Coming Home to Heritage Cove
By Helen J Rolfe
What it’s about?
Welcome to Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea brimming with character, community and friendship, and the perfect place to fall in love this summer…
Melissa rushes back to Heritage Cove when Barney, the man who’s been like a father figure to her since she was a little girl, ends up in hospital. After an absence of five years, her return isn’t going to be easy, especially when she bumps into Harvey, the love of her life and the man she’s never been able to forget.
For reasons he couldn’t explain at the time, Harvey changed his mind about going with Melissa to start afresh as they’d planned, and life moved on for the both of them. But with Melissa back in the village and determined to stick around to help Barney, they can’t avoid each other forever. Melissa knows she let so many people down by staying away for so long, but she and Harvey blame each other for what happened and neither of them is willing to admit to being in the wrong.
When Barney insists on cancelling the Wedding Dress Ball, the charity fundraiser he holds every year in the stunning barn on his property, Melissa and Harvey realise they’re going to have to pull together. Otherwise the man they once knew might be gone forever. And when they unearth a secret Barney has never shared with anyone, they go in search of answers to not only ensure the ball runs this summer, but to bring back the Barney they know and love.
Back in the cove after all this time, Melissa gets to see the life she left behind and it’s time to deal with what it was that drove her away in the first place.
What I think:
This is a really enjoyable read with characters who all go on individual journeys,
Melissa is a flight attendant engaged to a pilot. She’s traveled the world. A far cry from the small Suffolk village she grew up in. She left years ago and apart from a few postcards has never been back. Until now.
Harvey’s email comes as a complete surprise. Despite the fact that she is supposed to be having a week’s holiday with her fiance she sets off down to Heritage Cove to look after Barney and face the ghosts of the past.
I found the set up for Melissa’s return a little improbable. Jay, her fiance accepts her cancelling their week together at the drop of a hat remarkably quickly and is very accepting of the fact that she needs to go and look after someone she has barely mentioned previously. She also manages to get weeks of unpaid leave. But hey, we’re living in stranger times!
Once in Heritage Cove she is welcomed back by some of her old friends and has to face the tragedy of her past and repair her relationship with Harvey.
The village sounds like the perfect place to live. People know and support each other. There is a real sense of community and fresh eggs every day. Not to mention the beauty of the Cove itself.
Barney is such a great character. Warm and caring he is beloved by the village. His decision to cancel the annual charity Wedding Dress Ball that he hosts in his barn, brings Melissa and Harvey together. He also a few secrets of his own.
The different stories are all entwined and there is a real sense of character development as the book progresses. There are also some great secondary characters. This is the first in the Heritage Cove series so hopefully we will meant more of the villagers into he future.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great cosy read.
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About the author:
Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community.
Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to.
Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe.
Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job.
Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children.
Helen loves to hear from readers so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. She can be found at:
Helen’s website : www.helenjrolfe.com
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