In 1967, Thomas and Martha believed their love would last forever until a devastating series of events tore them apart. With their final touch, they promised to reunite on the jetty where they met. But promises can be broken.
Fifty years later, Christie Ryan inherits a rundown cottage and damaged painting in a seaside town she's never heard of. When she discovers unopened love letters and wedding rings hidden in the attic, the lure of uncovering old family secrets keeps her in River's End instead of joining her fiance on vacation.
She takes the painting to Martin Blake, a reclusive artist with a puzzling, deep resentment of her family. The more he refuses to help, the more Christie digs into a past that he insists is none of their business.
When she opens the love letters and is cast into the romantic, tragic world of Thomas and Martha, Christie knows she must somehow right old wrongs. But at the risk of losing her own future happiness, is the price too high?
A spellbinding story of lost love, courage, and family secrets as the heartbreaking consequences of one woman's manipulation spills across three generations. The must-read novel of 2018.
About the Author
Now living in regional Victoria, Australia on a small acreage close to a mountain range, Phillipa's great loves - apart from writing - are her family of two young adult sons and her husband, their Labrador, music, fine wine, and friends.
Phillipa is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Readers Association Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review What it’s about… Christie is a professional make-up artist just back from a big photo shoot. She lives with Derek. Derek is a real estate developer with tickets to go on holiday to Lizard Island before Christie’s even unpacked. No problem, he’s packed for her. Let’s go! But just as they are going out the door, Christie receives a telegram from Angus, a long-time family retainer, telling her that Gran has died and Christie is needed for the estate and the funeral. Well, of course, she is. Gran was her only relative. Gran saw to her after her parents died. And now she’s dead. Christie arrives in River’s End grieving for Gran, confused about Derek and their relationship, and exhausted beyond belief desperately trying to understand what’s going on or more accurately, what’s happened. She needs sleep, answers, and support. None of which is going to happen anytime soon, it seems. Why has Gran left her the cottage? What is the story behind the damaged painting in the tube? Why were the love letters never opened? Who was the older woman in the cemetery? What does the handsome surfer have to do with all of this? Why is his dog so sweet and he’s so surly? And why has Derek left her to deal with all of this on her own? Technical Tidbits… I loved the cover with the parchment as a reference to the old letters. The picture of the old cottage with the key to the cottage or the box were nice touches as well. And the red ribbon to tie the letters up was another nice reference to the story. Together they all created a charming cover for a wonderful story! The storyline was great. The author took us back and forth between the two main relationships and time to tell the whole story, which created nice depth to both stories. It added nice depth to the characters as well as you learned things that happened before and during their youth and current times. The pace was good throughout. Each time I thought it might start to lag, it would pick right up. It was just time to take a breath before moving in another direction. The tension never lets up from page one until the end. It holds your attention in a way that doesn’t let you relax enough to put it down until you know all the answers to Christie’s questions. The quality of the writing is such that you are able to work things out right along with her and sometimes a bit before her. No magical surprises at the very end that you couldn’t have foreseen This is where my review stops before the spoiler happen. To see the spoiler go to https://bluecatreview.wordpress.com
"The Stationmaster's Cottage" by Phillipa Nefri Clark is my first read from this author and I loved the story so much that I couldn't put the book down. Christie Ryan is a famous makeup artist and she is engaged to Derek. They don't see each other very often so Derek booked a trip for them to go away. On the day of their departure Christie finds out her Grandmother passed away. She tells her fiance that she must go to her funeral and Derek wasn't too happy about it, but re-booked her to fly out of River's End after the funeral. Derek is very controlling and didn't like to be ignored. When Christie arrives in River's End she finds that her estranged Grandmother left her a cottage. The house was in disarray, but something drew Christie to the house, and as it turns out there is a mystery surrounding her Grandmother's sister. Martin Blake comes in to help out Christie, and they both find themselves attracted to each other. There is one problem. Martin and his family are tied into the mystery. There is so much to this story, and I don't want to give anything away by writing more. Please pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.