Saturday, October 8, 2011

Review: A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware


Publisher: Sourcebooks (reprint)
Pages: 544
Category: Romance
Source: Publisher





Blythe is facing an impending high-profile divorce in Hollywood, she's a Hollywood production designer, and her husband is a famous director. Their divorce is front-page news on every gossip magazine, CNN has joined in as well. The story couldn't get any juicier. Blythe's husband of eleven years has done the unthinkable, he has cheated on her. If that wasn't humiliating enough, after years of wanting a child herself Blythe finds out he has fathered a child. To make matter worst, the mistress happens to be her own sister. Blythe is humiliated and destroyed. She accepts the unacceptable, and decides she needs a break from the media and Hollywood. She flees to a small cottage in Cornwall, on a beautiful estate. According to family legend told by her deceased grandmother, Blythe believes the estate was originally owned by her ancestors. The manor home is owned by Luke Teague, a gentle, comforting widow. A man who is patient and desperately trying to save his ancient estate. As she attempts to hide from her present, she is confronted with her past. A history of love triangles, family customs, and tragedy. All experiences are first hand when Blythe mysteriously, and unfathomably time travels. The root of the triangle is the original Blythe Barton, the current Blythe experiences flashbacks true to the past. While Blythe cannot explain these instances to herself, she has no intention of mentioning them to anyone. As she begins to heal, Blythe and Luke becomes business partners. Both seeking to save the estate.


I know I have mentioned that I am not a romance fan. Honestly, I think I've been lying. I really loved this novel. The story was original, heart-wrenching and fresh. I wasn't sure what to expect and I was quickly drawn into the story. I will definitely read more from Ciji Ware. It was a great read! The romance was sweet, honest and real. Blythe and Luke each have their own inner obstacles to overcome. They each have a bitter past, but each has their unique issues. I never thought this story was predictable, and cheesy. The only thing I suspected was the romance between Blythe and Luke. However, a romance novel must have a romance take place. I enjoyed it from the first few pages to the last.

12 comments:

  1. Great review! This one is on my shelf and on my Kindle so I really have no excuse now not to read it :-)

    Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

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  2. I have this on my nook and sadly it is unread. I have not read a Ciji Ware book yet either but after reading your wonderful review, I need to change that. Great review!

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  3. I love your review :) It's on my TBR list and I can't wait to read it!

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  4. I don't consider myself a romance fan but would try this one based on your recommendation.

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  5. I'm not a romance fan either but a love story is still nice every now and then!

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  6. I have this book and bought it after reading another review that just raved over it. Glad to hear that it was such a great read for you. Now I am looking forward to it too!

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  7. Sounds like a good story -- must add it to my wishlist!

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  8. I loved my copy - thank YOU! This one is a keeper!

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  9. I think I may have to go look for this one. It sounds to good not to atleast give it a try!

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  10. Great review! Sounds like you enjoyed this one. I'll have to add this one to my list. I love the cover!

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  11. Well, romance and romance. Yes there was romance in the Ware book I read, but it was still not a romance book so perhaps that is why you liked it :)

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