Cottage by the Sea: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A daughter’s gift of time, a father’s silent wish.

Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients’ longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being ...
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Cottage by the Sea: A Novel

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Overview

A daughter’s gift of time, a father’s silent wish.

Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients’ longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being in love. As a bonus, the two women utilize their business to help Erin’s son Jordan and his fiancée, Sierra, plan a grand wedding.

But the two friends aren’t prepared for the cloud moving in to cover the sunny, successful start of their business. Erin’s father, who lives in a small coastal Oregon community with his brusque, downright odd second wife, Delores, develops a medical problem that puts him in the hospital. Erin responds by rushing from Southern California to her father’s—and oh, yeah, Delores’s—cottage by the sea.

What greets Erin when she arrives sends her tumbling down a bewildering path to a different kind of happiest day. Her journey tosses her through highs and lows of hurt and healing, betrayal and renewal, wrong assumptions righted, and the brightest future one could ever hope for. All just around the corner, at the cottage by the sea.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439100905
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 192,271
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved author of seventy titles that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Her popular Christy Miller series and Sisterchicks® novels have won a number of awards, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and a Gold Medallion Award finalist award. Robin's unique destination novels transport readers around the globe. To ensure that her tales of these extraordinary locations ring true, Robin has enjoyed the privilege of traveling to each location in order to experience the local culture. Her three visits to the Canary Islands provided bountiful research as she took flamenco dance lessons, rode a camel, and visited the chapel where Columbus prayed before departing on his famous journey. Robin and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Good Story

    I thought it was a good story. It wasn't the type that kept me on the edge of my seat but it was a good read. I would have liked a little more to the ending. Her other books have been much better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Gunn never disappoints

    Poignant insights as is signature Gunn. Always gives me pause for thought, comptemplation as well as joy and praise. Great twists and turns AND connetion to her last book, which I ordered. Deals with aging parents, unexpected crises and conflict and rearranging of priorities. Excellent book for club discussons...faith-based not.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    Two squeezes meant simply that I love you; three squeezes in ret

    Two squeezes meant simply that I love you; three squeezes in return meant I love you too! That was the way things were communicated silently in the Bryce family, only Erin really needed this confirmation from her father which was always left with wanting more.

    As Erin Bryce and her best friend Sharlene prepare for the launch of their new wedding planning business, The Happiest Day, she receives a phone call from her dad's wife, Delores telling her that he has had a stroke. Erin immediately leaves for the small beach side community of Moss Cove in Oregon to see how her father is doing. When he appears normal and back to the old self she remembers, she books a flight home and begins to prepare herself for her new business venture but also a future wedding for her son Jordan.

    As Erin waits for her father and Delores to show up for the day of the wedding, she tries hard to keep her emotions in check. She blames Delores for keeping her father away and making all the decisions for him. When the day comes and goes with their presence missing, she phones her father's home and learns they are still there. Ready to unleash all her anger, Delores informs her that her father has suffered another stroke and this time he won't be returning back to his old self anytime soon.

    In the latest novel, Cottage By The Sea by Robin Jones Gunn, the reader is drawn into the story between a love that is needed by both Erin and her father, Jack. Now with a stroke removing his ability to verbal communicate, Erin and Jack have to rediscover a way to connect after so many years and reestablish the love that both of them need before its too late. This is a timeless story of one of the great needs I believe a woman needs to have in her life, the love of a father and Robin does such a wonderful job at completing this through her novel. I was moved to tears by how well she made me feel for both Erin and Jack's needs.

    I felt the frustration that Erin had toward feeling the care of her father was dumped on her shoulders while everyone else seemed to have a life to return to; her anger at Delores when she learns that Delores simply can not stay with someone who requires this type of care; and her crushing need to find a way to fix things between her and her father as communication between the two have a small window that seems to be rapidly closing.

    The parts of the book I was immediately drawn to are the setting for the story, being a long time resident of Orange County in California, the reminders of the strawberry fields in Irvine, the John Wayne airport and the poetic way that Robin leads you into the story and magically paints a picture so well, you know it's real. Here's one of my favorite lines from the book, describing the ocean outside her father's cottage:

    "Erin could now recognize the waves' varying sounds. She knew, just by listening to the intensity of the waves' roar through the open kitchen window, when they were crashing against the rocks and sending a spindrift into the air. She also knew when the sea was at rest, simply breathing in and out, sending the waves rolling to the shore and then curling them back. Today the sea was feisty. With a curled-up fist, it hurled the white-capped waves onto the shore. The salty avengers tumbled far up the sand before receding in haste and preparing for their next pitch. (pg 177)."

    I received Cottage By The Sea compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Publishers for my honest review. This is such a beautiful book to describe the love between a father and daughter and one that Robin shared through her own personal experience. This one will tug at your heart strings and reel you in with all the emotion from words found on the pages. It truly will be unforgettable for me and one I will treasure. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and one that has found a permanent place in my library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Ashley

    Walks in with nothing but a thin, seethrough thong. She goes to brandon "plz do me hard!"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Disclaimers: I received a copy of

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this opportunity!

    My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the second book I've read by Robin Jones Gunn. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one I read by her and so I had high hopes for this one.

    The other novel I read from her was Finally and Forever from the Katie Weldon series and so this novel was very different in target audience and in the way it was written. However, Gunn's ability to create characters that I adored and a world that drew me in remained constant.

    The moment that protagonist learns that her father is ill she jumps on a plane to go see him. At that instance, I felt my emotions being pulled into the book and found myself attached to the story line.

    Erin left behind her husband and her business to take care of a father with whom she had a strained relationship. That was both touching and inspiring. And to all of those who have ever had an ill loved one, this book rings true.

    Brilliantly written and beautifully developed a novel that I definitely recommend and one that I absolutely adored.

    In Summary: A incredible novel that is bound to uplift and entertain. Definitely one worth reading.

    The Wrap-up: Gunn's novels are written in a compelling manner that hits home. A beautiful novel that was nothing like I expected and yet better in every way. Read this one for an entertaining read that is poignant and will have you laughing, crying, and cheering the characters on go. Basically if you pick this one up, you won't regret it.

    Love,

    Danica Page

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Cottage By The Sea Robin Jones Gunn Book Summary: Erin Bryce and

    Cottage By The Sea
    Robin Jones Gunn
    Book Summary: Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients’ longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being in love. As a bonus, the two women utilize their business to help Erin’s son Jordan and his fiancée, Sierra, plan a grand wedding. But the two friends aren’t prepared for the cloud moving in to cover the sunny, successful start of their business. Erin’s father, who lives in a small coastal Oregon community with his brusque, downright odd second wife, Delores, develops a medical problem that puts him in the hospital. Erin responds by rushing from Southern California to her father’s—and oh, yeah, Delores’s—cottage by the sea. What greets Erin when she arrives sends her tumbling down a bewildering path to a different kind of happiest day. Her journey tosses her through highs and lows of hurt and healing, betrayal and renewal, wrong assumptions righted, and the brightest future one could ever hope for. All just around the corner, at the cottage by the sea.
    This was a very well written story. It was moving, great characters, emotional and yet joyful in many respects. It was picture of an adult who cares for her parent as our faith exhorts us to care for the elderly and the ill. Robin Jones Gunn did a great job of providing a well painted picture of the Oregon coast and the cottage by the sea. It was a tear jerker at times and makes one think about how important relationships are to life. It also had an added bonus of tying in a different book’s characters which is always a gem for me. I love series and sequels. It is like seeing a long lost friend.
    I would like to thank Howard Books for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome book.

    Awesome book.

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