Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea

by Debbie Macomber

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399181252
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 5,305
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

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Reading Group Guide

1. After losing her family, Annie is guilt ridden, often recalling her final conversation with her mother. Have you ever experienced regret or a sense of loss? What helped you to overcome it?

2. Seeing Annie for the first time in thirteen years gives Keaton quite a shock, as he never thought he would encounter her again. Have you ever reconnected with someone from your past, intentionally or by chance? Did anything about him or her surprise you?

3. Annie comes to see Keaton as something of a gentle giant. Though Annie is more extroverted, she grapples with secrets of her own. Discuss how and why, though their personalities differ, Annie and Keaton both struggle to open up to each other. Do you agree that opposites attract?

4. Oceanside becomes Annie’s safe haven, a peaceful place where she slowly begins to rebuild her life. Is there a place—a vacation spot, perhaps—that holds similar meaning in your life?

5. Gardening is a way for Annie to feel close to her mother, while also allowing her to share her bounty with the community. Do you have a particular hobby or interest that you find therapeutic? How does it make you feel?

6. Annie has a gut feeling that Britt’s home life is volatile. Though she knows it may be dangerous, she visits anyway, but falls into hostile territory when Carl arrives. How could she have approached the situation differently, to minimize the damage? Have you ever had a hunch about something that you were not sure how to deal with?

7. Was Annie right to tell Gabby, Steph, and Trevor about her conversation with Dr. Bainbridge before telling Keaton? Do you think Keaton responded appropriately when he learned the truth?

8. Mellie’s agoraphobia (fear of the outdoors) and hoarding are ways for her to hold onto the past in order to protect herself from future heartbreak. Do you identify with Mellie in any way?

9. Why do you think Mellie and Preston are so compatible, regardless of their shared stubbornness?

10. Britt and Jimmy eventually choose Becca and Lucas, who have struggled to have a child, as Grace’s adoptive parents. The four agree that the adoption may remain “open”, so that Britt and Jimmy can be a part of their daughter’s life. Discuss the decisions made by both couples.

11. Annie is ultimately able to make Oceanside her home, despite the fact that she has lost her family. How do you define “home”? What makes your home special?

12. How do you envision Annie and Keaton’s future together?

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Cottage by the Sea: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I couldn't help but feel the devastating emotions and cheer on the characters in the book due to my own experience with loss, punishment and the fight to recover. Thank you for the encouraging read.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This story takes one on a journey of all emotions. The characters pull you in as you grow to love and want the best for them. Loved this!
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I have read almost every one of Debbie Macomber's books and I have to say this is one of her best!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was great!! It was the first of hers that I read and I intend to read some more of hers. Keep writing!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Debbie Macomber pulls you in to her stories and characters ..... i totally enjoy each and every book she has written!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Will purchase
Anonymous 10 months ago
Wonderful story of love and friendship. Recovering from grief and finding your way through that grief. Debbie Macomber tells a great tale of coming to an understanding of the things we have to do in our recovery from losses. Loved this novel will probably read it again in the future
Anonymous 3 months ago
I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!! My new favorite author is Debbie macomber!! More reading to come!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Debbie Macomber’s books are often the medicine we need to turn our pain into hope. I highly recommend reading Cottage by Sea! I’m sure it will be a #1 best seller! She is an expert storyteller and her characters are easily relatable! I couldn’t put the book down. With time and love, tragedy can find its way to joy again. Debbie’s books have been a blessing in my life.
LEH0644 8 days ago
On a Thanksgiving morning, a mud slide took over twenty houses into the waters of Puget Sound. Annie Marlowe lost her parents, her brother and his wife and child on that early morning. Deep depression settled in and her cousin told her to go to a happy place. She remembered the small town of Oceanside and the good times her family had there on vacations. Annie moved there and let the sound of the waves ease her heart. She also found the love of her life there. Seth Keaton met her years ago and never forgot her. When he first saw her on the beach, he thought he was seeing things as he had dreamed of her often. Now they have found each other again.
Nanna51 4 months ago
I loved this heart-warming story of a young woman seeking solace in a small village by the sea, where she and her family used to enjoy memorable vacations. Now she has returned to heal from a tragedy that is beyond belief and in so doing she encounters Keaton, a young man who met her and was strongly affected by her when she was a girl. She also meets Melly, a recluse with secrets, and Preston, a man with a big heart for animals and people. There are other minor characters, but the main character is Annie and she influences all of their lives. Her tragedy becomes hope for others in the town, little by little. This was an excellent story of hope and redemption and will be thoroughly enjoyed by fans of Debbie Macomber and those who enjoy a light romance with a really good story. Disclaimer I checked out this book on the Libby library app. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Nanna51 4 months ago
I loved this heart-warming story of a young woman seeking solace in a small village by the sea, where she and her family used to enjoy memorable vacations. Now she has returned to heal from a tragedy that is beyond belief and in so doing she encounters Keaton, a young man who met her and was strongly affected by her when she was a girl. She also meets Melly, a recluse with secrets, and Preston, a man with a big heart for animals and people. There are other minor characters, but the main character is Annie and she influences all of their lives. Her tragedy becomes hope for others in the town, little by little. This was an excellent story of hope and redemption and will be thoroughly enjoyed by fans of Debbie Macomber and those who enjoy a light romance with a really good story. Disclaimer I checked out this book on the Libby library app. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Anonymous 4 months ago
Read all of Debbie’s books
Anonymous 5 months ago
I loved these characters and hope there's a sequel so we can get to know Annie and Keaton as a married couple with children.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great story, loved the characters, a feel good book!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Awesome as always.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great story! Happy ending!
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
Cottage by the Sea is the latest novel by Debbie Macomber. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and Annie Marlow’s mother wants her to come home to Seattle, Washington for the holiday. She is unable to change her schedule and Annie knows she will be home for Christmas. Annie regrets her decision when she receives a call from Aunt Sherry on Thanksgiving that the continual rains have caused her parents home to slide off the hillside. Annie has lost her entire family in one day. Sixteen months later, Annie has spiraled into intense depression and is suffering from survivor’s guilt. A counselor suggests Annie go somewhere that made her happy. She remembers family vacations in Oceanside and decides to visit. Annie feels at peace in the small town and decides to make a change. With the help of local painter, Seth Keaton, Annie is able to rent her family’s old vacation cottage and obtains a job. Annie wants to make a difference in people’s lives and starts with her curmudgeon of a landlord. In Oceanside, Annie finds a way to heal along with new friends and an unexpected romance. What happens, though, when Annie is presented with a wonderful opportunity? Cottage by the Sea is an engaging and emotional novel. My attention was captured right away, and it was held until I finished the story. Annie is devastated when she loses her parents, brother, sister-in-law and niece all in one day. She feels guilty for not joining them for Thanksgiving and sinks into a deep depression. Grief is a terrible thing and it is something a person can understand unless they experience it themselves (unfortunately). Cottage by the Sea is not your typical romance novel. It is a story of healing. Be prepared for your emotions to go on a roller coaster ride while reading Cottage by the Sea (you will need a hanky nearby). There is love, heartbreak, joy, hope, grief, guilt, humor and despair. Debbie Macomber created realistic characters who have real world problems. I enjoyed the small-town setting in the Pacific Northwest and the various animals in the story. Mellie Johnson is Annie’s landlord whose past continues to haunt her. Annie decides to befriend Mellie and her collection of romance novels help get her foot in the door. The secondary characters along with their story are as captivating as the main characters. Cottage by the Sea is different from this author’s other works (in a good way) and it does not end as you would expect. I was left with an unanswered question at the end of Cottage by the Sea (which I find frustrating) and the pacing could have used work in the second half. My rating for Cottage by the Sea is 4 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a compelling new novel to read, pick up Cottage by the Sea.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Another great book from our end of my favorite authors. This book has everything for a great read. I could hardly put it down. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Enjoyed this sweet book so so much. My dream has always been to have a cottage by the sea, so it was a must read from the start. Loved the plot line. What began in tragedy became a life full of challenges but oh so rewarding for the main character. Before I give too much away, just read it and feel the love.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good book to the end, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I found this book to be very disappointing! The book cover and title pulled me in! I was looking for an uplifting summer read with the warmth of the beach! I did not find this in this particular book! In my opinion, it was a book of tragic events, heartaches and frustrating characters! I wish I had not wasted my money!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Debbie Macomber has created characters who are real; I now want to know how they're doing. What a gift!
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 8 months ago
Debbie Macomber has, once again, produced a heartwarming story of loss and love, of friendship and respect. Due out July 17, 2018, Cottage By the Sea, may be one of her best yet, as it explores the recovery of well-developed, lifelike characters from a devastating loss, pain caused by a cruel parent, self-punishment by a young woman who believed she did not deserve to love again, and a mother and two siblings living with an abusive man. Physician assistant, Annie Marlow’s world was turned upside down by unspeakable tragedy. After drifting through life for sixteen months, she returns to Oceanside, the small seaside town of her childhood family vacations. It was there that she had the happiest memories of her lost family. Annie is quickly accepted into the community, and finds again and again that the best way to heal herself is to do what comes naturally to her – helping others. Keaton’s life has been cruel and lonely, yet he is a talented artist who rescues abused animals. Mellie has enclosed herself in her late grandparents’ home, and become an agoraphobic and a hoarder. Britt and Logan show bruises and broken bones from the man of the house, and their mother, Teresa, sees no way out of her situation. Since childhood, Annie has wanted to go to medical school. Torn between leaving a budding romance and the community she had grown to love, when faced with chance to apply for an accelerated program for PAs, she struggles to make a decision. As a public health educator, I am happy to see Macomber mention budget cuts that cripple social services, as well as her mention of a voice “that rattled after years of tobacco use”. Another important point raised in Cottage By the Sea is the fact that most battered women’s shelters do not accept male children above a certain age. Because of this some battered moms have no place to go. What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy? The usual things: • ending a sentence with a preposition; • beginning a sentence with a conjunction; • split infinitives; • misplacement of the word “only” within a sentence; • having a character say “come” when he should have said “go”.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Enjoyable read