Cottage by the Sea
by Macomber, Debbie

Retreating to a Pacific Northwest haven after a tragedy, Annie bonds with a kindhearted local artist, her reclusive landlord and a troubled teen before an unexpected opportunity challenges her ambitions. By the best-selling author of Any Dream Will Do. Simultaneous.

Debbie Macomber, the author of Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Thirteen of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She is also the author of the cookbook Debbie Macomber’s Table. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

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. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A lonely woman finds love in a charming seaside town in Macomber's (Merry and Bright, 2017, etc.) latest. After losing her parents, brother, sister-in-law, and baby niece in a tragic mudslide, Annie Marlow returns to her beloved cottage by the sea in Oceanside, Washington, to find solace—and begins a whole new life. Soon after arriving, she sees an opening for a physician assistant, the job she held before going on bereavement leave. She's also reunited with painter Seth Keaton, the gentle giant who had a crush on her years ago but was too shy to ask her out. Although Keaton is best known for his intimidating size, he is also soft-spoken and altruistic. In his spare time, he rescues abandoned pets, looks after Annie's curmudgeonly landlord, Mellie, and helps Annie weed her garden. At first, their slow, sweet courtship simmers in the background of Annie's other pursuits. Like other Macomber heroines, Annie is endearingly helpful. She quickly becomes the "Dear Abby of Oce anside" as she befriends a pregnant teen, an abused mother, and an anxious patient. With its colorful locals, ocean breezes, and laid-back lifestyle, Oceanside does seem like a dreamy place to call home. But when an unexpected career opportunity in Seattle beckons Annie away from the community she's grown to love, Keaton must confront his childhood insecurities and tell her how he feels—or risk losing her forever. Romantic, warm, and a breeze to read—one of Macomber's best. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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