Guest Review by Dee
TITLE: Water Under Bridges
SERIES: The Pink Bean, book 5
AUTHOR: Harper Bliss
PUBLISHER: Ladylit Publishing
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2017
Can you build a future if you don’t let go of the past?
Louise Hamilton has returned to Sydney after her long term relationship broke down in Brisbane and she’s loving her new job at Glow, Darlinghurst’s freshly opened yoga studio. She’s found new friends in her boss Amber and the gang at the Pink Bean and feels like her life is finally back on track. Until a figure from her past unexpectedly comes back to haunt her.
Mia Miller has just been hired as the Pink Bean’s new manager. She’s delighted to leave behind the corporate life and become part of a small business whose owners and patrons give her the sense of community and family she’s been missing. When a Pink Bean customer catches her eye and she tries to establish a connection, her advances are met with nothing but indifference and disdain.
What happens when a dark past comes back to slap you in the face? And can people ever truly move on from a deeply traumatizing experience? Find out in this new installment of best-selling lesbian romance author Harper Bliss’ Pink Bean series. Every book in this series can be read as a stand-alone without having read the other instalments.
Harper’s one of the only authors I’ve encountered who can effortlessly switch between writing in present tense to past tense, and from first person to third, from one book to the next. I mention such as it’s one more thing that I love about Harper’s work. Her books keeps me guessing before I even read the first page.
Imagine my delight when I discovered this installment of The Pink Bean is told in third person, and dual point of view – my favorite style of narration.
Throughout this story, the reader gets into the heads of both leading ladies, Mia and Louise. I think this story worked so well for me due to that reason. If I’d only heard one side of the story, I doubt I would’ve been able to empathize with Mia. The story is full of depth and emotion. It’s one of bitter enemies to friends and, eventually, lovers. I think this is one of the first books I’ve read by Harper that has been almost devoid of erotic content, and I loved the story despite that, or perhaps because of it.
I loved catching up with a number of the ladies who have appeared in previous installments. Although this story can be read as a standalone, due to the heroines being newly introduced characters, I honestly feel readers who have read the entire series will benefit from it more.
Verdict – highly recommended.