Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Annie after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartache a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter.
COTTAGE BY THE SEA is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heart tugging. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Annie and Keaton and all the secondary characters. Annie is shattered after a family tragedy that leaves her all alone in the world. How will she ever get over her grief? She decides the only place she can be happy is at the cottage her family rented every summer. Maybe she can find the meaning of her life once again. COTTAGE BY THE SEA is a heart tugging story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down!
COTTAGE BY THE SEA is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in 2018 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Keaton and Annie and for all they were dealing with but Keaton shredded me. He had such a lonely and loveless childhood and no one deserves to grow up like that. His Dad blamed him for his mother leaving them. Who puts that kind of guilt on a child? Debbie Macomber really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that brings me so much joy and happiness to know they are waiting for me!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ballantine Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.