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Posted March 5, 2004
Make Room on that Keeper Shelf!
You'll need the shelf space for Linda Barrett¿s kick-off novel in her new series, Pilgrim Cove. This one¿s a keeper! The House on the Beach is not your ordinary romance, not your ordinary setting and certainly not your ordinary cast of characters. And here¿s the bonus: you¿ll feel like you¿re right there--a resident yourself¿just like I did. In fact, I can¿t wait to return this summer. It didn¿t take Laura McCloud long to feel at home in Pilgrim Cove after she rented Sea View House. What could be better than having the Atlantic Ocean as her closest neighbor? After her mother¿s death and her own bout with breast cancer, Laura needs time to herself¿time to think and figure out how to get her life and career back together. Meeting a new man is the furthest thing from her mind. What she doesn¿t anticipate is Matt Parker. Matt is immediately attracted to Laura, but after losing his wife to illness, he¿s afraid to get close to another woman or expose his two young sons to the possibility of another loss. But Matt is soon won over by Laura¿s sparkling personality and the wonderful effect she has on his boys. Pilgrim Cove casts its magic on all who visit, and Laura and Matt are soon enchanted with each other. To achieve their happy ending, however, they figure out that the magic has to come from within.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2004
A feel good story...
Laura McCloud used to visit Pilgrim Cove every summer. As a teen, she met Matthew 'Matt' Parker. They even kissed under the boardwalk. Laura had missed several summers. She had been taking care of her dying mother and dealing with her own medical trauma, breast cancer. ............................ As the story opened, Laura's mother had passed away. Laura had detected the lump early, underwent treatment, and had just been given a clean bill of health. She retreated to Pilgrim Cove to lick her wounds and get away from the city. She needed the beauty of the small town she remembered, to watch the waves crash upon the beach, and a couple months of solitude. Laura began it all with a call to Bartholomew 'Bart' Quinn and rented Sea View House. ....................... Matt had never forgotten Laura. His family had always been known for their musical talents, and she had a voice that was unforgettable. When Matt learned who had rented the town's special house, his interest was immediate. (That house had a reputation, good things happen to everyone who stays there.) Matt's wife had died four years ago. He now had two sons: Brian, age eleven (going on thirty), and Casey, age seven, with a speech problem. .................. Could Matt trust Laura not to hurt his sons? Could Laura trust Matt not to walk out on her? ....................... ***** I love Pilgrim Cove! The entire town is filled with the most colorful characters you can imagine. There is even a group of retired men, called the ROMEOs, that gather at the diner to watch the town's soap opera life play out. Then, of course, they jump on their cell phones to spread the word all over the little town. Worse than old women. ;) ...................... Author Linda Barrett brings this town to life, as only she could possibly do! I came to love all the secondary characters, as well as the main ones. Each person in the story has their own little quirks and attitudes. This is an awesome 'feel good' story! ........................... Word has it that next Pilgrim Cove novel is due for release in August 2004, titled 'No Ordinary Summer'. I can hardly wait! *****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2011
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