In the latest instalment in the Pink Bean series, Water Under Bridges, we explore not only the creation of a new relationship between Mia Miller and Louise Hamilton, but so much more than that.
What Harper does so well within this book is use the main genre of Romance and F/F to comment on and tackle a highly sensitive subject of bullying.
This is a topic that many of us have either experienced or witnessed, but in this narrative Harper examines the longer lasting effects that it can have on a person. Oh, and this is not just for the person being bullied, but also the bully themselves.
Skilfully and rather surprisingly I found myself feeling sorry and drawn to Mia in this story. You could see that the mistakes of her past clearly weighed heavily on her now, which makes this stand out from other pieces of fiction that contain a bully-type narrative.
I liked both characters, which is strange considering the past behaviour of Mia, but I really urged them to get together, which I knew they would - as per the genre dictates, but I did love their journey to get together. As the saying goes, "there's a thin line between love and hate" and I think Harper has explored and used this brilliantly.
This book was given five-out-of-five stars purely for the bravery and ingenuity shown by Harper in putting this together and publishing it. It's a fine piece of fiction that goes deeper than the genre it follows. Such a superb job and a credit to the 'Pink Bean' series. As usual I look forward to seeing how the series progresses in subsequent books...