Monday, July 22, 2019

Review - The Cottage on Rose Lane

Title:   The Cottage on Rose Lane
Author:  Hope Ramsay
Series:  Moonlight Bay #1
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   Forever
Format:  Print ARC
No. of Pages:  416
Date of Publication:  December 4, 2018
My Rating:  4 Stars

Jenna Fossey's life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor. 

Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea - at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her - especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he's come to think of as his own?

Includes the bonus story "A Wedding on Lavender Hill" by Annie Rains!
When an event planner is asked to create the perfect wedding in just three days, she must turn to the last person she wants to ask for help - the infuriating owner of the house on the hilltop.


Not only has Jenna Fossey received an unexpected inheritance, she wants to know more about her relatives and now seems the best time for her to learn about them. However, she is more than a bit distracted when she heads to the town of Magnolia Harbor, primarily because she takes one look at a sailing instructor, and she cannot take his eyes off of him. But she has questions about her family, so she must have some sort of focus.

Jude St. Pierre absolutely loves the open water. Whether he is sailing for enjoyment, racing, or teaching, he is happiest when at sea. When he meets Jenna, after struggling to peel his eyes off of her, he is rather surprised when she asks him for sailing lessons. He agrees to teach her, but is rather annoyed with himself at how strongly attracted he is.

Jude discovers Jenna's true purpose for coming to his town. He knows he can help her but is reluctant to do so. He worries that if she discovers what she is seeking that he himself could possibly have a lot to lose.

The Cottage on Rose Lane is the first book in a new series and it is a very good start. Both main characters are a delight and this made for very pleasant reading. I enjoyed the diversity that exists between Jude and Jenna as well. That was a nice addition to this story. This is my second read by Hope Ramsay and I look forward to reading more by her, including the next book of the series, Summer on Moonlight Bay.

Many thanks to Forever for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances, set below the Mason-Dixon Line.  She’s inspired by her husband of forty years, a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes.  She has two grown children, a demanding lap cat named Simba who was born in Uganda, and a precious Cockapoo puppy named Daisy.  She lives in Virginia where, when she’s not writing, she’s knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.