Title: Cottage by the Sea
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Page Count: 352
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
A seaside town helps one young woman reclaim the light after darkness in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager.
Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart—and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer.
Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven—and the man—she’s come to call home.
In this heartwarming tale, Annie finds that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.
Debbie Macomber has quickly become for me an author that when picking up one of her books I have some pretty high expectations having enjoyed the previous titles I’ve read. Thankfully when finished with this new novel I can say that she completely met all my expectations and gave me a bit more.
Cottage by the Sea begins by introducing Annie Marlow as young and carefree with a bright future ahead of her. But for Annie things come crashing down in her world when she gets some devastating news and finding her way out of the despair seems like an impossible task.
Taking some advice from a friend Annie begins the task of picking herself back up by finding someplace that once made her happy. This triggers the move from California to the Pacific Northwest to a place that her family had once visited with the intention of trying to bring back those memories.
The ups and downs in Cottage by the Sea are safely categorized as an emotional roller coaster ride that readers may want to have some tissues handy. The book falls in the contemporary romance genre but it certainly isn’t your typical two beautiful singles meeting and falling in love cookie cutter read. Instead what you find within the pages are characters that mirror real people with real problems and the struggles to overcome them.
Not only are grief and tragedy addressed but so many other issues with not only the main character but many other secondary characters and the small town charm begins to work it’s magic and bring everyone together to build their strength and bonds to last a lifetime. A beautiful story that is sure to capture readers hearts.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Debbie Macomber, the author of Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.