The Sea Glass Cottage: A Novel

The Sea Glass Cottage: A Novel

by RaeAnne Thayne


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Look for The Sea Glass Cottage, the exciting new novel from RaeAnne Thayne, available from HQN books Mar 17, 2020. Pre-order your copy today!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335045164
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 4,511
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at

Customer Reviews

The Sea Glass Cottage 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
JM Free Kicks Fiction 1 hours ago
Told via three different points of view across three generations, this story about family secrets and the bonds that tie people together was engrossing and entertaining. The three women, Olivia, Juliet, and Caitlin, were each fully realized and not just generational caricatures. I also liked how the author drew parallels between the generations. This was the first time I have read this author, and I look forward to more. For a full review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for a digital ARC of this book.
bookfan-mary 9 hours ago
The Sea Glass Cottage is where Olivia Harper grew up and its where her mother and teen aged niece live still. When Olivia’s mother Juliet winds up in the hospital with a broken hip she comes home to help with the family business. What she finds is a niece who suddenly resents her, a mother who has a few secrets, and the new fire chief who makes her feel emotionally off-balance. But she can handle it all because she’s only there for a few weeks and then will go back to her life and job in Seattle. Olivia’s mom and niece have worries of their own and navigate the feelings and actions that may or may not give the desired results. This is a story about strong, proud people learning to ask for and accept help, learning that “the greatest risk carries the greatest reward”. No spoiler here but I can say I enjoyed how RaeAnne Thayne brought her characters through their drama. Recommended to fans of the author and women’s fiction. 4.5 stars
Annette5151 9 hours ago
My first book by this author and it was really good! All the characters were likeable and the town sounded like a place you might want to live. It was light and romantic and I enjoyed it! Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for the early copy
laceye721 2 days ago
This was my first RaeAnne Thayne novel but definitely not my last! This book was all female, mostly all of the time. There were many female characters, Liv, her niece and her mother, with whom she has a stressed relationship with. Sometimes, I would think this would be too much drama going on, but I think RaeAnne Thayne did a phenomenal job with the writing to keep the reader interested. Like I said, there was a lot going on. If this was separated by character and chapters, it would've for sure been way too confusing. However, it was just an overall story about these characters and it was like watching a soap opera in my head. I don't mean that in a bad way at all. It was as they say, "like a train crash, you want to look away, but you can't." There are a lot of emotions in this book. It's crushing and heartwarming all in the same book. RaeAnne Thayne did a wonderful job making sure all of the characters were heard in the same way. I didn't feel as though I knew more about one character than I did another. Also, the story is a lot about overcoming obstacles whether they are physical or mental. I really enjoyed that aspect of this novel. Lastly, RaeAnne Thayne did a great job with the talk of drug abuse in this novel. This is a really sensitive topic with the society we are in. As someone who has lost individuals to this epidemic, I felt as though RaeAnne Thayne handled this with care. She really did make this feel as though we were looking at this story through Caitlin's eyes. Losing someone to this is soul-crushing and I really felt that with Liv's niece. Overall, I really enjoyed The Sea Glass Cottage. There was a lot going on, but I think it was really good. I will for sure be giving RaeAnne Thayne another read!
AMGiacomasso 3 days ago
Ms Thyne can surely write a book that will keep you hooked till the last page, root for the characters and smile or move. This story is no exception and I loved every moment. I loved the female characters, they're all so strong and frail at same time, realistic and well thought. I liked how the story is told by different POV and how the past wounds can be healed by love, communication and growing a healthy relationship. It's a story about family, friendship, healing and how important communication is. The setting is lovely and the vivid description made me wish I was there. It was an excellent read, engrossing and entertaining, heartwarming and poignant. I strongly recommend it. Many thanks to HQN and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Debi Karash 3 days ago
Pretty good book
WinnieL 5 days ago
RaeAnne Thayne is one of my must read authors and she has definitely not disappointed with her newest novel The Sea Glass Cottage. As always, her stories bring to life real life issues and I guess that’s what makes her stories so relatable. Every family has its issues and RaeAnne Thayne reminds us with her stories that forgiveness can mend any relationship and gives hope that miracles do happen.
WinnieL 5 days ago
RaeAnne Thayne is one of my must read authors and she has definitely not disappointed with her newest novel The Sea Glass Cottage. As always, her stories bring to life real life issues and I guess that’s what makes her stories so relatable. Every family has its issues and RaeAnne Thayne reminds us with her stories that forgiveness can mend any relationship and gives hope that miracles do happen.
Teri1957 6 days ago
I received a copy of this book from RaeAnne Thayne and HQN. This is my honest and voluntary review. Thayne's books may make you cry, laugh, sigh, or explode with anger but in the end they will leave you with a huge smile on your face. Why do we think that an age difference in a man and woman make a relationship impossible? If the man is older it's ok but if the woman is the older one - oh my god!, she's robbing the cradle. Love comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, nationalities, and sexes. Who are we to decide what is right or what is wrong? This book is outstandingly enjoyable. I very highly recommend to all readers. Enjoy!
Claire140 6 days ago
This was a very enjoyable story about three generations of a family. Mother, Juliet, lives in Sea Glass Cottage and owns and runs a garden centre. Her daughter, Olivia, has a strained relationship with her mother but when her mother has a fall and is hospitalised/needs help with her recovery she heads home to help out for a few months. Caitlin, Olivia's niece from her deceased sister, also lives in the house. Juliet took over Caitlin's care when she was a baby and her daughter died so she's more like a mother than a grandmother to her. There are secrets each of the three women are hiding from each other, most stemming from the death of Olivia's father, then the death of Olivia's addict sister, with each of them now being forced to work through issues as they are all thrown together again. Caitlin also never knew who her Dad was, so she is searching for answers and has done a DNA test hoping that will shed more light, but is keeping it a secret from her grandmother and aunt. She has also come across information that makes her very antagonistic towards Olivia, who can't quite figure out what she's done wrong. So lots of secrets and misunderstandings that are slowly unraveled as the story goes along and really keeps your interest. A really lovely book with relatable characters. As usual RaeAnne Thayne has written a fabulous story, I do love her writing!
BarbTRC 6 days ago
The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne is a wonderful standalone story revolving around a family, with a bit of romance. This is the first time I have read Thayne, and after reading this wonderful story, it will not be my last. The Sea Glass Cottage has three different POV’s, revolving around 3 generations of the Harper family; Olivia, Juliet and Caitlin. The story begins with Olivia, who receives a call from a friend that her mother has fallen and is in the hospital. Though she left home 12 years ago, Olivia Harper decides it’s time to go home to Cape Sanctuary, California and help her mother, who will be laid up for a while; and takes a leave from her job. Her mother, Juliet, doesn’t want to burden her daughter, but knows she has no choice, as she has a few broken bones; she also is keeping a secret from everyone, that though she is in remission, she has MS. Caitlin, Juliet’s granddaughter and Olivia’s niece, is 15 years old, and devoted to her grandmother, but nasty to Olivia. Each of them has their own issues that affect their behavior with each other, which were caused by the death of both Juliet’s husband, and daughter, Natalie. Olivia is determined to take care of her mother, feeling guilty of having left long ago, as well as working hard to keep the business flowing. She meets Cooper, the new Fire Chief, and brother to her best friend; she has always had a slight crush on him in her teenage years. Cooper tried to save her father during the fire he lost his life in, and he was also close friends to her sister, Natalie. Juliet, while in recovery, is fussed over by her friend and neighbor, Henry, who cares about her; she knows she has feelings for him, but tries to brush it off because of the age difference (he is younger by about 8 years) and her MS disease, which is a secret. Caitlin spent a lot of time with her friend, Jake, as he helped her investigate who could be the father she did not know; they used DNA to find him. A surprise here. At first, I have to admit, I did not like Caitlin, especially her nastiness with Olivia. But in time, she did get better. This story revolves around all three women, as it was an emotional roller coaster of secrets, family, love, forgiving and moving forward. What follows is a heartwarming, emotional and sweet story with some wonderful characters created by Thayne; such as the three leading ladies, Cooper, Melody, Henry, Jake, and the animals. This was so very well written by RaeAnne Thayne, as it kept my attention from start to finish. The Sea Glass Cottage was a wonderful story that you should read.
SVG 8 days ago
Simply beautiful. The book encapsulated me with its warmth and mystery from the very first scene until the end, bringing with it a delicious happiness at having read a beautiful story of three women, strong yet vulnerable in the secrets they hid. RaeAnne Thayne was one awesome author who could bring joy into my heart at these times to stress. Having read many books by this author, I loved the anticipation to get into this story. The women were so different yet so similar. It was fun to get to know them as they got to know each other. All three of them had to let go of the baggage of their past if they wanted a new life together. I loved how the author brought them together, slowly taking the time to bind them, one thread at a time. The story could pull me into its depths by the loving way it was written. The scenes moved sequentially as it I were watching a heart warming movie. Forgiveness was the core of the book, and realizing they were just humans who made mistakes brought me to tears. Love and happiness made their pain lighter, and it was wonderful to see them shining bright down the pages. Romance soon followed and happily ever after soon ensured. But it was the journey of the three, bound by blood and love, which captured by soul and didn't let go. A beautiful read.
rlane 9 days ago
Olivia Harper goes back to her hometown, Cape Sanctuary, when her mother, Juliet, falls and can’t run the family business. She comes home to an angry fifteen-year-old niece, and her childhood crush, Cooper, now the Fire Chief of Cape Sanctuary. This is a story of healing between the Harper women, dealing with past tragedy, but also about finding love for both Juliet and Olivia. I do love a story of unrequited romance, and friends turning into more, so I loved both Olivia and Juliet’s journey! Caitlin had her own perspective and story, too. This beautiful story was set in a small town by the sea, a place that came to life, vividly described by the author so I could almost feel the sea breezes off the sea right along with the characters!
uhave2loveufirst 9 days ago
Olivia Harper has been settled in Seattle, working in information technology for pay and benefits. Her dream job of social media marketing takes her free time. Recently witnessing a horrible assault at a diner, she was feeling like a coward. She had wanted to be brave like her father, who had given his life saving others. Even though she had called 911, she had hidden from the attacker. About to face her fears and enter a coffee shop, she receives a phone call from her best friend since high school, Melody. Her excitement soon turns into worry. Olivias mother, Juliet, had fallen and was hospitalized. Olivia is upset that Caitlin, her niece being raised by Juliet, hadn’t called her. Juliet is going to need surgery. Her mother needs her but how can Caitlin return to Northern California where memories of her father and sister are. Both are buried there, and remembering brings her guilt and pain The authors writing winds it’s way around a set of riveting characters. Caitlin and her best friend, Jake. Could they become more than friends? Jake and his father, Henry, visit Juliet in the hospital. Juliet is attracted to Henry but cherishes his friendship, and he’s eight years younger. Does Henry feel the same? And what secret is Juliet keeping? Olivia arrives in town to be with her mother. She runs into Melody’s brother, Cooper. As a teenager she had a crush on him. Cooper remembers Olivia as Little Livie, but she’s not that little girl anymore. Which way will these connections go? Could there be romance ahead? You know the answer to the answer ;-). Read the book.
CCholger 10 days ago
4.5 stars What a beautiful story. In the beginning I couldn’t help but notice the similarity with some other recent stories I read, but that’s just the bones. By the time I got to know the characters I was no longer thinking of the other stories I read. Each author puts their own spin on things. I can’t think of what they name of this trope would be, but I have been noticing more and more books with whatever this one happens to be. There is so much chemistry bouncing around in this book. Not just between the different romantic interests, but also friendships and familial relationships. I could easily feel all of the connections, the author did a brilliant job with that. I’m a huge fan of warm-fuzzies. If your story gives me warm-fuzzies I will enjoy the book. I swear, for the last 25% of this book I was on a roller coaster with my emotions. Trust me, even if there are spots here and there that you don’t agree with along the way in this one, the ending is worth it all. Every family has secrets; in real life and in fiction. Sometimes they are kept out of spite or ill intent. In the case of the Harper family these secrets are kept out of love. Unfortunately, as secrets tend to do, things festered and things were made worse instead of better. While the secrets Caitlin and Juliet keep are resolved by the end, I felt as though Olivia still had some work to do. Cooper recognizes and learns Olivia’s woes, but it’s still something she’s trying to sweep under the rug. This, in my mind, is the only problem with this story. I’d love to have seen Olivia to get some help. Although I classify this story as a contemporary romance, it’s also a very family centered tale. It’s about strong women feeling the pressure to be perfect. It’s about caring women wanting to do it all for their loved ones. What I’m saying is that this book is deep and beautiful and inspiring. **I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**
whatsbetterthanbooks 10 days ago
Enchanting, heartwarming, and touching! The Sea Glass Cottage is a heartfelt, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the idyllic town of Cape Sanctuary and immerses you into the lives of the Harper family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future. The writing is polished and expressive. The characterization is spot on with a whole slew of characters that are relatable, multi-layered, and genuine. And the plot, including all the engaging subplots, skillfully intertwines and unravels into a big-hearted, hopeful tale about life, love, loss, family, secrets, friendship, misunderstandings, romance, contentment, forgiveness, and the importance of communication. Overall, The Sea Glass Cottage is a compelling, moving, beautifully-written tale that reminds us to always surround ourselves with those we love and live each day to the fullest.
poohbear1970dc 10 days ago
The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne Olivia Harper returns to her home town of Cape Sanctuary and the Sea Glass Cottage when her mom Juliet Harper falls off a ladder and gets hurt. Olivia and Cooper Vance fight their attraction because she is only there temporary. Until they fall in love and she decides to stay. Juliet does not like to be a patient she wants to be able to do everything she was doing before the accident. which includes taking care of her granddaughter Caitlin and running her own greenhouse. Henry Cragun keeps trying to get Juliet to let them have a relationship. All of the ladies have secrets that come out in the book that make the book a really good read. I totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to read. I received a complimentary copy of this book so that I could review it. This book was a real tear jerker but I just didn’t want to put it down.
swissgranny 11 days ago
With a beautiful, inviting cover and a setting on the Northern California coast, The Sea Glass Cottage is the latest Cape Sanctuary novel by RaeAnne Thayne. Thayne is a master at creating realistic, colorful, engaging characters and placing them in charming small-town settings. This story focuses on three generations of family—Olivia Harper, her mother Juliet, and her niece Caitlin. All three of them have had past trauma in their lives and each has her own secrets and views of past happenings. Then Cooper, Henry, and Jake are thrown into the mix with more secrets and angst. As they all interact and communicate their feelings and resolve their misconceptions, they find that everything is not as it seemed. Thayne weaves their stories together beautifully with this delicious, satisfying read. One quote that I especially liked has Henry telling Olivia, “We’re all afraid. The trick is figuring out that the thing you need is just on the other side of that fear. The only way you can reach it is by going right through the center of it.” It was true for the characters in the story, and I think it can definitely be applied in our lives. I’m looking forward to more wonderful stories from this author. 4.5 stars I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 12 days ago
The Sea Glass Cottage is RaeAnne Thayne's latest novel set in the town of Cape Sanctuary, CA. This is the same town that her previous novel 'The Cliff House' was set in. A few of the characters from the previous novel made appearances in this one also. I was wishing this story was about them instead of this family. While I thoroughly enjoyed The Cliff House I found it difficult to be sympathetic to the Harper family in this story- mom Juliet, daughter Olivia and 'teen with an attitude' Caitlin. I really wanted to like this book as much as The Cliff House but could never connect with all the secrets and drama attached to these three. They're all carrying secrets and burdens that they are afraid to share with even their own family, in fact they don't even know how to communicate with each other. The highlight of the story was waiting to see if Juliet and Olivia were going to find true love with old friends Henry and Cooper and if Caitlin was going to finally discover through a DNA test who her father is. I have really enjoyed all of RaeAnne Thayne's other books, this one just wasn't my favorite.
gdsnv 12 days ago
The Sea Glass Cottage is a wonderful story that weaves a tale about a family, and its extended family, that crosses and turns and then backs up and comes around again – in a good way! I can’t begin to tell you the story, without giving spoilers and over simplifying, but I can tell you what I liked about it. Olivia (Liv) leaves Seattle to come home to help take care of her mother after an accident. Her niece Caitlin is there, living with her Mom as Liv’s sister (Natalie) has been dead a long time and Caitlin has been part of their immediate family for many years. Really, this story is about all three of these characters finding their family unit again – at least to me. They have some bumps and some big hurdles to overcome and the author tells a great story all about that journey. Along the way, friends of the family step in and up to make even deeper connections to these three and some of those roads you never see coming. My heart broke for Liv as she is dealing with much in her (Seattle) life. Juliet, her mother, was dealing with a lot of baggage herself but as only a daughter could say, she left a LOT unsaid and it affected her relationship to her daughter and granddaughter. And Caitlin; oh boy. She was a very **headstrong* teenager but hey! Weren’t we all at her age? I guess the big thing for me in this book was that it was about these three women of different generations, finding their way to happiness. There were great guys (I’ll just mention Cooper here!) but they weren’t the main focus of the story. I liked that. Great read. Very heartwarming. And it may make you think of your own family relationships.
rphdarla 12 days ago
The many emotions of The Sea Glass Cottage: This is a heartfelt story of the secrets kept from family that hinder the relationships between generations. Main characters are the mother Juliet, daughter Olivia, and granddaughter (niece) Caitlin. Of course each of these three have a guy friend that is lovingly supportive throughout the book, always nice to have a little romance thrown in to add to the story, right! Olivia gets called home after 12 years of being away in order to help her mother recover after an injury. It is not a good time for Liv as she is battling her own emotional/panic issues resulting from being witness to a crazed attack at a local coffee shop. She arrives back at Cape Sanctuary to find that her 15 year old niece Caitlin is going through tough times as well and blaming them mostly on her for being away for so long. Caitlin is being raised by her grandmother, Juliet, ever since her mother, Natalie, overdosed years earlier. Caitlin is now at an age where she wants to know who her father is and secretly does an DNA ancestry test to find some answers. In the mean time, Juliet also has health related secrets she has been keeping from her daughter and granddaughter. If only they would realize that the secrets each of them keeps could pull them together rather than wedge them apart. The book is told in alternating perspectives so that we get to visualize reactions and feelings of each woman throughout the story. The way the author weaves the three main characters as well as the friends and townspeople into the heart of the story makes you keep turning page after page and even shed a few tears until we reach the sweet happy ending.
Terri_C 12 days ago
Ms. Thayne certainly has a winner with The Sea Glass Cottage. She has delved into many different types of relationships in this book. She explores mother/daughter, big sister's best friend, man/woman best friend, women's best friend, extended family and man/woman (just to name a few-ha!). She has somehow taken what appears above to be a royal mess and blended them all into a message of love and forgiveness that certainly resonated with me. The book was full of secrets--some intentional, some not. The plot flowed well and kept me engrossed in the story. I loved every page of it! I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
MugsyMae 12 days ago
The Sea Glass Cottage is another heartwarming read from RaeAnne Thayne. A grandmother, daughter, and granddaughter are all dealing in their own way with the loss of someone they love. As fate brings them back together, they learn to lean on each other and trust the ones they love with the secrets they've been keeping. A great inspirational story that I really enjoyed reading.
nfam 12 days ago
Three Generations of Women Must Face Their Mutual Dependence Olivia is struggling with her life in Seattle. She thought it was what she wanted when she left Cape Sanctuary, but now her job is just work, and her relationship with her boyfriend is unsatisfactory. She’s also having panic attacks in public places because she witnessed a crazed customer attack a barista in the coffee shop she frequents. When a call comes from her best friend that her mother, Julia, has had a bad fall from a ladder, Olivia knows that she must go home even though she and her mother have been estranged for years. Olivia’s father was killed in a fire and ever since her mother has been running a garden center by herself and bringing up her granddaughter, Caitlin. Caitlin feels resentment that Olivia has been away for such a long time and worries that it will disrupt her relationship with Julia. Caitlin is illegitimate, the daughter of Olivia’s sister, Natalie, who died of a drug overdose, and an unknown father. Using a DNA test registry, Caitlin is trying to find her father. The complex personal relationships make this an interesting book. However, the women have been hiding from each other for so long you want to shake them. The story is told from multiple perspectives so we get to know each of the main characters. I found the contrasting viewpoints helpful in understanding their relationships. This is a slow moving romantic story. I thought the men, Vance Cooper Olivia’s old crush, and Henry, who lives next door to Julia, were one of the best features of the story. They were strong men, but caring. If you enjoy romance in a beautiful setting, you’ll like this story. I received this book from Harlequin for this review.
JuliaAD 12 days ago
I really liked all the characters. They all have secrets and they all feel guilty about something. Olivia and her mother have a strained relationship. All of a sudden, Olivia's relationship with her niece is strained. When her mother takes a fall and needs help, Olivia goes back home. She says it will be temporary, but she starts to remember all the things she loved about her hometown and kind of forget the reasons she wanted to leave. Cooper couldn't leave town fast enough, but he back to help his sister. What he doesn't bargain for, is a whole new life. Will Olivia stay and will they all let go of the past?