such a great series and you have described it well, Linda. I have enjoyed all 3 books, but I think this was my favorite of the three. The characters are always so relatable, but the setting is also fantastic. Wonderful review. I hope there are more to come.


    • lghiggins says:

      I hope so too. When the story truly wrapped up for the first book, I expected to see the first characters in the second story. The same with the second story moving into the third. They really are setting dependent and I have enjoyed that.

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