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Cottage by the sea : a novel
2018
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A seaside town helps one young woman reclaim the light after darkness in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. <br> <br> "Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read--one of Macomber's best."-- Kirkus Reviews <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Praise for Cottage by the Sea <br> <br> "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) <br> <br> "Macomber's patented recipe of idyllic small-town life with a touch of romance is sure to result in a summer best-seller." -- Booklist <br> <br> "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
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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
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