Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 5 Stars
Annie Marlow is wallowing in despair. She has suffered unimaginable loss and can't quite get her life back on track. She is looking for a place that she can call home. She remembers a cottage in a small town which gives her fond memories of her family. She quickly finds a job in the town of Oceanside and manages to rent the very cottage she wants.
The quiet and tender giant Keaton cannot believe his eyes. Years ago, as a teen, he was enamored with beautiful Annie. She is now back in the town of Oceanside. What's more is that she is as kind as he remembered her to be and the two hit it off quite well. She mesmerized him then, and she does even more so now.
Annie was truly waylaid by grief and depression as she lost her family due to a horrible tragedy. She is broken, and can never imagine healing. However, in Oceanside, things begin to change. It seems that she might have found the peace she desperately needs. Hope begins to shine through and it seems possible that Annie can actually heal. During this marvelous revelation, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Keaton. However, things take a sharp turn, threatening what was growing between Annie and Keaton.
The prolific Debbie Macomber has written a slow, warm love story, one that captured my attention right from the very start. This tender romance has fabulous characters that are very easy to like. There is also a secondary story that is developed here. The stories were compelling. I was definitely drawn to the sensitivity in this book, especially where the secondary characters were concerned. As with the previous books that Debbie Macomber has written, this one did not disappoint. I definitely look forward to her next book.
Many thanks to Ballantine Books and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Date of publication: July 17, 2018