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A seaside town helps one young woman rediscover hope and healing in a brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

After tragedy strikes, Annie moves in to the summer cottage where her family vacationed when she was a child. Soon Annie finds herself making new friends, even developing a romance with a quiet and mysterious painter. And as she be
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Kindle Edition, 429 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Ballantine Books
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Berit☀️✨
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 heart Warming Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Debbie Macomber! We’re not on Blossom Street anymore! This book had all the feels... it touched on every single emotion you have! Wow... just wow!

I picked up this book expecting a sweet fluffy love story and what I got was so much more... this was a book about loss, heartbreak, friendship, family, second chances, and so much more... at times during this book I was reaching for a tissue and at other times I couldn’t get the big smile off my face... what a beautiful st
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Carrie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Debbie Macomber has quickly become for me an author that when picking up one of her books I have some pretty high expectations having enjoyed the previous titles I’ve read. Thankfully when finished with this new novel I can say that she completely met all my expectations and gave me a bit more.

Cottage by the Sea begins by introducing Annie Marlow as young and carefree with a bright future ahead of her. But for Annie things come crashing down in her world when she gets some devastating news and f
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Erth
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Susan
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cottage by the Sea

Debbie Macomber



Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Annie after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Debbie's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one he
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Dave
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I really did.

Unfortunately, there never came a time where I was able to truly connect with the characters and their emotions.

The premise of this story and the real-life events it is based upon drew me in immediately. It was gut-wrenching from the start, but that emotion slowly leaked from my heart as the characters in Oceanside were presented to me. I appreciate the struggles and history of characters like Keaton and Mellie, but his clipped conversation and her brusqu
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome story of loss and love.
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When you pick up a book by a favorite author like Debbie Macomber, you tend to know what you’re going to get. Similar themes and that warm sweet romance that we love.

However, this book was something so much more than that. It literally grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go. I feel like I was either crying or smiling throughout the entire story.

We all have heartbreak in our life but not the type of heartbreak that this book is
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Suzanne
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
I absolutely tore through this book and got it all read in one day, which shows how quickly it got and kept my attention. After a devastating tragedy, Annie moves to her childhood family vacation cottage, where she begins to heal. Really all of the characters in the story are scarred by their pasts in one way or another, and this was a sweet story of connection and friendship. The romance was there, certainly, but the several friendships (including the romantic one) were what resonated with me.

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Anna
Annie Marlow has lost her entire family in a tragic mudslide that destroyed their home. Rocked by grief and guilt, she is struggling to move on with her life. She returns to the place from her childhood where she felt true happiness, Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest. Her family rented a cottage there during the summer as she was growing up. There she meets some fellow broken souls who quickly find their way into her heart. Together they find, with the support of one another, they can move past ...more
Renee Amberg
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit out of my usual taste in readings. I have to admit, the cozy cover of the cottage by the open water drew me in. Nothing against the author but the book fell flat for me. The style of writing was close to that of a romantic teen book. No real depth or plot twists and a bit too mushy in the love department. I kept waiting for a shift in the story to give the plot a bit more meaning, but it just kept going in the most predictable route, creating a bland narrative. I felt that th ...more
Beth
Cottage by the Sea was a great, clean, heart-warming, hometown story with more than one romance. I love how Macomber takes a bunch of emotionally scarred people and brings them together to make a family. Amazing protagnosit!

I received this ARC copy of Cottage by the Sea from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books. This is my honest and voluntary review. Cottage by the Sea is set for July 17, 2018.

My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Debbie Macomber
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Boo
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Kathleen
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Debbie Macomber! I just found myself a new favorite author. After a devastating tragedy, Annie moves back to her childhood family vacation home. Where she slowly begins to heal. This book was about loss, heartbreak, friendship, family, second chance and more. I highly recommend this book, it was a wonderful summer read!!!
Dawn Wells
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great novel about survival, hope, love and healing. The best part of this book is the young woman’s discovery of helping others is how to heal, grow and move on. The romance is a plus.
Chris
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and poignant story that even managed to get a few tears out of me near the end!

Annie has spent happy, carefree summers at Oceanside with her family. An overly tall, shy, lanky boy had admired her on the beach and I would say, had then fallen in love with her, from afar. They briefly meet - she and her family leave their rental cottage and go home; the large young man goes about his life, never forgetting this girl who impacted him so deeply, so quickly. It is unfortunate to learn he
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Nicole
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
An extremely benign, wholesome, superficial, lacking in conflict lifetime movie. I can’t tell if it’s 1 or 2 stars. Was it ok? Probably. Though, there are other books that I’ve given two stars that I enjoyed more. One side character (male) calls women girls constantly. Another character has serious PTSD from childhood—a situation was alluded to that was never discussed again. It may have explained things, but oh well. Might as well drop that thread since it might cause the book to have real conf ...more
Cathy Daniel
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty much all the characters needed serous counseling for their mental health issues but instead it was glossed over and they were just "cured". I know this is a fluffy romance but if you're not going to do this justice, keep it all fluff instead of throwing in serious themes!
Bree Hill
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Debbie Macomber does such a wonderful job at capturing human emotions. This book tackles grief, and what it’s like to lose those closest to you in the blink of an eye. It deal with regret, and what it’s like to live with the what if’s and ‘I should’ve been theres’ You experience anger caused by seeing someone innocent grapple with abuse. So many things take place in this book and you see these wonderful, realistic characters navigate these tough situations. The romance in this story is one of my ...more
Lisa Houston
I had been so looking forward to reading this book. The description and cover made me desperate to read it. It started off well and I was really enjoying it but it quickly became mundane and hard to read. This kind of book puts me off reading. Typical romance boy falls out with girl and won’t speak to her. Sadly I didn’t enjoy as much as anticipated
Julie Carpenter
My emotions were all over the place with this book. I loved it and I loved the characters so much! I will admit that I shed some tears while reading. I felt that heartbreak and sorrow from these characters. It may be focused more on Annie as the main character, but let me tell you that she is not the only one in this book who has heartbreak or the need for healing. This is one of my favorite books I've read by Debbie Macomber and one I won't be forgetting anytime soon. I think it and the charact ...more
Madeline ❤️ Romance Bibliophile ❤️
♥♥ 4 Healing Stars ♥♥

After unspeakable tragedy, Annie is left reeling and trying to find a way through her grief. She's been barely making it through everyday life for over a year when she decides to get out her haze and find her "happy place". Remembering her childhood vacations to a cottage in a sleepy beach town, she decides to see if she can find meaning in her life again there. Annie insinuates into her new town and slowly ingrains herself into the lives and hearts of those around her. 

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Kate ☀️ Olson
Thanks to the publisher for this free review copy!
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You all know I read a LOT of steamy romance now, but in my early 20s, I definitely did NOT.....and that was when I stumbled upon and fell in love with Debbie Macomber's work. COTTAGE BY THE SEA is the exact type of romance I inhaled back then and still more than appreciate today ~ sweet, chaste, and clean in all ways. This story has a beautiful setting in a tiny Pacific Northwest beach town and the characters are so refreshingly unique ~ a troub
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Pamela
Previously, despite how wildly popular Debbie Macomber's books are, I have never been tempted to pick one up and read it. Not even remotely tempted. Sure, her covers are lovely. "Perfectly" lovely, in fact. Perfectly in the sense of too patently artificial. Shallow. Saccharine. That's what came to mind.
And that's what I expected to find within. To each his own, as the old saying goes.

But then......

Something about "Cottage by the Sea" was different. It drew me in with fervor.

The cover art is ind
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Kim
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I must say reading a Debbie Macomber book is like comfort food to me.
Liza Fireman
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had to read something by Debbie Macomber. She seems to be so successful and popular, that I just had to check it out myself. I do have to admit that she reminded me very much of Nicholas Sparks, which means romantic romance novel. Simple, straight to the point, perfect to people who love that style. But a little bit less my cup of tea.

Annie lost all of her family in a mudslide near Seattle on Christmas. She was also supposed to be there, since her mom begged her to come, but she deferred to h
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debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
3 stars. This book was not for me. But, Debbie Macomber is a very good writer and I have liked other books by her much more. This is a story of loss, grief, healing, second chances and love. There are some characters that could be great, but I didn't really like them. The setting. a small seaside town called Oceanside, is somewhere I'd love to vacation or live so high points for that. Well described and beautiful. The premise of the story, a tragedy involving Annie losing her entire family to a ...more
Kirsten #NeverAgainIsNow
A fun contemporary romance with engaging characters.

A villain stuck in the middle. Any other author and there would have been more drama and trouble with the abusive stepfather. But Debbie sweetly and conveniently has him exit stage left.

This book was inspired by the Oso landslide tragedy. Debbie was wondering what it is like for those left behind after a large tragedy like that. How do you move on?

Yvette (bookworlder)
A summer read, a beach read, a cozy up in the fall read – depending on when you read it, this fits all of those categories. Debbie Macomber has taken inspiration from a very real tragedy that is still in the memory of many in the Pacific Northwest, myself included, and crafted the story of a woman’s struggle to go on after losing her entire family in a devastating landslide that occurred in Washington state.

This is a story that deals with profound grief, where Annie Marlow returns to the only pl
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Fluff Smut & Murder
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it

Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Debbie Macomber book is like the hug you receive from an old friend – familiar, comforting, and welcome. You know you’re not going to get any amazing plot twists, no heart pounding drama, no sex. You usually also get a little creative plot and you know everything will work out in the end.
What I loved: Without giving away too much of the plot – I think the idea of an ope
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Gail
I received a free kindle copy from Net Galley for my honest review.
A heartwarming story of loss and trying to cope with a terrible tragedy. An emotional read. The strory will touch your heart from the very beginning.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This was a fantastic book. I read it in one sitting and Hated to see it come to and end. I can not wait for the next book by Debbie. She is one a handful of authors that I can read now.
Glenda L
Another enjoyable book by Debbie Macomber .. love her books ... so relaxing. This is the start of a good series.
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