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A Cottage by the Sea

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,557 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews

"Do not start unless you want to be up all night!...Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, you'll believe in the ability of love to transcend time and place and the wonder of Ciji Ware's writing. Superb!" —Romantic Times (Gold Medal review)

One woman, one man, one shared fate...

A remote cottage on the wild coast of Cornwall sounded to Blythe Barton Stowe like the

Kindle Edition, 546 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published July 1st 1996)
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Katherine Coble
Apr 11, 2011 Katherine Coble rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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
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
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 05, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2013 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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,
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
Kelly Moran
May 15, 2010 Kelly Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
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
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
For my second ( yes, second ) review...

I read this quite some time ago, now. I found it rather by accident, meandering through Barnes & Noble. The title caught my eye, and I pulled it from the shelf. Upon reading the synopsis, I discovered that the book takes place not far from my home, in Dorset...and I was immediately pulled in.
I am a sucker for books that take place in England especially.

The spectacular descriptions of the countryside and the people encountered, is wonderful. The story
Amy Bruno
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
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
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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
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
May 26, 2010 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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...I think? and 'sacked' from school, what IS that?!

Then things were 'translated' for the English locals that are well used and well known sayings that have been for YEARS! My grandparents used them AND THEY WERE SCOTTISH!...I actually got annoyed that the English persons weren't
Madeline Gannon
Island of the Swans was the first book I read by Ciji Ware, which proved to be a mistake if I planned on enjoying any of her other books. It seems the historical mastery presented in Island of the Swans is the exception from Ware, not the rule. Thus, A Cottage by the Sea fell quite short of my expectations...

Overall, I seemed to be rolling my eyes more often than not when reading this book. The cultural references were CHEESY AS HELL, and by the end I was desperate for Blythe to stop using her "
May 16, 2010 Terra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!

May 26, 2011 Jolie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2011 Laurel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2013 ~Leslie~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-kindle
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
Jul 01, 2016 Marli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I had hoped. This is a muddled blend of modern romance, paranormal, and historical fiction. While I felt sorry for the main character and absolutely loved the descriptions of the Cornish scenery and settings, I found the story just didn't grab me enough to care. I found the female historical ancestor a spiteful, witchy, stubborn, childish hag whom I wish more bad things had happened to.
The modern part of the story had a better romance but it dragged on with plenty of sexual encou
Apr 15, 2011 Misfit marked it as did-not-finish
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.
Jo Notary
546p A remote cottage on the wild coast of Cornwall sounded to Blythe Barton Stowe like the perfect escape from the pain and humiliation of recent events in her Hollywood life. But soon she seems to be reliving a centuries-old tragedy, and the handsome owner of the shabby manor house on the hill appears vitally entwined in her destiny. As they unearth one shocking family secret after another, Blythe is forced to conclude that her intriguing neighbor is more than just an impecunious British gentl ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Meh...A little too Wyoming folksy meets Mr. Darcy.
May 21, 2015 Tess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-slip, fiction
A solid "meh." The parts that took place in the 18th century were much more interesting and well written. The present day story-line on the other hand was fraught with cliches, tired tropes, and pages of description of the main character's inner dialog. The whole cowgirl/ Wyoming angle was way overdone, and I seriously grew to hate Blythe's dead grandmother whose folksy quips she was always quoting. It was just too much with the dual story-lines of 18th century Cornwall and the present and took ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Marsha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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. Her latest release is THAT WINTER IN VENICE, a "tale of two cities--Venice and New Orleans-- and the rising waters threatening a glittering ball and two globetrotting Americans seeking a port in the storm." A former radi ...more
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