Honey in the Marrow by Emily Waters

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Author: Emily Waters


An enemies-to-friends-to-lovers lesbian romance about finding heart, hope, and second chances you never thought you’d have.

Stella Carter is a former criminal prosecutor and new widow facing down middle age alone in Los Angeles. Without being a prestigious lawyer and someone’s wife, she’s not sure who she is anymore or where her life is headed.

When she invites her niece to move in with her, Stella accidentally reconnects with her former colleague, LAPD Captain Elizabeth Murphy. The woman is beautiful but cold; someone she was always at odds with on the job.

Surprisingly, Stella finds herself leaning on her niece and Elizabeth more and more to navigate her loss. But as time goes on, Stella can’t keep seeing Elizabeth and pretending she’s not attracted to her. Besides, there’s absolutely no way Elizabeth feels the same way. Is there?

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Publication Date

October 2022


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78,000 words




978-3-96324-725-5 (ebook), 978-3-96324-726-2 (pdf)


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7 reviews for Honey in the Marrow by Emily Waters

  1. Karola


    ***free ARC
    The whole story is somewhat beautiful. After the loss of her husband, Stella is in a downward spiral. Nothing is lifting her spirits up. Thanks to her niece who moved in with her, she has something like a regular life again. But why must her niece be in contact with Elizabeth, even be friends with her? She and Elizabeth aren‘t on good speaking terms, she even thinks they dislike each other. But Elizabeth is nothing but nice and helpful. It takes some time until Stella realizes that she has to change her way of thinking and living. With the help of friends and family she finds her way out of that black hole and starts living again, up to the fullest.
    Some parts of this book are a little depressing, but in the end it‘s ok and it really is a part of the journey.

  2. Sagacious Sapphic


    Middle Age | Coming Out | Slow Burn | Grief | Enemies to Lovers | Cops/Lawyers

    Stella is grieving the traumatic loss of her husband. She’s middle aged, lives alone, and can’t get out of bed before afternoon most days. Her complicated feelings about her late husband leave a trail of grief, guilt, and anger everywhere she goes. She cannot understand why anyone would choose to spend time with her or be around. She feels burdensome and like she should just be okay. Throughout the story I find Stella relatable, infuriating, frustrating, and fearful. It’s hard to trust anyone when your life has been shaken to the core.

    Liz Murphy, a former colleague of Stella, just keeps showing up. At first Stella cannot really understand why. It takes a lot of patient intervention by Stella’s niece to get her to see the truth. Liz is divorced, with grown children, and lonely. She works a difficult job with the LAPD and doesn’t have any personal relationships with people who understand the demands, stressors, and traumas of her job. She knows Stella is struggling and just wants to help and feel close to her. Liz is unbelievably patient with Stella, and holds on to hope for as long as she can.

    Liz knows what she wants, but she’s afraid to push Stella too hard and scare her away.

    Stella figures out why she’s always been drawn to Captain Murphy, but she doesn’t want to lose her friendship by asking for more.

    The story is simple in action, complex in emotion, and lets the reader linger in the MCs feelings.

    Stella’s niece Addie plays a significant role in this story and I love her story line. I absolutely want to read a spinoff that gives us more of Addie’s story. She moves in with her Aunt Stella in Los Angeles leaving behind her small town family. Addie has a couple secrets of her own though, and I loved how her life intertwined with our MCs.

    I was provided an advanced reader copy by Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  3. CE Cline

    (verified owner):

    A stunning later in life coming out story with a protagonist you grieve with, cheer for, and want to shake by the shoulders. Read it in a day because I couldn’t put in down. Looking forward to the forthcoming novels from Waters because this was an exceptional debut.

  4. Ana Leamaro


    ***free ARC
    Mental Health is a real issue and a more frequent problem that keeps being underestimated. So I had some expectations regarding this book but I was disappointed. It’s a confusing and in my opinion only skin deep when talking about depression. Why was she depressed? At the beginning we thought it was because she lost her husband, but then we realized that she didn’t love him, he was not a nice guy and they were unhappy. When we reach the end of the story we finally realize the depression comes from the fact that she wasn’t happy all her life because she didn’t accept her sexual orientation and always took the easiest road. So this was in fact an existential crises triggered by her husband’s death but not because of it.
    The narrative is confusing, it jumps from one idea to the other and at some point you can’t even empathize with Stella because you’re wondering why is she depressed? And is she depressed or just lazy? The book becomes boring and uninteresting. 3 stars for the effort.

  5. GrizzlyPiranha


    I had an unintentional streak of reading debut authors, and this one absolutely blew me away. I LOVE the perspective this gave on therapy and loss. You felt like you were going through Stella’s emotions every step of the way. I cannot wait to see what else this author writes.

  6. Lisa Maas

    (verified owner):

    I loved this book. Beautifully written, fully fleshed out complicated characters, and a moving journey through grief. Slow burn, age gap: sign me up! I’ve read it twice.

  7. Nia


    This book hit me unexpectedly deeply and made a huge impression!
    I didn’t know anything about it, except that a lot of people thought it was great.
    I didn’t know anything specific about the story, just that grief was part of it all.
    All I can say is, Wow!
    It’s hard, but also so full of depth and love.
    It’s, at least I think, a pretty realistic picture of depression coupled with grief.
    Stella’s grief for her late husband is not entirely clear at first.
    You know she is grieving and is in a phase of self-abandonment.
    Everything slowly becomes clearer as something new emerges. But it takes time!
    Starting with her wonderful niece Addie (such a sweet character, I love her).
    She moves in with her aunt, because she is taking a year off from school and wants to support her.
    Both are and have always been very close!
    This is how Stella comes back into contact with her former nemesis, Elizabeth Murphy.
    The woman, her former captain, who even back then made everything inside her shudder, and not necessarily in a good way.
    The person with whom she clashed the most. This woman, of all people, wants to help her? None of this makes any sense to Stella, but Addie is very convincing.
    Why is Elizabeth so stubborn and so patient with her?
    And what’s that buzzing under her skin, whenever Elizabeth is with her?
    That was a slightly different love story, but nonetheless a love story that will stay with me for a while. The story of Stella and Elizabeth is simply touching and beautiful!
    Thanks to the Author and Ylva Publishing for this ARC!

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