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A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. After tragedy strikes, Annie moves in to the summer cottage where her family vacationed when she was a child. Soon Annie finds herself making new friends, even developing a romance with a quiet and mysterious painter. And as she be A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. After tragedy strikes, Annie moves in to the summer cottage where her family vacationed when she was a child. Soon Annie finds herself making new friends, even developing a romance with a quiet and mysterious painter. And as she becomes part of the community, Annie learns that the surest way to heal is by making a difference in the lives of those around her.


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A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. After tragedy strikes, Annie moves in to the summer cottage where her family vacationed when she was a child. Soon Annie finds herself making new friends, even developing a romance with a quiet and mysterious painter. And as she be A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. After tragedy strikes, Annie moves in to the summer cottage where her family vacationed when she was a child. Soon Annie finds herself making new friends, even developing a romance with a quiet and mysterious painter. And as she becomes part of the community, Annie learns that the surest way to heal is by making a difference in the lives of those around her.

30 review for Cottage by the Sea

  1. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4.5 heart Warming Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Debbie Macomber! We’re not on Blossom Street anymore! This book had all the feels... it touched on every single emotion you have! Wow... just wow! I picked up this book expecting a sweet fluffy love story and what I got was so much more... this was a book about loss, heartbreak, friendship, family, second chances, and so much more... at times during this book I was reaching for a tissue and at other times I couldn’t get the big smile off my face... what a beautiful st 4.5 heart Warming Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Debbie Macomber! We’re not on Blossom Street anymore! This book had all the feels... it touched on every single emotion you have! Wow... just wow! I picked up this book expecting a sweet fluffy love story and what I got was so much more... this was a book about loss, heartbreak, friendship, family, second chances, and so much more... at times during this book I was reaching for a tissue and at other times I couldn’t get the big smile off my face... what a beautiful story about resilience and peoples need for one another... Annie has suffered a major tragedy... so to heal her wounded heart she returns to a favorite vacation spot from when she was a kid...Annie was a tremendously likable character and you really felt for her and wanted her heart to heal...Keaton was a big strong insecure man who made you want to reach through the pages to give him a big hug and tell him he is a good person! The relationship between these two was so lovely and so much more than a simple romance... it was a healing love... The secondary characters in the story added even more emotion to this book.... The book touched on some pretty serious subject matter, but it handled it with grace and thought.... I think this is Debbie Macomber’s best book yet! So if you are a fan of this author I cannot encourage you enough to pick this one up and if you have not read anything from her yet... what are you waiting for? This is a book about the power of love, but it is so much more than a romance! The love in this book is not only romantic love, but the love between friends... so as much as I adored the romance between Keaton and Annie, I loved the friendship that bloomed between all these characters in this book! Absolutely recommend... you will want to find your own cottage by the sea💕 *** many thanks to Valentine Books for my copy of this delightful book ***

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 f 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. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 3 out of 5

    Susan

    Cottage by the Sea Debbie Macomber Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Annie after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one he Cottage by the Sea Debbie Macomber Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Annie after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartache a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter. COTTAGE BY THE SEA is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Annie and Keaton and all the secondary characters. Annie is shattered after a family tragedy that leaves her all alone in the world. How will she ever get over her grief? She decides the only place she can be happy is at the cottage her family rented every summer. Maybe she can find the meaning of her life once again. COTTAGE BY THE SEA is a heart tugging story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! COTTAGE BY THE SEA is without a doubt one of the best books I've read in 2018 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Keaton and Annie and for all they were dealing with but Keaton shredded me. He had such a lonely and loveless childhood and no one deserves to grow up like that. His Dad blamed him for his mother leaving them. Who puts that kind of guilt on a child? Debbie Macomber really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that brings me so much joy and happiness to know they are waiting for me! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Awesome story of loss and love. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you pick up a book by a favorite author like Debbie Macomber, you tend to know what you’re going to get. Similar themes and that warm sweet romance that we love. However, this book was something so much more than that. It literally grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go. I feel like I was either crying or smiling throughout the entire story. We all have heartbreak in our life but not the type of heartbreak that this book is Awesome story of loss and love. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you pick up a book by a favorite author like Debbie Macomber, you tend to know what you’re going to get. Similar themes and that warm sweet romance that we love. However, this book was something so much more than that. It literally grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go. I feel like I was either crying or smiling throughout the entire story. We all have heartbreak in our life but not the type of heartbreak that this book is about. However, the author took a deep and highly emotional story and created a main character that was barely living and breathed new life into her. The author also created a big, strong man who could bear the weight of her brokenness and pain and give her strength, love, and caring. And she also gave him the same. The connection these two characters had was amazing. Trust me when I say this book will be difficult to forget. Cottage by the Sea has left a deep impression on me as well as a longing to find my own happiness by the sea. This is definitely a book you will read again and again. Fabulous story. * Copy received for review consideration * Full Review - http://amidlifewife.com/cottage-by-th...

  5. 3 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I absolutely tore through this book and got it all read in one day, which shows how quickly it got and kept my attention. After a devastating tragedy, Annie moves to her childhood family vacation cottage, where she begins to heal. Really all of the characters in the story are scarred by their pasts in one way or another, and this was a sweet story of connection and friendship. The romance was there, certainly, but the several friendships (including the romantic one) were what resonated with me. T I absolutely tore through this book and got it all read in one day, which shows how quickly it got and kept my attention. After a devastating tragedy, Annie moves to her childhood family vacation cottage, where she begins to heal. Really all of the characters in the story are scarred by their pasts in one way or another, and this was a sweet story of connection and friendship. The romance was there, certainly, but the several friendships (including the romantic one) were what resonated with me. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for letting me read this book early. It was just what I needed for a stressful week!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Annie Marlow has lost her entire family in a tragic mudslide that destroyed their home. Rocked by grief and guilt, she is struggling to move on with her life. She returns to the place from her childhood where she felt true happiness, Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest. Her family rented a cottage there during the summer as she was growing up. There she meets some fellow broken souls who quickly find their way into her heart. Together they find, with the support of one another, they can move past Annie Marlow has lost her entire family in a tragic mudslide that destroyed their home. Rocked by grief and guilt, she is struggling to move on with her life. She returns to the place from her childhood where she felt true happiness, Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest. Her family rented a cottage there during the summer as she was growing up. There she meets some fellow broken souls who quickly find their way into her heart. Together they find, with the support of one another, they can move past the challenges of their past, and redefine the meaning of family. In Debbie Macomber's signature style she has once again written a touching, thoughtful story of family, romance and finding hope in new beginnings. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Cottage by the Sea was a great, clean, heart-warming, hometown story with more than one romance. I love how Macomber takes a bunch of emotionally scarred people and brings them together to make a family. Amazing protagnosit! I received this ARC copy of Cottage by the Sea from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Cottage by the Sea is set for July 17, 2018. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: Debbie Macomber Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Ballantine Boo Cottage by the Sea was a great, clean, heart-warming, hometown story with more than one romance. I love how Macomber takes a bunch of emotionally scarred people and brings them together to make a family. Amazing protagnosit! I received this ARC copy of Cottage by the Sea from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Cottage by the Sea is set for July 17, 2018. My Rating: 5 stars Written by: Debbie Macomber Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication Date: July 17, 2018 ISBN-10: 0399181253 ISBN-13: 978-0399181252 Genre: Women's Lit | Family Saga Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cottage-Sea-No... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cott... For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Wow, Debbie Macomber! I just found myself a new favorite author. After a devastating tragedy, Annie moves back to her childhood family vacation home. Where she slowly begins to heal. This book was about loss, heartbreak, friendship, family, second chance and more. I highly recommend this book, it was a wonderful summer read!!!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Dawn Wells

    Great novel about survival, hope, love and healing. The best part of this book is the young woman’s discovery of helping others is how to heal, grow and move on. The romance is a plus.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    My emotions were all over the place with this book. I loved it and I loved the characters so much! I will admit that I shed some tears while reading. I felt that heartbreak and sorrow from these characters. It may be focused more on Annie as the main character, but let me tell you that she is not the only one in this book who has heartbreak or the need for healing. This is one of my favorite books I've read by Debbie Macomber and one I won't be forgetting anytime soon. I think it and the charact My emotions were all over the place with this book. I loved it and I loved the characters so much! I will admit that I shed some tears while reading. I felt that heartbreak and sorrow from these characters. It may be focused more on Annie as the main character, but let me tell you that she is not the only one in this book who has heartbreak or the need for healing. This is one of my favorite books I've read by Debbie Macomber and one I won't be forgetting anytime soon. I think it and the characters will be in my thoughts for a long time. When I saw the setting for this book and the title, I thought, yay a sweet beach read. Many years ago, I lived close by Oceanside, where this book is set. So of course, that and loving this author's books, I had to read it. Let me tell you that I loved reading about this quiet little town. The author did such a great job describing it and the quietness of it during the off season for visitors. The little movie theater, the coffee shop, the doctor's office, the kite store...all places that I'm familiar with. I actually saw one of the Twilight movies on opening night at that movie theater. Ha! Crazy right?! The movie theater where I lived was all sold out and I had debated about going for opening night with my friends until too late to get a ticket. But my friend's family lived in Long Beach/Oceanside and snagged several tickets for us when that movie theater was able to show the movie last minute. It was kind of a big deal too because we weren't that far from Forks, WA. Ok, little tangent there. But all my memories helped connect me to this book. Annie was a beautifully written character. A woman who has everything going for her, and thinks that nothing is coming her way, when suddenly everyone she loves deeply are gone from her life. Trying to survive and not be emotionally overwhelmed is not working. Annie finally remembers a place she loved and has great memories of her family. When she moves to Oceanside, her scars are hidden and she becomes connected to many others who don't hide their scars (figuratively) beneath the surface. I absolutely loved Annie and watching her befriend this group of characters in this book. The slow healing. The connections that come, as well as the small connections from Annie's youth. The older I get, the more I see how interconnected people are (and many times without even realizing it themselves). My husband had a college professor who could make a connection with anyone, within 6 people. It was pretty amazing to see him do that with every and any student. Absolutely amazing. I thought about that a few times while reading this as these characters are returning to each other's lives. I love connections and feel that they are so important. Especially in helping us as individuals in our healing, and we all have many moments when we need to have healing and peace. Without saying too much more because it really would spoil this story, the sweet love story was really just that, sweet. I loved it! Ok, I might keep saying 'I love it,' but it's true. I did, I do! If you are a Debbie Macomber fan, or need a beach read that's a beach read but so much more, grab this gem. And I will recommend tissues. Especially for the beginning of the book. I didn't have any and was riding in the car with tears streaming down my face. I was a mess. Grab it and fall in love with this quiet, quaint little town. And then go visit there if you haven't. Content: Clean. A tragedy, loss of family members, talk about physical abuse and children with bruises/broken bones, a minor character who threatens Annie, and a character who refuses to leave her home. Some kissing and mild innuendos but no sex scenes. I received a copy from the publisher, Ballantine Books, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  11. 3 out of 5

    Madeline ❤️ Romance Bibliophile ❤️

    ♥♥ 4 Healing Stars ♥♥ After unspeakable tragedy, Annie is left reeling and trying to find a way through her grief. She's been barely making it through everyday life for over a year when she decides to get out her haze and find her "happy place". Remembering her childhood vacations to a cottage in a sleepy beach town, she decides to see if she can find meaning in her life again there. Annie insinuates into her new town and slowly ingrains herself into the lives and hearts of those around her.  Whil ♥♥ 4 Healing Stars ♥♥ After unspeakable tragedy, Annie is left reeling and trying to find a way through her grief. She's been barely making it through everyday life for over a year when she decides to get out her haze and find her "happy place". Remembering her childhood vacations to a cottage in a sleepy beach town, she decides to see if she can find meaning in her life again there. Annie insinuates into her new town and slowly ingrains herself into the lives and hearts of those around her.  While this story definitely has romance going on, it's all very PG. I haven't read that much by Ms. Macomber, so I'm not sure if this is part of her writing style or not, but I was really hoping for at least a couple hot sex scenes. I think Keaton had the potential to be a really hot brooding alpha male type guy, but he was much more reserved and gentle than expected. That being said, he still gave me those gooey feelings and was super sexy when he got all protective of Annie. I felt that while the story focused more on Annie's journey to healing more than the romantic development between Annie and Keaton, Annie didn't seem to address her past basically at all. The tragedy is what brought her to the town and allowed her to connect with so many others, but it's not until almost the end of the book that she talks about her past with someone, and it's not even with Keaton! And when Keaton finds out, he's so blasé about it and they don't even talk about what happened. For this to be the whole premise of the book, I felt like it was basically just a sidetone by the end of the book.  Overall, I thought this was a fairly easy and light read (with the exception of the first couple chapters). It's not often that I find myself interested in the lives of the secondary characters, but I found myself almost caring more about the others' development than the main characters'! 

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    Thanks to the publisher for this free review copy! . You all know I read a LOT of steamy romance now, but in my early 20s, I definitely did NOT.....and that was when I stumbled upon and fell in love with Debbie Macomber's work. COTTAGE BY THE SEA is the exact type of romance I inhaled back then and still more than appreciate today ~ sweet, chaste, and clean in all ways. This story has a beautiful setting in a tiny Pacific Northwest beach town and the characters are so refreshingly unique ~ a troub Thanks to the publisher for this free review copy! . You all know I read a LOT of steamy romance now, but in my early 20s, I definitely did NOT.....and that was when I stumbled upon and fell in love with Debbie Macomber's work. COTTAGE BY THE SEA is the exact type of romance I inhaled back then and still more than appreciate today ~ sweet, chaste, and clean in all ways. This story has a beautiful setting in a tiny Pacific Northwest beach town and the characters are so refreshingly unique ~ a troubled male painter of few words, a grief-stricken female physician assistant and a woman afraid to leave her own home. Also, while a traumatic event does start out the book, I promise that this is NOT the focus of the story beyond showing a strong female overcoming grief. . If you are looking for an inspirational (but not overtly Christian) love story, definitely consider picking one up sooner than later. And if you haven't read her work before, please also try out the Blossom Street series ~ that's my favorite!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    Debbie Macomber does such a wonderful job at capturing human emotions. This book tackles grief, and what it’s like to lose those closest to you in the blink of an eye. It deal with regret, and what it’s like to live with the what if’s and ‘I should’ve been theres’ You experience anger caused by seeing someone innocent grapple with abuse. So many things take place in this book and you see these wonderful, realistic characters navigate these tough situations. The romance in this story is one of my Debbie Macomber does such a wonderful job at capturing human emotions. This book tackles grief, and what it’s like to lose those closest to you in the blink of an eye. It deal with regret, and what it’s like to live with the what if’s and ‘I should’ve been theres’ You experience anger caused by seeing someone innocent grapple with abuse. So many things take place in this book and you see these wonderful, realistic characters navigate these tough situations. The romance in this story is one of my new favorites by her. Such a well written story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    A fun contemporary romance with engaging characters. A villain stuck in the middle. Any other author and there would have been more drama and trouble with the abusive stepfather. But Debbie sweetly and conveniently has him exit stage left. This book was inspired by the Oso landslide tragedy. Debbie was wondering what it is like for those left behind after a large tragedy like that. How do you move on?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    A summer read, a beach read, a cozy up in the fall read – depending on when you read it, this fits all of those categories. Debbie Macomber has taken inspiration from a very real tragedy that is still in the memory of many in the Pacific Northwest, myself included, and crafted the story of a woman’s struggle to go on after losing her entire family in a devastating landslide that occurred in Washington state. This is a story that deals with profound grief, where Annie Marlow returns to the only pl A summer read, a beach read, a cozy up in the fall read – depending on when you read it, this fits all of those categories. Debbie Macomber has taken inspiration from a very real tragedy that is still in the memory of many in the Pacific Northwest, myself included, and crafted the story of a woman’s struggle to go on after losing her entire family in a devastating landslide that occurred in Washington state. This is a story that deals with profound grief, where Annie Marlow returns to the only place she feels at peace and works to build a new life there. It is also about the lives of those her presence impacts, particularly Keaton, the local painter who irrevocably fell for her at a distance one summer long ago. While this is ultimately a hopeful story, it does deal with deep sadness and the negative affects of past trauma on Annie, Keaton, and other characters important to them. It does not delve or dwell too deeply, however, and the reader easily dismisses any fleeting thoughts of unlikeliness in the convergence of these characters and events. This is a sweet, clean, and lovely contemporary romance that captures the feel of a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest. It is easy to see why Debbie Macomber has loyal readers, and I am pleased to have finally given this “local” author a try. 3.5 stars This review refers to a paperback Uncorrected Advanced Reader Copy won in a GoodReads giveaway, courtesy of the publisher. Reviews are strongly recommended, but not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Houston

    I had been so looking forward to reading this book. The description and cover made me desperate to read it. It started off well and I was really enjoying it but it quickly became mundane and hard to read. This kind of book puts me off reading. Typical romance boy falls out with girl and won’t speak to her. Sadly I didn’t enjoy as much as anticipated

  17. 3 out of 5

    Dave

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. Unfortunately, there never came a time where I was able to truly connect with the characters and their emotions. The premise of this story and the real-life events it is based upon drew me in immediately. It was gut-wrenching from the start, but that emotion slowly leaked from my heart as the characters in Oceanside were presented to me. I appreciate the struggles and history of characters like Keaton and Mellie, but his clipped conversation and her brusqu I wanted to like this book, I really did. Unfortunately, there never came a time where I was able to truly connect with the characters and their emotions. The premise of this story and the real-life events it is based upon drew me in immediately. It was gut-wrenching from the start, but that emotion slowly leaked from my heart as the characters in Oceanside were presented to me. I appreciate the struggles and history of characters like Keaton and Mellie, but his clipped conversation and her brusque tone left me... disconnected. The manner in which events were detailed in one paragraph, and then repeated almost verbatim in subsequent paragraphs and chapters began to weigh on my patience as a reader. I fully accept responsibility for this dislike, as I am obviously in the minority based upon the landslide of positive 5-star reviews for this novel. Told from a 3rd person point of view didn't help the forming of my opinion as I've grown accustomed to and enjoy the more intimate storytelling from a 1st person perspective. Ironically, the person I connected with (but didn't necessarily like) the most was Keaton's father. His character flaw was real and understandable. It showed his human side with a rawness that was genuine. I empathized with what he felt, even if it was unreasonable, cruel, and unjust to Keaton. The most important part of a book for me is connecting with the main characters and feeling what they do in a relatable and realistic way. I wish I could have accomplished that with Annie, Keaton, Mellie, and Preston. Unfortunately, that never occurred for me. But, this is why there are so many books in the world. There is a book out there for everyone, one that will impact them in a positive and inspiring way. I hope this book is that to many, it just wasn't that one for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    An extremely benign, wholesome, superficial, lacking in conflict lifetime movie. I can’t tell if it’s 1 or 2 stars. Was it ok? Probably. Though, there are other books that I’ve given two stars that I enjoyed more. One side character (male) calls women girls constantly. Another character has serious PTSD from childhood—a situation was alluded to that was never discussed again. It may have explained things, but oh well. Might as well drop that thread since it might cause the book to have real conf An extremely benign, wholesome, superficial, lacking in conflict lifetime movie. I can’t tell if it’s 1 or 2 stars. Was it ok? Probably. Though, there are other books that I’ve given two stars that I enjoyed more. One side character (male) calls women girls constantly. Another character has serious PTSD from childhood—a situation was alluded to that was never discussed again. It may have explained things, but oh well. Might as well drop that thread since it might cause the book to have real conflict as opposed to pretend conflict. It was difficult to read the last 20%.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Jamie Holzberg / Fluff Smut & Murder

    Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. A Debbie Macomber book is like the hug you receive from an old friend – familiar, comforting, and welcome. You know you’re not going to get any amazing plot twists, no heart pounding drama, no sex. You usually also get a little creative plot and you know everything will work out in the end. What I loved: Without giving away too much of the plot – I think the idea of an ope Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. A Debbie Macomber book is like the hug you receive from an old friend – familiar, comforting, and welcome. You know you’re not going to get any amazing plot twists, no heart pounding drama, no sex. You usually also get a little creative plot and you know everything will work out in the end. What I loved: Without giving away too much of the plot – I think the idea of an open adoption is a beautiful thing if that works for everyone involved. What I didn’t love: Seriously? A mudslide? On a holiday? Wiping out the ENTIRE family??? It seems like a bit of an unreal stretch to find something dramatic to spurn Annie back to Oceanside. I would have also liked more from Keaton’s point of view? He is almost too intense of a character the way he is written – almost stalkerish. And a recipe for those brownies would have been a great touch! What I learned: Some books are just there for an easy, peaceful reading ride. Overall Grade: B- www.FluffSmutandMurder.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A Day with Debbie Macomber at a Venue in Orlando. There were door prizes and I was lucky to win one of them. In the bag was a hank of Universal yarn, a container of The Republic of Tea, a jigsaw puzzle that will be on the market next year, an ARC of her latest book, Cottage By The Sea. Which I just finished reading yesterday. This book took me by surprise! It was so good, I could not put it down. Debbie has another chance to make a series out of this book. And she will probably have a Hallmark M A Day with Debbie Macomber at a Venue in Orlando. There were door prizes and I was lucky to win one of them. In the bag was a hank of Universal yarn, a container of The Republic of Tea, a jigsaw puzzle that will be on the market next year, an ARC of her latest book, Cottage By The Sea. Which I just finished reading yesterday. This book took me by surprise! It was so good, I could not put it down. Debbie has another chance to make a series out of this book. And she will probably have a Hallmark Movie with this one! I can't give too much of it away, because it would ruin the story for everyone who wants to read it. Annie is looking for a happy place to make herself feel better after a very sad event happens to her. She finds Keaton who adores her and helps her with everything she wants to do. All I can say is this story is the best one so far that I have read from Debbie. She has out done herself on this one. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I received a free kindle copy from Net Galley for my honest review. A heartwarming story of loss and trying to cope with a terrible tragedy. An emotional read. The strory will touch your heart from the very beginning.

  22. 3 out of 5

    DeAnn

    3.5 stars on this quaint romance story from Debbie Macomber I feel like I know what I'm going to get on a story from Debbie Macomber. Full of interesting characters, slightly predictable storyline, but a nice relaxing and enjoyable read nonetheless. This one follows Annie after a terrible family tragedy. She returns to the beach cottage her family used to stay at growing up to try to heal. She makes friends and falls in love and puts her life back together.

  23. 3 out of 5

    Ann

    This is absolutely a wonderful Debbie Macomber story. I think I would have known it was her book without even seeing her name on the cover. Fans will adore this story of Keaton and Annie and there is a bonus romance between Mellie and Preston. Of course no life is perfect and Annie has several trials to face in her story from death to witnessing child and animal abuse . The story could not be more refreshing and easy to read. This would be a wonderful book to gift to a new romance reader. I rece This is absolutely a wonderful Debbie Macomber story. I think I would have known it was her book without even seeing her name on the cover. Fans will adore this story of Keaton and Annie and there is a bonus romance between Mellie and Preston. Of course no life is perfect and Annie has several trials to face in her story from death to witnessing child and animal abuse . The story could not be more refreshing and easy to read. This would be a wonderful book to gift to a new romance reader. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest reviwe.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Jackie Lane

    This is an author that never disappoints me. She puts so much into her character development and storyline. This one is no exception. Cottage by the Sea is filled with heart, heartache, characters you fall in love with as well as making you feel you are part of the community. If you could only go back in time before everything you believed is taken away. This book grabbed me from the start with 2 different events; one happy and the other tragic. Annie's mother wants her to go home for Thanksgiving, This is an author that never disappoints me. She puts so much into her character development and storyline. This one is no exception. Cottage by the Sea is filled with heart, heartache, characters you fall in love with as well as making you feel you are part of the community. If you could only go back in time before everything you believed is taken away. This book grabbed me from the start with 2 different events; one happy and the other tragic. Annie's mother wants her to go home for Thanksgiving, but she has plans and says she will see her family at Christmas. Only that is not the case. Annie falls apart after tragedy strikes. She ends up going to where she had the best family memories and meets Keaton (even though they had met years ago). Everyone in the small town is afraid of Keaton, but not Annie, she forms a friendship/bond with him. Taking a temporary job, she and Keaton (along with a cast of other oddballs) form an attachment and they need to decide if they can live without one another and of course a number of incidents make it impossible to continue their relationship, but are they strong enough to pull it out in the end and find their HEA? 5 stars!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This was a fantastic book. I read it in one sitting and Hated to see it come to and end. I can not wait for the next book by Debbie. She is one a handful of authors that I can read now.

  26. 3 out of 5

    Donna

    This book is currently #4 on the New York Times bestseller list. Debbie Macomber is known for her heartwarming tales where love always prevails. I can't read dark books all the time and have to tuck into a lighter fare every once in a while. This one had me skimming some pages but I liked the parts about rescuing animals and working the animal shelter.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Annie has been through a traumatic event were she loses her parents, brother,his wife and their child. Anyone who has been through a traumatic experience can understand how hard it is to find peace and move on. Annie needs to find her peace and move on after such a great lose. Her cousin suggests she find her Happy Place. When she thinks of her “Happy Place” it takes her back to the place her Family would vacation at every summer. A place called Oceanside where they would have a week that was ca Annie has been through a traumatic event were she loses her parents, brother,his wife and their child. Anyone who has been through a traumatic experience can understand how hard it is to find peace and move on. Annie needs to find her peace and move on after such a great lose. Her cousin suggests she find her Happy Place. When she thinks of her “Happy Place” it takes her back to the place her Family would vacation at every summer. A place called Oceanside where they would have a week that was care free. She decides she needs to go to there to visit. While she visits there it gives her such great peace that she decides should move there. She ends up finding people that need her as much as she needs them. She is able to move on with her life and finds Love with someone who has loved her for so long. It was a very enjoyable book. It is feel with so much emotion. I had a hard time putting it down and when I did I couldn’t wait to get back to it. *Very Clean read, mild kissing* {I received this book from Netgalley in return for my honest opinion}

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    Debbie Macomber has touched the hearts of so many over the years, me included. Cottage by the Sea is a special story of love and family, not of blood but of relationships. Annie Marlow thought her life was over when her whole family was lost when the family home was swept away by a mudslide. She was especially devastated because her mom had begged her to go home for Thanksgiving but Annie had made other plans. Thanksgiving morning, a mudslide took her mother, father, brother, sister-in-law and b Debbie Macomber has touched the hearts of so many over the years, me included. Cottage by the Sea is a special story of love and family, not of blood but of relationships. Annie Marlow thought her life was over when her whole family was lost when the family home was swept away by a mudslide. She was especially devastated because her mom had begged her to go home for Thanksgiving but Annie had made other plans. Thanksgiving morning, a mudslide took her mother, father, brother, sister-in-law and baby niece. She quit her job as physician's assistant in Los Angeles to return home to Seattle to deal with business matters. After sixteen months, still in limbo, she went to the beach town of Oceanside, Washington to recapture happy memories where her family would spend a week each summer for several years. She decided to move there and took a job at a family clinic working as a PA. Through some finagling, she is able to rent the same cottage as her family. The couple that owned it have passed on and their granddaughter lives there but is living as a recluse because of bad decisions that she made when she left home for many years. Mellie feels that she let her grandparents down. She hasn't stepped outside in five years. Keaton has always been "odd" because of his size and his lack of talking to people but he has a way of helping others and animals that are injured. He and Annie form an unusual friendship. His best friend, Preston, is also somewhat different. Mellie, Keaton and Preston grew up together and are now friends but each of them have issues to hinder them from having a normal life. Annie's aunt and cousin as well as a couple friends worry about her but she quickly settles down in the small town and is finally getting past her depression. Reaching out to help others helps her to center her life as does making a home for herself. She is drawn to Keaton but their relationship takes patience because of his quietness and reluctance to interact. This story is one of love that overcomes and finding out what constitutes a family-one of friendship and love. It is a beautiful story of making a new beginning and new traditions with some faith threaded through it in a subtle way. I received a complimentary copy from the author and Ballentine Books through NetGalley to read and review. The thoughts expressed are mine only.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Mary

    Review galley courtesy of Ballantine and NetGalley. Cottage By The Sea is Debbie Macomber’s new stand alone novel. Following a tragedy Annie Marlow is faced with starting her life over. She returns to the little beach town where her family vacationed when she was young. It is a way to connect to everything she has missed from her past and soon becomes a way to create her future. With the help of new friends, all with issues of their own, that’s exactly what she does. The novel deals with some ser Review galley courtesy of Ballantine and NetGalley. Cottage By The Sea is Debbie Macomber’s new stand alone novel. Following a tragedy Annie Marlow is faced with starting her life over. She returns to the little beach town where her family vacationed when she was young. It is a way to connect to everything she has missed from her past and soon becomes a way to create her future. With the help of new friends, all with issues of their own, that’s exactly what she does. The novel deals with some serious themes such as loss of loved ones, domestic abuse, and hoarding. Macomber conveys the emotions without getting too heavy which is what I’ve come to expect from her.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Lori Boyd

    Totally enjoyable read. Lovable and flawed characters. Misfits that fit together well. Book is just in time for summer, feel good weather. Annie has dreams and a great group of close friends. As a typical 20-something, she doesn’t necessarily appreciate what she has till it’s gone. Shocking turn of events, leads her back to her happy place and a lovable, cast of characters. Macomber doing what she does best. Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for this ARC. All opinions are mine.

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