Latest Reads: You Me and the Sea Elizabeth Haynes.

Rachel is at crisis point. A series of disastrous decisions has left her with no job, no home, and no faith in herself. But an unexpected job offer takes her to a remote Scottish island, and it feels like a chance to recover and mend her battered self-esteem.

The island’s other inhabitants are less than welcoming. Fraser Sutherland is a taciturn loner who is not happy about sharing his lighthouse – or his precious coffee beans – and Lefty, his unofficial assistant, is a scrawny, scared lad who isn’t supposed to be there at all. 

Homesick and out of her depth, Rachel wonders whether she’s made another mistake. But, as spring turns to summer, the wild beauty of the island captivates her soul. For the first time in years she sees the hope of a better life – if only she can break the deadlock between two men who are at war with one another, and with themselves.

I love this authors writing so much and You, Me and the Sea is a beautifully written character drama and love story, the couple at the heart of it, Rachel and Fraser are so engaging this book flew past me.

The setting is so vividly written, this remote Scottish island with its rugged beauty,that you sink into it and stick with Rachel all the way as she arrives here to hide away from herself, bringing her into the world of the quietly compelling Fraser who is living with his own demons.

This is one of those books where you are completely immersed, hoping for a happy ending never quite sure you’ll get one. The island is a character in it’s own right, sitting gently in the background as the character drama plays out on the page.

Anyone who knows me knows I dont tend towards the romantic, unless its happening while battles rage – well here the battles are all internal yet never the less I couldn’t stop reading it. Maybe Elizabeth Haynes has converted me to the cause- I needed no criminal intent in order to adore this. I’m very sad to leave all the characters, the birds and the Island behind me. This was a purely beautiful read.

Highly recommended.

You can purchase You Me And The Sea (Myriad) here.

Happy reading!

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