Cottage by the Sea
|August 3, 2018||Posted by admin under Fiction, Romance, Women|
Written by Debbie Macomber
Published by Ballantine Books
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: July 2018
Reviewed posted on: August 3, 2018
Annie is a young woman in the prime of her life — great job, friends, and social life — when tragedy strikes. In an instant, she looses her entire family and is left broken and alone. Consumed with sadness and survivor’s guilt, she struggles to find a way to live without the ones she loved so much. To help console her, Annie’s cousin suggests that she find her “happy place”. This one little sentence leads Annie back to Oceanside and to the cottage by the sea — a place her family vacationed many times in her childhood; a place her family loved; a place once filled with joy and laughter. It is there, in that little cottage in that small town, Annie begins to heal.
This story has some sadness and there is no pleasure in reading about loss, but following Annie as she deals with her grief and learns how to breathe again is inspiring. You know she will never be the same but you will root for her. You will want her to find happiness again. And you will want that burden of grief to be lifted from her shoulders. You will like Annie. She is the all-American girl — with looks, smarts and a kind personality. Working as a physician’s assistant in that small town and building meaningful friendships in her ‘new’ home gives her purpose again. And as she begins helping others in the clinic and in the community (including a few animal rescue missions), she learns to finally help herself. The losses she experienced in her young adult life and some of the challenges she encountered in Oceanside lead Annie to a life she was meant to live in her forever-changed world.
Annie may have had a long road toward true healing, but my time with this book didn’t feel long. At 334 pages, they just seemed to flip themselves. I always love Debbie Macomber’s books and Cottage by the Sea has become one of my favourites. It is that story that will capture your heart and make you believe in destiny and happy endings.
Take this book to the beach, to the park, or to your own cottage by the sea and get swept into Annie’s world and the quaint seaside town of Oceanside where the descriptive scenery may remind you of childhood summers and the characters will feel like old neighbours and friends.
For more information about this book, visit the publisher’s website here.