Saturday, October 8, 2011
Review: A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware
Publisher: Sourcebooks (reprint)
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.