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The Sea Glass Cottage

(Cape Sanctuary #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,333 ratings  ·  424 reviews

Emotional and deeply satisfying. I savoured every page Sarah Morgan

New York Times Bestselling Author

The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour work days are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, Liv h

Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by HQN Books
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DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

… she had seemed jumpier than a bag full of frogs.

Don’t make any jokes, but I really did fall and couldn’t get back up.

We’re all afraid, Olivia… You can’t make it through life without it. The trick is figuring out that the thing you need is just on the other side of that fear. The only way you can reach it is by going right through the center of it.

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While the premise of the story was interesting and topical, I struggled with this book and not that the writing wasn’t up t
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Sea Glass Cottage is another wonderful contemporary romance from RaeAnne Thayne. This story covers the lives of three generations of ladies changing the point of view between them to tell the full tale.

Olivia Harper is at a point in her life that it’s becoming obvious the hopeful future she thought she would have isn’t coming about. When Olivia finds out that her mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident she takes the opportunity to take a step back from her own life and h
First let me say that this cover is stunning! The inviting feel that it evokes is exactly how I felt about the book. In fact, I loved the cover so much that I’m in the process of landscaping my back walkway to look just like this one! 🙂

If you are a fan of Thayne, then you will be familiar with some of the characters and certainly the community of Cape Sanctuary. Here we find Olivia, a serious and successful programmer who moved away from Cape Sanctuary years before. Her past there holds tragedy
Carla Johnson-Hicks
4.5 Stars: Olivia Harper lives and works in Seattle. She has a very strained relationship with her mother and her niece. She is also dealing with a bout with PTSD from an episode when she was in a coffee shop and the barista was attacked by a man and she froze and did nothing. She has taken time off work to recover when she gets a call from her best friend in Cape Sanctuary. Her mother has fallen off a ladder and has a broken hip. She needs someone to run the family business and Olivia hops in h ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enchanting, heartwarming, and touching!

The Sea Glass Cottage is a heartfelt, beguiling story that sweeps you away to the idyllic town of Cape Sanctuary and immerses you into the lives of the Harper family as they confront the past, accept the things they cannot change, repair fractured relationships, take chances, and embrace the future.

The writing is polished and expressive. The characterization is spot on with a whole slew of characters that are relatable, multi-layered, and genuine. And the p
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a comfort food type of read right now you have to give this book a try! RT books provide me with the greatest escape and they always leave me feeling hopeful in the end and I think we all need a little hope right now. This one just came out yesterday but she has an extensive backlist of books as well and I can definitely recommend quite a few if anyone is interested.

This follows a family of strong women as they struggle to reconnect. Olivia goes back home to Cape Sanctuary
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Olivia Harper goes back to her hometown, Cape Sanctuary, when her mother, Juliet, falls and can’t run the family business. She comes home to an angry fifteen-year-old niece, and her childhood crush, Cooper, now the Fire Chief of Cape Sanctuary.

This is a story of healing between the Harper women, dealing with past tragedy, but also about finding love for both Juliet and Olivia. I do love a story of unrequited romance, and friends turning into more, so I loved both Olivia and Juliet’s journey! Ca
THE SEA GLASS COTTAGE is a sweet contemporary story full of love that’s perfect escapism. It helped me through a very rough time when I needed to think about another place. Even with all these characters’ flaws, this world didn’t seem as messed up as the one we’re living in now. I needed that hope of healing.

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Olivia Harper witnesses a crime in Seattle where she lives, and berates herself for not being brave enough to help the woman attacke

The Sea Glass Cottage is my first book by RaeAnne Thayne and I have no idea why this author wasn't on my radar before. This book is everything I could ever want in a romance complete with love, laughter, and some tears. I loved the viewpoint switches between Liv, her niece Caitlin, and her mom Juliet and having them all added a lot to the story. Thayne has clearly been doing this writing thing for a while, and her writing is smooth and flows perfectly throughout. There were so many parts th
Shelleen Toland
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Such a great story of loss and hurt feelings.
Olivia was called back home because her mom,Juliet, had fallen off a ladder and needed help at home. Also Juliet owns a garden store and needed Olivia to step in and help out with that. Little did she know that her teenage crush,Cooper, would be there as well. Juliet was also raising her teenage granddaughter, Caitlin,who is also brooding after finding out a few things.
Juliet is in love with her best friend Henry, who had been married to her best fri
Donna Repsher
Let me start by stating that I generally love RaeAnne Thayne's novels, especially her Haven Point series, and I wish I could the same about The Sea Glass Cottage, but, for a number of reasons, I simply cannot, and the best I can do is give it a 2-star rating.

I can usually read a novel of this length is one or two nights, but it took me a week to get through this one because I found that page after page after page, nothing of any significance happened. Olivia, the heroine, and I use that term loo
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-tbr
The Sea Glass Cottage

I had the pleasure to read this book over the weekend and it totally charmed me. This is the story of three generations of strong-willed women who must come to terms with deep hurts caused by family secrets and find a way to forgive each other. Everyone has regrets but pride gets in the way of finding a resolution. It will take a few major events to start the conversations which will bring healing and forgiveness in this family.

The book is beautifully written, and the love relationships come wit
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply beautiful. The book encapsulated me with its warmth and mystery from the very first scene until the end, bringing with it a delicious happiness at having read a beautiful story of three women, strong yet vulnerable in the secrets they hid. RaeAnne Thayne was one awesome author who could bring joy into my heart at these times to stress.

Olivia was away from home since 12 years, but a call about her mother Juliet's accident brought her back to Cape Sanctuary and Sea Glass Cottage, where her
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; HQN/HarperCollins

The story is as sweet as the cover of The Sea Glass Cottage. The cover designer did an amazing job, as I wanted to climb right into Cape Sanctuary. As far as I can tell this is a standalone novel, and does tie up all loose ends. Although, it could be a duology with Cooper's sister's story (I think her name is Melody, or maybe...Melanie). Olivia works a busy day job, and on the side is building up her own social media firm in Seattle. When her mother has a fa
Robin Loves Reading
Olivia might have been estranged from her mother Juliet, but when Juliet is hurt, Olivia packs up and goes to tend for her. With Olivia's life already being a bit off-balance, the timing certainly isn't good. Now, not only does Olivia wish for Juliet to make a full recovery, it is really hoped that the two can overcome their difficult past.

The Sea Glass Cottage quickly turns into quite a sensitive story, especially when Olivia is dealing with her niece Caitlin, who lost her mother to drugs a
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is the story of three generations of women in the same family that have not been close at all over the past few years, but are thrown back together when the family matriarch Juliet has extensive injuries on the job. Juliet has been raising her teenage granddaughter Caitlin since Caitlin's mother died. But when Juliet's activities are restricted so she can heal after her accident and surgery, Juliet's other daughter Olivia comes back home from Seattle to manage the family business and t
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, arc, romance
Olivia Harper is doing…okay. After moving to Seattle a few years ago, she’s now settled into a job and a grown-up relationship. She’s also really begun perfecting her skills as a social media marketing wizard and is slowly picking up clients. For the most part, life is good. But when things get rocky with her fiance and then her mother gets in a serious accident just a few days later, Olivia decides to head back home to Cape Sanctuary to help her mother recover, to reconnect with her childhood b ...more
Terri Wino
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2020
I typically love books by this author and am a fan of all of her series that I've read to date. This is the second "standalone" of hers that I find lacking something.

The three main protagonists -- Olivia, her mother Juliet, and her niece Caitlin -- all have their own secret (for lack of a better word) that they're hiding from each other. This lack of communication, of course, leads to misunderstanding and hurt feelings. I could understand the behavior of a teenager like Caitlin, but with two su
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Olivia Harper is doing well for herself. She has a job she is really good at and she has even started her own company, helping small companies with their social media. When a traumatic event changes her life in Seattle, it's at the same time she gets a call to return home to California to help her mother. Olivia left Cape Sanctuary and didn't want to return. But it seems now, she doesn't have a choice, she has to go back and face the demons she left behind and confront the past that is before he ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I have not read a book by Thayne that I did not fall in love with. This is set by the water in a small town and I wanted nothing more then to live there. Cooper was so dreamy. Olivia was searching for something she did not know she needed or wanted. Juliet was the perfect grandma. I just loved all the characters. You are going to enjoy the surprises as much as I did I am guessing.
This was a five star book that I HIGHLY recommend.
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another charming and heartwarming story from RaeAnne Thayne! The Sea Glass Cottage follows three generations of women coming to terms with their past and finding love for their future. When Olivia has a distant relationship with her mother Juliet, but when she get the call that her mom had a bad accident requiring surgery, she packs up and heads back to Cape Sanctuary. As she gets closer, difficult memories return of her older sister who died of a drug overdose and left behind a daughter, Caitli ...more
Olivia daughter of Juliet, is called home when Juliet falls and breaks a hip. They have already known hard challenging times as Olivia's dad was killed in the line of duty in a fire. Her sister Natalie died of an overdose. When Juliet had so much to deal with Olivia took back stage and so there is a sticky mother-daughter relationship. Plus Olivia with some good reason has fears that are holding her back on making new choices around her work.

Juliet has parented Natalie's daughter Caitlin, contin
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming story of family, secrets, forgiveness and second chances. I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end.
Thank you Harlequin Books for allowing me to participate in The Sea Glass Cottage Blog Tour! I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first RaeAnne Thayne novel but definitely not my last!

This book was all female, mostly all of the time. There were many female characters, Liv, her niece and her mother, with whom she has a stressed relationship with. Sometimes, I would think this would be too much drama going on, but I think RaeAnne Thayne did a phenomenal job
Cyndi Becker
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can hardly believe that The Sea Glass Cottage is my first RaeAnne Thayne read. And you guessed it, it won't be my last. I enjoyed this story so very much. There's so much heart in it with forgiveness, family love, overcoming fear, and taking chances all prominent themes unfolding throughout.

Centered on Olivia Harper, her mother Juliet, and her niece Caitlin, we see three generations of Harper women putting aside their differences to be there for each other. But it is a bumpy road and when fam
Donna Hines
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Life can change in an instant!
In this case Olivia is estranged from her mother when she gets that horrible call her mom is in the hospitable.
She's been struggling in life and this was probably the last thing she needed but yet it was her mom and regardless of their rocky pasts she had to help.
So she heads to the off for what was to be a few months stay to the gorgeous Cape Sanctuary.
A sudden flood of negative memories come flooding in concerning her mother but also her older sister Natalie who s
Chris Conley
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where would any of us be if we just took a moment to look at the world as if through another’s eyes? Olivia. Juliet, Cooper and Caitlin do learn that lesson and it makes for a terrific Cape Sanctuary book,
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thayne-raeanne
There was a certain amount of repetition in this book which was beginning to get annoying, but the story really picked up after I got through those parts. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read and a good story line.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Thayne certainly has a winner with The Sea Glass Cottage. She has delved into many different types of relationships in this book. She explores mother/daughter, big sister's best friend, man/woman best friend, women's best friend, extended family and man/woman (just to name a few-ha!). She has somehow taken what appears above to be a royal mess and blended them all into a message of love and forgiveness that certainly resonated with me.
The book was full of secrets--some intentional, some not
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arc
Olivia Harper is doing…okay. After moving to Seattle a few years ago, she’s now settled into a job and a grown-up relationship. She’s also really begun perfecting her skills as a social media marketing wizard and is slowly picking up clients. For the most part, life is good. But when things get rocky with her fiance and then her mother gets in a serious accident just a few days later, Olivia decides to head back home to Cape Sanctuary to help her mother recover, to reconnect with her childhood b ...more
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