Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea

eBook - 2018
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Rocked by tragedy, Annie Marlow returns to the one place she knows she can heal: the cottage by the sea where she spent many happy childhood holidays with her family. There, Annie meets Keaton, a local painter with a big heart; Mellie, the reclusive landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. With them her broken spirit starts to heal. Then events threaten Annie's new idyll. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey and the pull of the haven - and the man - she has come to call home. Will she be able to make her new-found happiness last?
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399181269
0399181261
9780399181252
0399181253
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (334 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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kpgirard
Apr 21, 2019

This was such a sweet story. I didn’t want it to end.

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MB_kcls
Apr 11, 2019

Those of us who read Debbie Macomber always know what we're going to get when we first open the cover of her books, but we don't ever anticipate how wonderfully we are going to get what we know to expect.

The premise of 'Cottage by the Sea' started with a true, horrific and difficult topic, especially to those of us in the Seattle area, the 2014 Oso tragedy and its reverberating effects. I applaud Debbie for tackling it, and tackling it with grace and gentleness. It could not have been easy, just as it was not easy to be reminded of it for those of us so near.

'Cottage by the Sea' is the story of tender hearts guarding themselves fiercely. You will have tears.

5 stars.

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sbeck693
Dec 20, 2018

Hard to put down read about overcoming tragedy, finding fulfillment in a career, community & love life! I fully enjoyed this book.

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bronsson
Nov 26, 2018

Romance.. all ends well.. light easy read.. very unrealistic.

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parkerreidel
Nov 20, 2018

More of the same. Blah, Blah, Blah. Keep hoping she will improve

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hezzie14
Nov 12, 2018

Cottage By the Sea did not disappoint. A lovely story with good, lovable characters and a strong story line. An easy read that was a straight forward story as only Debbie Macolmer can tell.

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joyce7382
Sep 27, 2018

VERY GOOD STORY. I LOVE DEBBIE MACOMBER STORIES. I WAS NEVER DISAPPOINTED.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

3 Stars - I recommend if you like Debbie Macomber, and you don't mind the dramatic ones.

Annie's entire family died in a mudslide, while picking up the pieces of her life, she decides to move to the town that was her "happy place." Oceanside is just as she remembers it from her family vacations, and she begins building a life there. Keaton rarely speaks, a product of his father's abuse. When he meets a girl on the beach and she doesn't shun him, he remembers her forever. Now she's back in Oceanside, and he can't let her get away again. Can Annie and Keaton overcome their troubled pasts and start a future together?

This one is a little bit heavier than some of Macomber's stories, which isn't my favorite variety. I expected it to have heavy bits, but then fall into the sunny, hopeful pattern that her books often do. This one stayed pretty dramatic. This story deals with tragic death, abuse, teen pregnancy, agoraphobia, animal abuse, and hospice. It's not a light book. I was hoping for a bit more levity inbetween the issues, and as the characters overcome them. It felt like one thing after another. This wasn't my favorite Macomber book. I did like the characters, the found family aspect, and the little town of Oceanside. I liked Keaton a lot, it's unusual for Macomber's stories to feature a male lead that isn't super confident. It was kind of a nice change. Overall I can only recommend if you enjoy her more dramatic books.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Aug 26, 2018

Cottage by the Sea was inspired by the landslide in Oso, WA. Annie Marlow was a physician's assistant in California. Her mother desperately wanted her to come home to Seattle to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. Her brother and sister-in-law and their baby Bella would be there.

Annie, however, had plans to celebrate the holiday with her cousin Grace and intended to go home for Christmas instead. Early Thanksgiving morning, a landslide sent dozens of homes into Puget Sound including her parents'. Annie was overwhelmed by survivor's guilt and grief. Her cousin Grace encouraged her to go to her happy place which Annie realized was Oceanside.

Cottage by the Sea is better than most of Debbie Macomber's recent efforts. My sense is that she likely tapped into her own grief caused by her son's suicide a few years ago. She writes with considerable empathy for everyone but women experiencing domestic violence. She clearly has no clue that sometimes it is safer to stay than to leave.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

Debbie Macomber's books are like a Hallmark movie, but we get to understand the character's thoughts & feelings so much more. A young woman experiences an absolutely horrendous life event and goes to a "cottage by the sea" --- where her family went every year during her youth --- to "gather" herself & figure out how to go on & what to do with her life. Through a series of events, situations & much thought --- Annie Marlow --- does find peace & comfort and many new friends.

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