Friday, August 26, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Little House by the Sea


The cottage gate swings open to reveal the inky-blue sea and the sandy cove beyond. It’s exactly how Kitty imagined it, except she didn’t expect to be standing here alone…

Thirty-year-old Kitty Roberts spends her days searching for the perfect home for two… until her boyfriend, the only man she’s ever loved, dumps her. Devastated to lose not only her first love but her best friend too, she flees to the tiny seaside village where she spent carefree summers as a child, before her family fell apart.

At first, Kitty’s escape proves to be exactly what she needs – golden sunsets over warm, sandy beaches, lovably eccentric new neighbours and even a blush-inducing run-in with 
Cory Hudson, a handsome, professional surfer with a heart-stopping smile.

But just as Kitty feels herself beginning to heal and allows herself to open up to Cory, he reveals that his time in the seaside village is nearly up. What’s more, some surprising reactions to Kitty in town make her wonder if her connection to this place might go deeper than she thought.

It seems there’s a secret in her family’s past that is about to turn Kitty’s life on its head once more… 
Is she ready for the truth? And will it bring her and Cory closer together, or drive them apart?

A page-turning story that will make you smile, laugh and wish you could visit the little cottage by the sea! Absolutely perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Heidi Swain and Carole Matthews.



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Title:   The Little House by the Sea
Author:  Tracy Rees
Series:  Pennystrand Village Book One
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women’s Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:  277  
Date of Publication:   August 24, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars  

Kitty Roberts has been searching for the perfect house for her and her boyfriend Mitch. Arriving home after a long day of househunting, Kitty walks into their apartment and finds him in the arms of another woman. He quickly dumps her and she suddenly is facing some difficult decisions.

For starters, she does not think she wants to renew her current lease nor will she continue to look for a house. Furthermore, she ends up getting fired from a job that was beginning to show promise. What will she do? She wonders if perhaps she will take her sister Cooper’s offer to go stay with her or whether she might do something entirely different. Their parents divorced years ago and Cooper has always been her closest confidant and friend. Kitty seeks the advice of a spiritualist and that leads her to Wales to a small village of Pennystrand.

Kitty and her family vacationed at the lovely little village when she was a child, and she remembers how beautiful the location was. She takes on a six-month lease of a furnished department, which should give her enough time to make her life choices over again. One of the first things Kitty does is she does look for friends. Meeting a young mother leads her to getting a job, a job that ends up bringing her quite a bit of joy. She also meets a local surfer and named Cory and the two hit it off.

Things are not completely agreeable, however. Parts of Kitty‘s past are beginning to reveal secrets that have been hidden for years and this could prove to be her undoing. Hopefully, she can get to the bottom of things while trying to decide on her future.

From a delightful setting, to an enjoyable story with warm and personable characters, this book is the perfect beginning for what promises to be quite an endearing series.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Tracy Rees was the winner of the Richard and Judy 'Search for a Bestseller' Competition and her books are paperback, ebook and audio bestsellers. A Cambridge graduate, she had a successful eight-year career in nonfiction publishing and a second career practising and teaching humanistic counselling before becoming a writer. She lives in Wales.

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