Another sweet romance from the Queen of sweet romance, and she is in fine form.
Annie Marlow is living her life when an unspeakable tragedy strikes. Sinking into depression, a friend finally suggests she go to her “happy place,” whatever that is.
Annie decides to go back to the beach town where she spent happy summer vacations as a child. She even manages to find the cottage her family rented every year. The owner is the granddaughter of the original owners, but she is an agoraphobic recluse and not inclined to rent out her cottage. Until Keaton intervenes.
Keaton is a painter/handyman and helps out the owner so she is willing to listen to him. Annie gets her cottage and a new friend in Keaton. As she struggles to find peace, Keaton has his own struggles. Together, they learn to overcome their problems and help each other find happiness.
This is a beautiful story of redemption. The setting is lovely, the characters warm and interesting, and the story line compelling. I loved it.
7/18 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber. Ballantine Books (July 17, 2018). ISBN 978-0399181252. 352p.