Published by Ballantine Books on July 17, 2018
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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.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
Another Hallmark movie for Debbie Macomber? I would hope so. Her most recent release, Cottage by the Sea, is one of her best and certainly deserving of that honor. Far more emotionally involving than many of her books, I was hooked from page one.
Annie Marlow spent many happy childhood days with her family vacationing at a peaceful seaside cottage. She flees there again for comfort after a horrible tragedy leaves her reeling. As she tries to deal with her grief, she meets other local residents, most of whom, like her, are dealing with serious issues in their personal lives and have gone there to try to heal. She forms a special bond with a painter, Keaton, who has spent his life dealing with a dysfunctional family. Can they rescue each other as their relationship flows gently from friendship into romance?
The characters are very strong and well-written in this novel. The two main characters are very believable, and I cried with them as they rode the rollercoaster of emotions. The many secondary characters, all with issues of their own, gave the story a family feel as they helped one another to get through difficult times.
The storyline has as much depth as the characters and was far more complex than a typical Debbie Macomber book. Her books are usually very light-hearted, and while there were light-hearted moments, the overall mood was much darker but with a sense of hope.
Cottage by the Sea is definitely a 5-star read and is suitable for all audiences.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.