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Cottage by the Sea (Hideaway #3)

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From bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn—a poignant novel about a woman who must care for her ill and elderly father, hoping to mend both his health and their relationship.

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 t
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Howard Books
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Laura de Leon
My opinions on this book are mixed-- conflicted, even.

I have to start out by saying that I've been reluctant to read Christian fiction. One reason is that I really don't want to read a book that preaches at me. That was not an issue at all with this book. The other is that I really don't want there to be a shortcut, where God reaches down and fixes everything, and the righteous live happily ever after. This was an issue for me with Cottage by the Sea.

On the one hand, I really liked Erin and the
Joy Gerbode
Dec 24, 2013 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am still trembling with the emotions! This is one of the best books I have ever read. There was SO MUCH to like I hardly know where to begin.
1. Each chapter began with an Irish blessing. I am in love with all things Irish, so this made it special to me from the beginning!
2. The protagonist of the story constantly reflects on things her mother said, or things her mother had written in her journal, and they were truly profound things, all helping me with my current journey to develop a more
Nov 07, 2012 Ali rated it did not like it
I found myself frustrated by this book. I was excited with her starting her new business and wanted to hear how that was going to work out. Then before she even went on her first appointment she gets the call that sends her rushing to visit her father (which I would have too, don't get me wrong). While there we see that she hasn't had the best relationship with her father because he remarried and moved away after her mother died. He expresses in his way that he wishes she had visited before and ...more
Jun 29, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it
I had a strange relationship with the book Cottage by the Sea by Robin Jones Gunn. That may sound weird, but it is truly the only way I can think to describe how I felt about it. I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it for anyone to read. Yet at the same time, the story very closely resembled my own recently. While I won't go into detail about that, I will say it was both comforting and uncomfortable.

My favorite part of this book was how the author made the characters so real. Each one had g
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Jul 10, 2012 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
Erin and her friend Sharlene have just started their own wedding business called The Happiest Day, when Erin receives a phone call that her dad has had a stroke, she rushes to the Oregon coast to see how he is because his new wife Delores is not at all what Erin believes is right for her dad. Her father tells her to go back home since she has just started her own business, she does. During her son Jordon's wedding reception which her father and Delores were suppose to attend she finds out that ...more
Kathy Vossler
Aug 07, 2013 Kathy Vossler rated it it was amazing
Loved it! For anyone going through the death of a loved one, or previously unloved one, this is a great journey of self-inspection and learning to put yourself in other's shoes.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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
Victor Gentile
Jul 06, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Robin Jones Gunn in her new book, “Cottage by the Sea” published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Erin Bryce.

From the Back Cover: The Happiest day…may be just around the corner.

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
Lisa Johnson
Nov 03, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: Cottage by the Sea
Author: Robin Jones Gunn
Pages: 248
Year: 2012
Publisher: Howard Books
Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow my other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... and on twitter @lcjohnson1988
What a great story! This is a contemporary work of fiction, but it is easy to see very real emotions and actions in very lifelike situations as shown by the characters. The main character is Erin, who is a 50-something-year-old, married,
Jul 13, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
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 weddin
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
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. H
Jul 08, 2012 Carly rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Robin Jones Gunn! I especially love her Sisterchicks books, I wish she would write more of them. I hate to say this, but I have mixed feelings about Cottage by the Sea. Before I get to what I didn’t like, I would like to focus on the positive things.

Anyone who has read one of Robin’s books knows what an outstanding writer she is. Her easy going writing style makes her books a real treat to read. Cottage by the Sea had a lot of tender and sentimental moments that Robin is know
Fay Fawcett
What a lovely book. All of us have to think about taking care of elderly parents. This book is about a married woman who has just started a new business and must decide between the business and her father, who has had a serious stroke. I loved it, very caring.
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jul 05, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
Every so often, I read a novel that causes me to feel things incredibly deeply, submerging me into the pain and joy, trials and triumphs of the characters in a truly tangible way. Cottage by the Sea is one such novel, poignant, rich, reaching down into my soul and leaving me moved by the story contained within its pages. My heart both broke and rejoiced as I read Erin's story and watched her walk through a journey of discovery with her father, a journey that ultimately led to true healing for ...more
Maryann Taylor
Feb 11, 2016 Maryann Taylor rated it really liked it
So glad I discovered Robin Jones Gunn. Sometimes I felt like she was inside my mind because I have experienced so many things that she wrote about. The main character, Erin, has just achieved a long hoped for dream, but she must choose whether to sacrifice that dream for a higher purpose. The story is filled with beautifully expressed truths that really resonated with me. Erin gets courage and inspiration from some journal entries written by her deceased mother, but it is not overdone (you don't ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, kindle, 2012
I grew up reading books by Robin Jones Gunn, beginning with Christy Miller. I love that the characters I grew up with continue to show up in future books, even if they aren't a part of a series! It's kind of like a sneak peek into their future lives.

This book offers a poignant look at a woman dealing with her aging father. In some ways, it reminded me of my grandfather, after my grandmother passed away. His re-marriage was difficult for me, mostly because I felt like he was not acknowledging my
Jul 10, 2012 Cafelilybookreviews rated it it was amazing
I read most of this book, choking back the tears. Cottage By The Sea is a very emotional, touching book that tells a powerful story.

Erin Bryce is starting some new chapters in her life as business owner, mother of the groom, and mother-in-law. As she prepares to embark on these new and exciting adventures, an unexpected medical crisis with her father brings her plans to a screeching halt. Erin rushes to be by her father’s side and faces her difficult step-mother while trying to reconnect with he
Jul 10, 2015 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am a huge Robin Jones Gunn fan! I love the way she winds the presence of God into all her novels... This book was based in Isaiah 45:3 I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by name. Beautiful. Loved the quote "There are no shortcuts in committed love. This is your path. No matter how long or lonely it may be right now, to experience the fullness of love, you must go the distance. Only the ...more
Apr 19, 2014 Fay rated it liked it
I chose this novel for two reasons. First, I share the last name of the author and second, I like the cover. Otherwise, I had little to no sense of what the book was about. I also did not know that Robin Jones Gunn fell into the category of Christian writers. All that said, I enjoyed this story. There was no mystery to it, just a nice family story that deals with family devotion as well as one's faith and perhaps, its role in one's life. One element that I really enjoyed was that every chapter ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Robin Jones Gunn is an inspirational contemporary fiction. This story has a connection to Ms. Gunn's "Sierra Jensen" series,however is a stand alone. A heartwarming and touching tale of love,sacrifice,family,faith,grief,compassion,loss,heartache,forgiveness,joy,triumph,and healing. With realistic characters and a touch of reality to this author's own life,readers will not regret "Cottage By The Sea",but BE WARNED you may need tissues,along with a good dose of ...more
May 07, 2013 ChrisGA rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story of daughter in her 50s who puts her job and husband on hold to be a caregiver for her father as he struggles with the effects of a devastating stroke until his death. She learns to enjoy the time as she helps him find peace and reconciliation, and she finds hidden blessings in the darkness of his illness. So many special moments would not have happened had life just "been normal". Most of all, the time in the father's cottage by the sea gives Erin time to listen to ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was sent to me from Libby Reed at Howard Books for a honest and fair review. Thank you Libby! What a great journey Erin goes on, just as she is launching her business The Happiest Day she gets a phone call from her stepmother tellins her Jack O'Reilly her father has had a stroke. Erin puts everything on hold to go to him, finding out he's ok, or so she thinks she returns home after a few days. Not long afterwards Erin has to return to the Cottage by the Sea to her father's side as he ...more
Pamela Hubbard
This was not my favourite of Gunn's books, but it still had her signature depth and spirituality. The characters were relatable and the story was heartbreaking. The emotions were also very raw and I felt them myself as I read the book and put myself in the character's shoes. The first part of the book felt rushed, which is why I struggled with the book. It felt like the story and characters were disjointed and not introduced well, but then the book settled in halfway through and the rest of the ...more
While this isn't one of my favorites by RJG, it is still a well-crafted, deeply emotional and personal story worth reading for her fans, fans of the genre, or those experiencing a similar situation. The beginning of the book felt rushed, as Erin learns of the first of her father's strokes and quickly travels to his side. Jump to a year and a half later, we witness Sierra and Jordan's wedding before Erin learns that she must rush to his side again following a more devastating stroke. From that ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Darlene rated it it was amazing
I have read a bazillion of Robin Jones Gunn's books. She and Frank Peretti are by far my favorite Christian authors. They are worlds apart, of course, but I love their work.

The setting for a lot of Robin's books is "beachy". They are perfect for vacation reads.
I've had a copy of Cottage by the Sea for a year or two, waiting on the right time to read it.

This is NOT the typical happy beach read. This book was sad. I cried three times in the last few chapters. I don't think I have ever cried in one
Alison Stanley
Dec 31, 2012 Alison Stanley rated it really liked it
This was a well-written book with good character development. It wasn't my favourite book by Robin Jones Gunn, as the main character in the book is about my mum's age and at a different stage of life to me, but I still found it easy to read and a good book to pick up and read a couple of chapters before bed. It was a bonus to be able to find out more about Sierra and Jordan (the book follows on from Love finds you at Sunset Beach). You'll like this book if you enjoy the Sisterchick series, ...more
Jessie Weaver
Sep 18, 2014 Jessie Weaver rated it really liked it
It was obvious that Robin poured a lot of her heart from dealing with her own father's stroke into this great fiction work. Robin tells the story of Erin (the mother-in-law of Sierra Jensen), who travels to her dad's cottage in remote Oregon when he has a stroke. Through his sickness, she learns about herself and God. I think this is some of Robin Jones Gunn's best, really touching into the heart of forgiveness, friendship, and family relations.
Rochelle Tindall
Aug 16, 2015 Rochelle Tindall rated it it was amazing
Another lovely story. I liked the Irish blessings at the start of each chapter.
Another book where other Robin Jones Gunn stories seem to intertwine. I haven't read the Sierra Jensen books but I'm sure those who have will have appreciated catching up on that part of her story. And Tony from "Under A Maui Moon" turned out to be Erin's brother. There was even a fleeting visit to Glenbrooke by Erin and Tony.
Aug 01, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
Picked this book, thinking it was light reading, just. 4 weeks after my father died. I experienced the same things as Erin did as she cared for her father at the end of his life. I said the same words to my father to comfort him. I saw his spirit leave him and felt the same way Erin did. The book gave me comfort and soothed my soul.
Dec 06, 2012 Maryann rated it it was amazing
I have read some criticism of this book because of the timing of some of the events. I have to admit that I can't agree with that. Do things happen in the way we always want, no, but as in life things often don't happen at the time best for us. Erin has to make difficult choices and does so with peace, and the support of her husband.
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ROBIN JONES GUNN is the much loved author of over 90 books with more than 5 million copies of her titles sold worldwide. Her Father Christmas books are a Hallmark Original movie. Her popular Christy Miller series now continues in Christy & Todd: The Married Years. Robin's novels and non-fiction works have received multiple awards and are a favorite with book clubs and study groups. Robin and ...more
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