Friday 17 August 2018

Blog Tour ~ Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber

Jaffareadstoo is excited to be hosting today's stop on the Cottage by the Sea Blog Tour

Arrow Publishing
9 August 2018

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book and the invitation to be part of this blog tour 

What's it all about..

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?

What did I think about it..

When Annie Marlow suffers a personal tragedy she returns to the place where she spent happy summers with her family. Hiring the cottage by the sea helps to heal the wounds which threaten to engulf her and with a new job and making new friends, Annie starts to feel hopeful again. However, the future is a scary place, and Annie needs to start to trust again before her heart can heal.

This is a lovely entertaining read which looks at the dynamics of family and friendship and shows that friends really are the family we choose for ourselves. Annie's interaction with the people who call the small seaside resort of Oceanside home makes for a quietly thoughtful story, which is reflected in Annie's burgeoning relationship with gentle giant, Keaton, and of her lively encounters with  Millie, her belligerent and, somewhat eccentric, landlord.

This is the type of story which this author does so well and Cottage by the Sea is up there with the best of its genre, which, it must be said, Debbie Macomber has, over the years, made her own. Throughout the whole of the story I found that I was smiling at the gentle way everything is allowed to unfold with quiet emphasis on observation and gentle humour.

There is much to enjoy in Cottage by the Sea as it's a lovely read, which is just perfect for a lazy afternoon in the garden. I found myself racing through the story, quite engrossed in life at Oceanside and completely at ease with the characters who make this story rather special.

Debbie Macomber is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers. In addition to fiction, Debbie has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books. The beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on US cable TV when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark has also produced many successful films based on Debbie’s bestselling Christmas novels. Debbie Macomber owns her own tea room, and a yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida. 

Twitter @debbiemacomber #CottageByTheSea



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