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Title:
Cottage by the sea : a novel
ISBN:
9780525631774
Edition:
First large print edition.
Publication:
New York : Random House Large Print, [2018]
Physical Description:
459 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Summary:
Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager. Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart, and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer. Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven -- and the man -- she's come to call home.
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Macomber, D.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A seaside town helps one young woman reclaim the light after darkness in an uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

"Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read--one of Macomber's best."-- Kirkus Reviews

Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager.

Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart--and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer.

Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven--and the man--she's come to call home.

In this heartwarming tale, Annie finds that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.

Praise for Cottage by the Sea

"Macomber never disappoints. Tears and laughter abound in this story of loss and healing that will wrap you up and pull you in; readers will finish it in one sitting." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Macomber's story of tragedy and triumph is emotionally engaging from the outset and ends with a satisfying conclusion. Readers will be most taken by the characters, particularly Annie, a heartwarming lead who bolsters the novel." -- Publishers Weekly


Author Notes

Debbie Macomber was born on October 22, 1948 in Yakima, Washington. Her first novel, Heartsong, was published in 1984 and became the first romance novel ever to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly. She has written more than 150 novels including Between Friends, Family Affair, Starry Night, Last One Home, Mr. Miracle, Merry and Bright, the Blossom Street series, the Cedar Cove series, and the Rose Harbor series. She received Romantic Times Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Macomber's vivid standalone novel focuses on a tragedy that changes one woman's life. When Annie Marlow loses her parents, brother, sister-in-law, and niece in a mudslide in Washington State, the guilt and pain she feels is almost unbearable. After leaving her job as a physician assistant in L.A., Annie returns to Seattle to help settle her family's estate. Sixteen months later, Annie is still unable to move forward. Finally, she decides to move to Oceanside, the seaside town where she had vacationed with her family. Annie is hired by the town's clinic and meets Seth Keaton, a gentle giant of a man who is a talented artist. Seth convinces his friend Mellie to lease Annie her grandparents' cottage, fulfilling Annie's dream of returning. Annie becomes invested in Oceanside, helping the town's residents and embarking on a relationship with the kind, laconic Seth. When faced with the possibility of attending tuition-free medical school in Seattle, Annie must decide whether to leave Oceanside and Seth behind for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Macomber's story of tragedy and triumph is emotionally engaging from the outset and ends with a satisfying conclusion. Readers will be most taken by the characters, particularly Annie, a heartwarming lead who bolsters the novel. Agent: Theresa Park, Park Literary & Media. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

A lonely woman finds love in a charming seaside town in Macomber's (Merry and Bright, 2017, etc.) latest.After losing her parents, brother, sister-in-law, and baby niece in a tragic mudslide, Annie Marlow returns to her beloved cottage by the sea in Oceanside, Washington, to find solaceand begins a whole new life. Soon after arriving, she sees an opening for a physician assistant, the job she held before going on bereavement leave. She's also reunited with painter Seth Keaton, the gentle giant who had a crush on her years ago but was too shy to ask her out. Although Keaton is best known for his intimidating size, he is also soft-spoken and altruistic. In his spare time, he rescues abandoned pets, looks after Annie's curmudgeonly landlord, Mellie, and helps Annie weed her garden. At first, their slow, sweet courtship simmers in the background of Annie's other pursuits. Like other Macomber heroines, Annie is endearingly helpful. She quickly becomes the "Dear Abby of Oceanside" as she befriends a pregnant teen, an abused mother, and an anxious patient. With its colorful locals, ocean breezes, and laid-back lifestyle, Oceanside does seem like a dreamy place to call home. But when an unexpected career opportunity in Seattle beckons Annie away from the community she's grown to love, Keaton must confront his childhood insecurities and tell her how he feelsor risk losing her forever.Romantic, warm, and a breeze to readone of Macomber's best. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Perennially popular Macomber's (Any Dream Will Do, 2017) latest begins with tenderhearted giant Keaton falling in love with a girl on the beach. Years later, Annie Marlow moves to Oceanside, Washington, following a devastating landslide that wiped out her entire family. She sees beyond Keaton's crippling shyness to his good heart, but she's not ready to open hers. Instead, she looks for what she last found on a family vacation in Oceanside: peace. Yet she can't help but get involved in the lives of her agoraphobic landlord, the lovably grumpy Melody, and Britt, a young barista who shows up at Oceanside's tiny medical clinic. Keaton and his dog, Lennon, are a constant presence, coming to Annie's rescue, and the rescue of others, when needed most. Though Keaton is terrified of losing Annie, he is more angry at her for meddling with his dying father. In addition to Macomber's usual legions of readers, occasional mentions of the comforts of church and prayer make this a good crossover for Christian fiction fans. And readers looking for a gentle, sweet beach read will find that this stand-alone is a good place to get introduced to Macomber's charms. HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: Macomber's patented recipe of idyllic small-town life with a touch of romance is sure to result in a summer best-seller.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Annie Marlow enjoys her life as a physician's assistant in L.A. Her weekends are filled with friends and the occasional visit with her family, and life is good. But one Thanksgiving, Annie loses everyone she holds dear in an unspeakable natural disaster. Broken and alone, she takes the advice of a friend and goes to visit one of the places where she was happy with her family: Oceanside beach in the Pacific Northwest and the little cottage by the sea that holds so many happy memories. The cottage is still there, and when she is offered a physician's assistant job at the local clinic she believes it's a sign she was meant to start over in Oceanside. Little does Annie realize that love was waiting for her to return, and that the lives of the people she soon calls family will embolden her to move beyond the hurt, toward love and a life full of possibility. VERDICT Macomber ("Cedar Cove" series; A Marriage of Inconvenience) never disappoints. Tears and laughter abound in this story of loss and healing that will wrap you up and pull you in; readers will finish it in one sitting. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]-Jane Blue, Andrews P.L., NC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.