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A Cottage by the Sea

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,749 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Some might call it running away . . .

But after a scandalous Hollywood divorce, Blythe Stowe considered it damage control for body and soul. The pain, the humiliation, the daily tabloids shouting details as her famous husband dumped her for her own sister demanded a serious getaway: to the wild coast of Cornwall and a cottage by the sea that her Wyoming grandmother claimed...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1997)
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This was a good book with a duel timeline (current year and 1789) with most of the story taking place off the Cornish coast. As much as I liked this book, for some reason I felt like I couldn't connect with the characters from the story. Blythe, the main character takes a trip to the Cornish coast to escape after a devastating divorce and during her stay she begins to have episodes/flash backs of times from the past. Blythe also meets the handsome Lucas Teague the owner of the manor house that s...more
First Published – 1997
Re-issue with a few minor adjustments by author - 2010

This was a free offer from Amazon and after a brief look I thought I’d give this a try. This is a new to me author and overall, I enjoyed the story.

The beginning was somewhat slow and I found myself lightly skimming. Both the H/h are very likable characters, however, in the beginning, I failed to connect with this couple and found myself lightly skimming. A plot twist involving brief spells of time-travel and a mystery...more
Katherine Coble
I didn't make it all the way through.

I hung on through the anti-feminist "you stole my man, ho" opener, replete with every negative cliche a romance novel can take. I really don't enjoy having the first ten pages hit you over the head with how beautiful/famous/wealthy/tragic the main character is. THIS book hits you with ALL FOUR.

I read books like this to go on vacation in my mind. To go to a place where people don't have to work lousy jobs for low pay to eke out an existence. This author had a...more
Kathleen Kelly
This story by Ciji Ware is an enjoyable read. I was not sure what to expect as I had not read anything by her before. Once I started reading it I was hooked. I enjoyed the characters and I am always up for a little supernatural or reincarnation in a story. There is enough mystery, romance and history to keep the reader enthralled to the end. Blythe is a fan of Daphne du Maurier's novels and renting a cottage on the Cornwall coast, where a lot of Ms.du Maurier's novels take place, is just what sh...more
Christy B
When I finished with A Cottage By the Sea, I realized that I had just finished my first time-travel book. The time traveling was interesting, here. Blythe would put her finger on a name on a genealogy tree and say the name and... BOOM! She was back in time, 200 years ago, seeing things from that person's perspective.

Let me tell you how Blythe got to this genealogy tree. First of all, her scumbag husband cheated on her, with her own sister! The present day story opens with Blythe divorcing her hu...more
Kelly Moran
Author Ciji Ware has been an Emmy-winning television producer, reporter, writer, and radio host. Also a Harvard graduate, she has written several fiction and non-fiction books. She enjoys Scottish history and is a dancing enthusiast. Other titles include: Island of the Swans, Wicked Company, Midnight on Julia Street, A Light on the Veranda, and A Race to Splendor. She resides in San Francisco, California with her husband.

After a brutal and highly publicized divorce, Blythe Barton Stowe thinks...more
This is closer to 3.5 stars. It's a good time-slip romance / historical fiction set in Cornwall, with smugglers' caves and secret passageways in the background and a lot of drama in the foreground. There's a messy, public divorce, family conflicts, dealing with the death of loved ones, child-rearing philosophy, cultural differences between modern Americans and Brits, career upheaval, tea drinking, gardening, and crystal ball hypnosis. A strange mix of 90s psycho-babble and historical romance / t...more
My Thoughts: Let me just say that Ciji Ware is quickly moving up in rank on my list of favorite authors! I am so grateful that Sourcebooks is re-issuing her books, I don't think I would have found them any other way and that for sure would have been tragic!

A Cottage by the Sea is about a woman running way from her present, discovering a connection to her ancestors, all the while attempting to come to terms with her past and finding true love along the way.

Blythe is a Hollywood production design...more
This historical fiction, fantasy, romance novel reminded me of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. The story takes place in contemporary times and in the 18th century. Blythe Barton Stowe is visiting Cornwall after a humiliating divorce. Her grandmother had always told her that her ancestor's came from Cornwall. Blythe stays in the Painter's Cottage at the Barton Hall estates, where she meets Lucas Teague. While in the library of the estate studying a large framed genealogy map, she is transporte...more
Patricia Burroughs
I downloaded the e-sample from Amazon because I saw that this was about a woman who seeks solace and healing in a cottage in Cornwall after an emotionally devastating divorce. Frankly, all I wanted was the Cornwall experience. So when I started reading and it started off as an LA/Hollywood/media frenzy story, it didn't grab me, nor did the heroine's early life on a ranch in Wyoming. None of this was the vibe I'm looking for.

Fortunately the story got to Cornwall just before the sample ended. I wa...more
May 26, 2010 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This is a delightfully fun novel that contains essences of romance and history and modern times all expertly crafted into a cohesive and addictive narrative. Blythe Barton whisks herself to Cornwall to escape the prying reporters and her ruined marriage, and the reader gets to know and like Blythe as she rediscovers herself during this much needed respite. Complete with a captivating historical atmosphere of a misty Cornwall, author Ciji Ware does a fabulous job of recreating the nuances of epic...more
What a load of codswolop!

Seriously. In the end I was only reading it so that I could complain about it, I'm glad it was a free ebook and I didnt pay for it. If the writer ever visited england I'd be damned surprised. several times "English Phrases" were translated for the American, phrases that, being English I've never heard in my life! There was something about "bill of quality", but what they REALLY meant was an estimate... and 'sacked' from school, what?!
Several times things were 'translated...more
A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware is what I consider a true romance novel with a smattering of suspense. The storyline is as solid as a brick wall and captures you from the beginning and keeps you ensnared in it's net of interest right up till the very last words. A book by all accounts that could be a classic in years to come takes you on an emotional journey that will have you wondering if you are not playing the heroine in this vivid sensory tale.

Blythe Barton Stowe needs to escape from the...more
Why I wanted to read it: I have several reasons......

My awesome blogging friend Jen @ Jenny Loves to Read, sent me a copy a LONG time ago because I expressed interest in the book after she reviewed it.
I am drawn to all things Cornwall...I swear one of my ancestors is from this area!
Kaye@Pudgy Penguin listed this as one of her favorite reads for 2010 and I made up a challenge for myself to read some of my favorite bloggers favorite books!
It was C in my 52 Weeks 52 Books Alphabetical challenge!

I normally avoid chick lit like the plague but for some reason, this one really called out to me. Don't know why, but it did and I am glad I read it.

This book had me from the first chapter, when Blythe and her lawyer were riding to the court for her divorce proceedings to the last. I got teary eyed when she drank herself into a stupor the first night in Cornwall and laughed when she met Luke the next day.

The parrell story (the one with Blythe, Kit, Ennis and Garrett) really tugged at my heartstr...more
Free Kindle book. I am usually pretty liberal-minded about paranormal activity but was not able to make a few of the necessary leaps to make this book work for me. The level of melodrama is off the charts. Every few pages there is some fresh emotional quandary that makes it impossible for any issue to be dealt with in a meaningful way (actually the barrage is so outrageous you need to be reminded lest you forget about the earlier ones). Also, the present-day heroine (as opposed to her historic c...more
I really enjoy Ciji Ware's books and this one has to be one of my favorites so far. The characters are so real and the situations so emotional that as a reader it just completely sucks you in. And the time slip occurrences make perfect sense and fit in with the storyline so easily. None of the characters are flat or cardboard cutouts. They all have imperfections and are at times difficult to like. But Luke and Blythe, the two main characters are endearing in their attempts to get life right. And...more
Apr 15, 2011 Misfit marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I yield. This story is a dreadful mess, both the past and the present. Stick to Susannah Kearsley instead or better yet - Dame du Maurier.
Meh...A little too Wyoming folksy meets Mr. Darcy.
Apr 23, 2011 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult Paranormal Romance Lovers
"Cottage By the Sea" is an interesting tale of betrayal,healing, forgiveness and renewal. Where is the paranormal twist? Well, it is definitely in the storyline.

Blythe Barton is divorcing her Hollywood Director husband of eleven years after discovering him in bed with her very own sister. On the final hearing of their divorce, Blythe boards a plane to an area of England, Cornish that her grandmother had spoken so of so fondly for all of her life. She stays at a little cottage by the sea, owned b...more
From My Blog....[return][return]A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware is an intriguing, enticing, complex and romantic novel that will keep readers up long into the night. Blythe Barton Stowe grew up in Wyoming, married and became famous in California and is facing a humiliating divorce and scandal in Hollywood. Blythe decides it is time to get away from the media circus and heads to Cornwell for some peace and quiet and to research some of her ancestors who are from Cornwall. She manages to rent a...more

I . . . loved this book! Loved it!! It has so many elements that appeal to me in a story. First off, the fabulous setting of Cornwall in a stone cottage overlooking the sea. I could picture that cottage and surroundings as if I were watching a movie. *Sigh*, such beautifully descriptive writing! Add in a woman who is trying to re-invent the rest of her life after a nasty ever-so-public hollywood divorce and a lonely widower in the manor house just a little way up the path. A kindly housekeeper,...more
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This is the first novel I have ever read by Ciji Ware and I am sure it won't be my last. A Cottage by The Sea is an addictive read that took me through every page with a comforting ease while I got hooked on the life like characters along the way...a novel of true romance with droppings of suspense and humour in all the right places and if that wasn't enough then the hunk Lucas was!!

Ciji wrote her characters with great thoroughness and I admire that..I loved Blythe she was a strong and spunky ch...more
A Cottage by the Sea was my first book by Ciji Ware and I am so grateful I had the chance to read this incredible book. It had everything that normally interests me - - a Hollywood background, an English setting, a bit of history and touches of the supernatural. So good was this book, it kept me up until after 3 a.m. to find out what was going to happen.

I was entranced from the first page, between author Ciji Ware's enchanting writing and a heroine that I not only really liked but could relate...more
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Blythe decides to spend her summer, alone in Cornwall, in order to sift through her thoughts and emotions regarding her recent public divorce and humiliation at the hands of her now ex-husband (the cheeky bastard). Blythe picks Cornwall because her Grandmom always said she had roots there. Turns out to be true and apparently things did not go well with Blythe's ancestors either. They also had some trouble in the love department, to put it mildly. Without giving the story away, Blythe realizes yo...more
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A COTTAGE BY THE SEA[return]by Ciji Ware[return]Sourcebooks Landmark[return]9781402222702[return]June 2010[return]$15.99US/$18.99CAN[return]544 pages[return][return][return][return]Blythe Barton, desperate and mortified following her highly publicized Hollywood divorce from the flamboyant director Christopher Stowe, flees to England, the land of her ancestors for solitude and rest. Even the millions that become hers in the settlement will not assuage the humiliation she suffered when she discove...more
Mar 27, 2012 Darlene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yvensong, Cher-lynn Maynard, S. Michele, Tom
Recommended to Darlene by: Kindle, Kobo freebie
Floundering between books and the computers are off I found this old one (one of the first freebies downloaded to my Kindle and to my Kobo desktop app. Loved the title but just couldn't get into the book. Too much Hollywood/divorce crap and not enough Cottage by the Sea. Couldn't find a reason to like the characters. The plot seemed to be heading for romance territory. Meh.

After I posted this review I read other reviews on Amazon and feel maybe I should go back and try to read this.

This wa...more
Feb 11, 2013 Leya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
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Carole Lehr Johnson
Blythe Stowe has been jilted by her famous movie director husband. After years of marriage—and their successful business relationship—Blythe’s marriage is over because of her husband’s infidelity with her younger sister. Following a bitter divorce settlement, she goes for a sabbatical to a picturesque cottage in Cornwall where her ancestors were thought to have lived before immigrating to America.

Blythe’s summer cottage by the sea is located on the property of Lucas Teague’s centuries old estat...more
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Ciji Ware, a graduate of Harvard University in History, is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary fiction, and two works of nonfiction. A former radio and TV broadcaster for 23 years in Los Angeles, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been married 37 years to the same gent. Her family circle includes a grown son and daughter-in-law and now tw...more
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