In her delightful new novella, Georgia Bockoven brings readers back to the beloved beach house and the charming cottage next door…
What should have been the best day in Diana Wagnor's twenty-nine years easily turns into the worst when her job is downsized, she discovers her fiancé in bed with her best friend, and she watches her cherished grandmother's house burn to the ground.
Clearly it's time to start over and get out of Topeka, Kansas, where she's spent her whole life. But what should she do? And how does she ever trust herself in another relationship when her one indisputable skill seems to be picking the wrong man?
Diana finds her answers at the cottage next door to the beach house with the help of a tall, sculptured, soft-spoken Californian, and a heart-shaped piece of sea glass.
|File size:||645 KB|
About the Author
Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in Northern California with her husband, John.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a Georgia Bockoven fan and I love this series, but this novella didn't live up to the previous books and I have reasons. I love Bockoven's writing and each book just glides from page to page and I think packing in her story in a novella just didn't work. I don't think it gave her the time to build the characters and it felt like this book was like listening to a podcast on high speed, I wish I could linger and get into this character and it just was moving at a too fast pace. As much as I wanted to get more into the story, I didn't love this main character. I couldn't connect with her or care and I was just not interested in finding out the things that lead her to this cottage. I am excited to read the next full novel in the series and will be reviewing it tomorrow. I am intrigued to find out if you need this novella to know what happens in the next book which is why I made sure I read it before reading the next book. I will answer these questions tomorrow.
Such a sweet story! I love the idea of a house--especially one on a beach :)--that has a positive magical influence on the people who pass through it. And the sea glass "heart"--what an awesome idea! Even though this novella is book 3.5 of the series, it served as a great introduction. Diana and Michael are an easy couple to root for. They're both coming off of rocky romance histories, and neither is really looking for romance--of course ;) Diana's never ventured so far from Kansas before, but was more than ready for a change. She finds herself enchanted by her first glimpse of the ocean, eager to start her new job, and intrigued by Michael. Michael finds himself drawn to the newcomer, but he's hiding a pretty substantial secret from her. Is the possibility of romance--not to mention Diana's job--over before they really begin? Of course not! But every good story needs some conflict, so... ;) The one aspect of the story that was a bit frustrating--not understanding exactly why Michael had to keep Diana in the dark about what was going on at the galleries she was hired to work at--ended up being explained very satisfactorily in the end, thank goodness. The Cottage Next Door also gives us a teaser for the next book in the series (not yet titled, as far as I can tell)--it'll be contractor Jeremy's story, whom we see in this novella and feature his adopted daughter Shiloh, who we heard much about but didn't make an actual appearance in this book. I must read book 4. Soon. Though there are the first three novels in the series to keep me busy in the meantime... Rating: 4 stars / B+
The first I have read in this series, I now need to do some “catch up’ reading to delve back into this world created by Bockoven. While this story mentions many chraacers that I assume are from earlier books in the series, this book truly is all about Diana and Michael, and is delightful from that aspect. Diana had a series of terrible events where she lost her job, her best friend, her fiancé and her home, and is understandably reeling from the upheaval. A new beginning is really in order, and Diana takes a chance to reach for one. Leaving Kansas, she heads west to California with plans to stay in her cousin’s beach house as she decides what her next step would be. Diana arrives to start over and nearly instantly bumps into her neighbor, Michael. Of course, she’s sworn off all men since her cheating fiancé, but she can’t stop thinking about him. Michael didn’t expect to find a connection with the neighbor, and to find out she is his new employee only adds more resolve to his “not looking for commitment’ pledge. But, there’s something about Diana that he cannot ignore. He’s also worried for her safety, as his store was the site of a crime, and even if he doesn’t make one move, he wants her to feel and be safe after all the changes in her life. The start of this book was a little full of detail and took some concentration, but soon the characters of Diana and Michael and their relationship took over, and the sweetness of this story: full of potential, hope and magical connections transports you to their world. Bockoven uses description and setting to give the readers a fully realized sense of place and character, and both Diana and Michael are easy to relate to and enjoy. Most importantly, they are so well-suited to one another, and their newly developing relationship feels possible and plausible in all the best ways. A lovely novella that has certainly added the earlier titles in the Beach House series to my ever-growing to-be-read pile. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.