Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J. Rolfe

Cove Series Book 1

Pages: 326
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction / Chick Lit / Romance

Book Summary

(From Goodreads)

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.

Beneath the summer sunshine in Heritage Cove, the sea sparkles, the heat rises and new love, reconciliations, and the answers to an old love story could bring changes for everyone.

Perfect summer reading for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin, and Jill Mansell



Rating: 4 out of 5.

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My Thoughts

There are way too many explanations. I skipped a lot. The world-building is great but not when it’s too much. I enjoyed most of Helen’s writing style besides the information dump every now and again. By chapter 6 the story started leveling out and I started to enjoy it. I’m also starting to feel better towards Melissa. The storyline became a lot better after a few chapters. As I previously mentioned, I started enjoying it after chapter 6.

Lost loves that become reunited is always a good romance trope. I enjoyed the twists and turns with Barney and his background story that slowly came to light. I was kept guessing with all the different twists and turns and was pleasantly surprised by a few outcomes. Heritage Cove sounds really beautiful, small, and quaint.

I struggled with Melissa’s character at the beginning of the book. She was selfish and I found it hard to root for her or feel sorry for her. However, as the story progressed I was able to relate to Melissa more. I understood her backstory and her actions even though they were a little selfish at one point. The dialogue was relatively easy to understand.

I enjoyed all the small-town characters. Barney and all the other people living in Heritage Cove and Lois that joins at the end. This is book 1 in the series but the story ends with a lead-on to book 2. The next story is about Harvey’s brother.

I mostly enjoyed the read and would recommend this book to anyone that loves Chick Lit or Romance.

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