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The House on the Beach

(Pilgrim Cove #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  4,618 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Laura McCloud has a bright future but needs a place to pick up the pieces of her life and career after losing her mom, her boyfriend and surviving a battle with breast cancer. A script that doesnt play well for a single woman. Happy childhood summers in Pilgrim Cove pull her back to town and a stay in Sea View House.

Matthew Parker, his two young sons and his dad have
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 6th 2016 (first published March 1st 2004)
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Laura McCloud, a narrator and voice over artist, has just lost her mother on the heels of her own battle with breast cancer and being dumped by her boyfriend because he couldnt handle her illness. Needing a restorative period, she looks to Pilgrim Cove, her familys annual vacation venue by the ocean, only a ferry ride from her Boston home. Shes leased the Sea View House by the islands real estate caretaker who recognizes her need of the special gifts the house seems to offer its temporary ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Didn't finish after page 57. This may be an okay read I just don't have patience for these sleeper romances that are a dime a dozen. The characters are just okay. forgettable and dull. The tired, worn out conflict of 'im not looking for a relationship right now' is the main conflict here. Sigh. I also don't like the varying points of views. I know what everyone is thinking about at all times about everything. Result=no mystery or intrigue. I just like books that are unique and have ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I adored this sweet love story that focused on the characters & building relationships instead of on the physical. The cast was fun and made the book that much more enjoyable. I plan to read the rest of the books in this series. 4.5 Stars!
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first in the Pilgrim Cove series and a companion, I guess, to the Seaview House series.

Both series take place in Pilgrim's Cove, and center around a main character who lives in SeaView House. There are many of the same characters in both.

I'm at a loss to understand why there are two series about the same town and same house that houses people who need some healing in one form or another. I wrote the author to clarify that both were about the same town and house and she confirms
Alex ♈
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet and safe read. Poignant.

Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and liked the characters. I particularly liked that you got to know others in the community, not just focussed entirely on the main characters. 3.5 stars.
Elena Johansen
Plodding and predictable, without enough conflict, with too much emphasis on the townspeople and not enough on the romance.

Seriously, there's an entire chapter devoted to a scene in the local diner where seven different old men who eat breakfast together regularly are introduced to the leading lady. One of them is the hero's father, and one of them she already knows because he rented her "the house on the beach," but why did we have to bother with the other five? What purpose do they serve in
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, romance, 2019
This was very cute. I especially loved the town of Pilgrim Cove, loved how the town welcomed Laura and the other new comers. It was interesting how Laura and Matt were dealing with things on the same issue but coming at them for different perspectives. I was glad that they were able to work things out, they made a great couple and a cute family.
Julie Barrett
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
House on the Beach by Linda Barrett
Laura comes to the island to recuperate and the real estate agent has the perfect house for her. It's held by a trust and they coup some of the monthly costs so her cost is lower than normal.
Love the area of the island offshore of the mainland. Lots of time to walk on the beach and think. Her mother is now gone and she had given up so much of her life to tend to her needs. She's also a few years cancerfree.
Love her career of being in broadcast business and is
J. Florence
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book, even though it was kind of predictable. A new girl in town, a small town at that, a past schoolmate that had lost his wife, add children and a kitten to the mix and you have a good book.

This book was a book that I read at every second when I had spare time. There is a lot more to this book than what I wrote above. A child that stutters and is bullied at school, his loss of a wife to cancer, and her fight with cancer, and how they worked through all of that.

All these
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully sweet story about how, at times, we just need to take care of ourselves in order to realize we need to learn to love again. Linda retreats to a summer vacation home in Pilgrim Cove to regroup after losing her mom, surviving breast cancer, and dealing with a boyfriend who could not handle the cancer. Linda hopes her childhood memories of Pilgrims Cove will help her re-energize. Matthew has two wonderful sons but is still dealing with the death of his wife to cancer. Can Linda trust ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Deep, heart wrenching and fun!

Very good story with great players Laura and Matt are terrific as we watch their love story take shape. Both have endured bouts of cancer with loved ones and Laura herself. Ms. Barrett has great insight from having suffered firsthand and it is amazing the courage she has shown to write about it. The supporting cast fondly known as the ROMEOS are delightful and Matts sons add great character and a sense of humor to it all. Well thought out the start of a series about
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-chlenge
A tale that combines romance rekindled and contemporary problems. The heroine of the story has suffered a great deal from the death of her mother as well as having been diagnosed breast cancer. She wants to get away from it all and returns to a small island, a ferry boat ride from Boston, where she attempts to put her life back on track. She meets someone who had appeared in her youth while visiting the island with her parents. Now he is still even more attractive and attracted to her. She needs ...more
Debra Dunn
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't Stop Reading

Started this as a before bedtime read, but read until finished at dawn. Story flowed. Wonderful angles revealed for each family member. Good for romantics, ones who have given up hope for happily ever after. Good life encouragement and great example of medical team as extended family support.
Pat Wright
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good clean book. Loved this series.
Bette Stanek
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Book one of the Pilgrim Cove series. This series is a spin-off of the Sea View House series or vice versa. Either way, many of the characters appear in both. Who would those characters be? Why, the ROMEOs, of course! That merry band of retired men whose purpose in life is now matchmaking. They use the backdrop of the Sea View House to work their magic, or would that be machinations?

The latest victims are Matt Parker and Laura McCloud. Matt is a native of Pilgrim Cove. He and his dad own the
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Linda Barrett that I remember reading but I really enjoyed it. What really drew me to the book was the fact that it was at the beach and I am a beach lover so I decided to take a chance. I wasn't disappointed.

Laura McClouds mother had just died after three years of caregiving & Laura herself had cancer about a year & a half ago. Her boyfriend had walk away when he found out she had cancer. How much heartbreak can one young person take? Her sister was begging her to come
Elizabeth Bennet
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a nice blend of the past creating fear to love and move on. Matt lost his wife four years before the story starts. He loses her to ovarian cancer and is left raising their two sons. Living with his father and two boys running a small business. I liked his simple ways and gentlemanly ways. He grew up at Pilgrim Cove and there is this small town pride and love vibe that makes me wanting to find such a place.

Laura has just lost her mother and is also a breast cancer survivor. The
Nikki Brown
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: linda-barrett
What a lovely book and a very readable storyline with great characters. Seaview House is a special kind of house, on the beach in Pilgrims Cove. Does it have healing qualities? Things happen to people who stay there, and this book is the 1st in a series of 4 about the people who stay there. It's managed by a trust set up by the founder of the Cove, the Trust made up of several long standing members of the community, many of them ROMEO's!

Book 1 is about Laura and Matt: Laura is a successful voice
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book got me through quite a lot of feelings: I was groaning, close to tears, biting my nails, smiling, chuckling, and towards the end (but not the end as such!) devastated. How to explain all of that without giving any spoilers? I don't think I can, but I will try.
After her Mom's death of cancer, and her own recovery from breast cancer, Laura McCloud retreats to a place where she was happy, to recover completely, both physically and mentally.
Matthew Parker, an inhabitant of Pilgrim Cove,
Sue Moore
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Realistic Entanglement of Illness and Love, with Love being Victorious

This book touches both the grandeur and marvel of new love, with all its ups and downs, and the horror that is cancer. It shows the emotions and fears of both, and the roller coaster of feelings they both can cause. Love takes you to the highest heights and the illness crashes a person to the lowest possible lows. The realism shown both in illness and brand new love is incredibly accurate. A heart can break a million times
Jessica Brown
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hope and love

With Laura trying to overcome a battle of loss of her mother and being a breast cancer survivor all she wanted was to escape to the Sea View house in Pilgrim Cove where she grew up. Little did she know that when she stepped into the home that her long lost high school boyfriend would be there all handsome and charming as ever. As their relationship blossomed and she learned more about the loving and caring Mathew Parker, she shared a little bit of her life with him too. Only a few
Lillian Cummings
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Laura has come to Pilgrim Cove to grief for her mother and find out what she really wants from life after almost losing hers. Matt hasn't forgotten the young girl that he liked all those years ago. She is right in front of him but she isn't about to let him back in that easily. Laura doesn't want a relationship especially after the last one ended badly but she sees something in Matt. But could it be more than a holiday fling? She knows that she should have told Matt about her cancer but she ...more
Jacy  Hahn
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Laura is just getting over losing her mother and having recently been through breast cancer treatments and is needing to re-energize and reprioritize her life. So, she decides that the Beach House where she had happy summer days is what's in order. What she didn't expect was for her life to actually begin again, she regains her career and finds someone to love that won't back out on her. Mat is no stranger to heartbreak either, with his wife recently dying of ovarian cancer and having to raise ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Laura spent the last year caring for her mother who had since passed. Having gone through her own battle with cancer and the last of her chemo, she was ready for a break. Pilgrim Cove was just the place; filled with wonderful childhood memories. Laura decided to rent a home right on the water and take a 3-month working leave from the hustle and bustle. No sooner did she arrive when all of the small-town feel came rushing towards her.

Max, her childhood crush was still living in Pilgrim Cove.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Laura McCloud has just buried her mother and she herself is a one and a half year survivor of breast cancer. She now needs to get her career back on track and she needs peace and quiet. Laura rents a beach house in Pilgrim Cove and the first person she meets is Matthew, who she kissed when she was 16 one summer. Matthew is a widower with two boys, having lost his wife to ovarian cancer. Laura was rejected by her boyfriend when he learned she had cancer. You can imagine her fears as she is ...more
Virginia L
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I loved the banter and fun from all the friendly people in Pilgrim Cove. I think I would love to live there. When Laura came there she hoped to rest and recover from a very difficult time in her life. She loved the ocean and the small town where she and her family had vacationed when she was younger. Matt, a local, remembers Laura from her last time on the island when she was a cute sixteen year old. As you can imagine, there's going to be romance in the air, but there's so much more
Margaret Yelton
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a book I downloaded for free probably about 7 months ago, I am doing a challenge in a group where we are suppose to read some of our older books by a new author for us. The House on the Beach by Linda Barrett, was a well-written, and entertaining read. I found myself caught up in the storyline and rooting for the characters on the book, to find their way to each other. Both characters have been affected in some form by the big C word....cancer, and this story brings those emotions out ...more
Delinda Mauney
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I love the beach and reading books with ocean themes make me feel good. This story about Laura and Matt brings to mind how we let things of the past play with our feelings and moving on to the future. Both characters have suffered many tragedies in their past and must work to find closure to move ahead.

An enjoyable story with great characters in a small beach town before the hustle and bustle of the summer season. Relaxing read.
Sue Freeman
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding love while dealing with personal problems.

A very entertaining romance novel. Laura, recently recovering from breast cancer and the death of her mother, rents a cottage at Pilgrim Cove for a retreat to start her life over. She meets Matt a local resident who is a hound widower raising two young boys. Romance blossoms and they work together to work through their last issues. Read the story to find out the ending.o

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Linda's emotional stories of contemporary romance have earned many industry awards through Romance Writers of America chapter contests. In 2011, Quarterback Daddy took first place in the Write touch Reader's contest while in 2010, Summer at the Lake did the same. Previously, she's garnered the Holt Medallion and The Award of Excellence among others. With laughter and tears, she touches the hearts ...more

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“chair, expecting to hear Bridget McCloud’s voice rise in greeting. She leaned against the wall between the kitchen and dining room and tried to catch her breath.  Why was she so surprised? Two and a half weeks in Pilgrim Cove couldn’t erase a lifetime of love and memories. The heavy silence, however, reinforced her new reality. She was alone. A feeling which seemed much stronger here than at Sea View House. And not because of the kitten.  Laura walked slowly to her bedroom and automatically began to undress. During her time in Pilgrim Cove, she’d gotten involved with people. Funny, how she seemed so connected to the town after” 0 likes
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