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Cottage by the Sea

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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
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Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Howard Books (first published July 3rd 2012)
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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
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Joy Gerbode
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ali
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lena Morrison
I really don't like it when I feel like books are in between 2 or 3 stars. :/ That's the case for this book.

I like Robin Jones Gunn's writing, but it seems I need to be in a certain mood for reading. Robin's stories are usually more focused on emotions and deep truths rather than original plots and plot twists. That's totally okay, I think, but I feel like reading a book with a really engaging plot right now. That's why I gave it a lower rating.

The story was pretty good, and I felt the emotions
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Candy
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andi
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h ...more
Kathy Vossler
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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 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 wed
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Heather
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A poignant story about a daughter's decision to stay with her father after he falls ill. She must decide the best course of action because she's being pulled between caring for him, having him move back to where she lives and the fact that she just started a business with her best friend.

It was a very good read with a pleasant ending.
Gayla Douglas
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of my favorite reads. I could relate to Erin in so many ways as my mother had many strokes and I was her caregiver. How this author wrote this is exactly how I felt during my journey with my mother and her health. Thank you for putting it all on paper so others can read and possibly feel how it is to live through such an experience.
Liz
Another poignant read by Robin Jones Gunn. She takes a difficult topic, an aging parent, and makes it a realistic story of a daughter's struggle, caught between conflicting emotions and responsibilities.
Kelly
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it amazing how you think you have things all set up for your life and your future and then just in one second, everything changes. i like this book because this is what happened, and Erin really learned a lot and was drawn closer to God in the process. Very well done!
Laura Schrillo
A sweet book about doing what is right even when it is difficult and the hidden blessings God sprinkles in our lives.
Dorothy A.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and it was a very easy read. Very touching and emotional.
Natalie Moore
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully crafted, heart warming and tear bringing story of a daughter's love for her father.
Joni
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Family relationships are difficult. This book deals with them honestly.
Ruth
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the Irish blessings at beginning of each chapter.
Lisa
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little heavier than the usual Robin Jones Gunn; however, still an amazing book!
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
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Victor Gentile
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lisa Johnson
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Robin
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Carly
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christian Fiction Addiction
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 bo ...more
Maryann Taylor
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Melnyk
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fiction, 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
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Cafelilybookreviews
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
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Jo
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 str ...more
Fay
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 s ...more
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