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Cape Sanctuary #2

The Sea Glass Cottage

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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 has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.

It’s just for a few months—that’s what Liv keeps telling herself. But the closer she gets to Cape Sanctuary, the painful memories start flooding back: Natalie, her vibrant, passionate older sister who downward-spiraled into addiction. The fights with her mother who enabled her sister at every turn. The overdose that took Natalie, leaving her now-teenaged daughter, Caitlin, an orphan.

As Liv tries to balance her own needs with those of her injured mother and an obstinate, resentful fifteen-year-old, it becomes clear that all three Harper women have been keeping heartbreaking secrets from one another. And as those secrets are revealed, Liv, Juliet, and Caitlin will see that it’s never too late—or too early—to heal family wounds and find forgiveness.

384 pages, Paperback

First published March 17, 2020

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RaeAnne Thayne

281 books2,940 followers
I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.

Through it all -- through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor -- I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try -- their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I've come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the "that's-it!" feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can't imagine my life any other way.

I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, raeannethayne@gmail.com

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Profile Image for DJ Sakata.
3,063 reviews1,755 followers
April 9, 2020
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.

My Review:

While the premise of the story was interesting and topical, I struggled with this book and not that the writing wasn’t up to par, as the author’s writing style was easy to follow. My issue is more to do with my personal preference as high angst and constant discord just isn’t my jam, and this tale was heavily loaded with both internal and interpersonal conflicts as well as annoyingly stubborn characters. The storylines were relevant and relatable yet developed ever so slowly with considerable repetition and retreading of the five characters’ inner turmoil and protracted grief, which had me tapping my little foot while waiting for the tale to progress and the storylines to advance. It was at the 90% mark when all systems finally hit their boiling point and - Whoa Nelly! The secrets were uncovered and feelings were revealed at a rather furious and frantic rate as I thankfully hurdled toward that highly prized HEA conclusion.
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3,230 reviews1,565 followers
June 10, 2021
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 she takes the opportunity to take a step back from her own life and head to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast to help out.

Coming back to Cape Sanctuary brings back all the memories of the past that Olivia had left behind, especially those of her older sister, Natalie, Natalie had been a wild and rebellious teen which did not lead to a wonderful outcome with Natalie passing away at a young age leaving behind a daughter who Juliet is now raising.

The Sea Glass Cottage was a real page turner from beginning to end as you dive into the lives of the three ladies in this story. Olivia, Juliet and Caitlin find themselves confronting the secrets of the past and forging their new future together which made for an engaging read from start to finish. RaeAnne Thayne again showed wonderful writing that I’ve come to expect which made me fall in love with the Harper family and their cottage in Cape Sanctuary.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Profile Image for Carla.
6,131 reviews135 followers
March 7, 2020
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 her car to drive home. She is not only going to visit her mother, but is hoping that maybe they can clear the air. Falling in love was the furthest thing from her mind.

This book was full of strong female characters, yet they do have baggage and secrets. Olivia is a smart young entrepreneur who has her own social media company as well as working for a company keeping their technology safe and up to date. When she is needed by her family, she drops everything and goes home to help. She does not hesitate to jump in and help her mom, even though it is not her forte. She is a kind and loving person who wants to heal the rift between her mother and herself as well as find out why her niece suddenly has anger towards her. Juliet is loved by all. She is independent and does not ask anyone for help. It is very difficult for her to be laid up and have to rely on others. She has a huge secret that she is keeping from everyone, that is the cause of some bad decisions on her part, but she thinks it is for the right reasons. Then there is Caitlin. She is only 15, but she has a lot of teenage angst. Her mother died of an overdose when she was a baby, so was raised by her grandmother, never knowing who her father was. She has read both her mother's and Aunt Olivia's diaries and they are leading her to make decisions and take paths that may or may not be in her best interest. If these woman can finally share their secrets and work through the barriers, their lives will change forever. Throw in some male interests, some friends and neighbours and this reader wants to travel to Cape Sanctuary and meet all these wonderful people.

This was a well-written, real-life story. I loved watching these three women come to grips with all the past and present secrets. As forgiveness and acceptance moves into their hearts, their relationships grow and love moves in. Once they are able to move beyond the hurts and secrets, they are also able to make room for others, which is when the romance finally blossoms. A beautiful touching story that I do not hesitate to recommend. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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1,073 reviews363 followers
March 27, 2020
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 and painful memories but when her mother is hospitalized, she drops everything and rushes home to care for her mother. Here Olivia will encounter her past, reunite with her best friend and cope with her some-what obnoxious niece, the daughter of her sister whose life and death were tragic. Throughout the book we discover secrets held by Olivia, her mother, niece and even her sister. The Sea Glass Cottage is a book about healing, understanding, and forgiveness, as well as recognizing the strengths each of us hold within ourselves. The book, the story and the characters are beautifully written, engaging and entrancing from beginning to its satisfying conclusion. It is a story you will not want to miss. Yes, it is part of a series but, as someone who hasn’t read the rest of this series, I can assure you that it works very well as a stand-alone.
1,249 reviews29 followers
March 11, 2020
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 loosely, was present during a coffee shop hold-up, hid under a table and dialed 911. She thinks that makes her a coward, which I found utterly ridiculous. What was she supposed to do? Attack a meth-crazed, armed lunatic with her coffee stirrer? Now, she's avoiding all coffee shops, and turning herself into an agoraphobic--having panic attacks at the thought of being in public. As someone who has had panic attacks since the age of 5, why she chose not to seek out a professional mental health specialist made no sense to me at all. Yet, when she learns that her mother, with whom she's had a troubled relationship, has fallen off a ladder, breaking her hip and several ribs, she takes a 12-hour drive back home in the middle of the night.

Once she arrives back home in Cape Sanctuary, her mother is less than thrilled to see her, and her niece, Caitlin, daughter of Olivia's late sister, Natalie, is openly hostile toward her. Caitlin's mother, Natalie, died of a drug overdose and Caitlin was raised by Olivia's mother, Julia. Julia doesn't seem thrilled to see Olivia either. Olivia is there to work at and run the family garden center while her mother recovers from her injuries, although she knows next to nothing about the business, and all of this plus her fear of public spaces, taking leave from her regular job, as well as trying to run her own social media business on the side is more than a bit much.

To add even more to the complications and drama in this novel, 15-year-old Caitlin is trying to find out who her father is using a DNA ancestry service. Juliet is falling in love with her widowed neighbor, Henry, who is 8 years her junior, but never expresses her feelings. Olivia is attracted to Cooper, who was her late sister's best friend, and who lost his wife to cancer years earlier, and yet not one of these characters ever really communicates with anyone else--the story, told in alternating narration, was little more than these characters dwelling on their own issues without simply being honest about what they are feeling and why. All of these characters had secrets they were keeping that they simply hid rather than dealing with them. I could understand Caitlin's need to know who fathered her, but her hostility toward her aunt, Olivia, was never really explored.

It's hard to like a novel when you dislike most of the main characters, and when you think their behavior is utterly ridiculous, as was the case in this novel. I did like the only two characters who were open and honest, Cooper and Henry, but I found everyone else's self-doubt, incessant worrying, and inability to communicate irritating and frustrating. and this novel just dragged on, and on, and on, with no relief in sight until the very abbreviated HEA ending. In fact, had I not requested an advance reader copy of this novel, and felt obligated to finish it, I'd have stopped reading it by the time I was halfway through it.

There are some glowing reviews of this novel posted here on Goodreads, and I'm sorry that I couldn't add one more glowing review to them, but, for the reasons I've already stated, this novel didn't work for me on any level, and I simply cannot recommend it.
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1,905 reviews200 followers
March 19, 2020
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 plot, including all the engaging subplots, skillfully intertwines and unravels into a big-hearted, hopeful tale about life, love, loss, family, secrets, friendship, misunderstandings, romance, contentment, forgiveness, and the importance of communication.

Overall, The Sea Glass Cottage is a compelling, moving, beautifully-written tale that reminds us to always surround ourselves with those we love and live each day to the fullest.

Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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1,568 reviews506 followers
March 20, 2021

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 that broke my heart for the characters, but overall this is still a heartwarming read that will leave you with all of the warm fuzzies. I was thinking while I listened to it that it was like a warm hug in book form.

The audiobook of The Sea Glass Cottage was lovely and it is narrated by Vanessa Johansson who did a wonderful job with the story and putting emotion where it was needed. I listened to this book in basically a day, and it hooked me from the very beginning. Even though there are some tough subjects and sadness, it is filled with a lot of hope and I enjoyed seeing how the relationships between the characters developed as the book went on. I loved so many of the different characters and this was such a refreshing read after a bunch of thrillers. I laughed quite a bit, and there was a lot that brought a smile to my face. Even though this is book one of a series it looks like the setting and characters have been seen in other novels by this author, but I didn't feel lost at all. Honestly, it just made me want to read more by Thayne and I am so happy she is now on my radar!
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1,943 reviews1,898 followers
March 18, 2020
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 to help her mother Juliet after an accident and you also hear from Caitlin, Olivia’s niece and Juliet’s granddaughter. All three are strong, inspiring women with relatable and realistic issues and I adored all three. If you read The Cliff House last year there are a few scenes with the characters from that book which I always think is so fun for fans! Another fantastic read from one of my favorite authors when I need a feel good type of read, highly recommended by me.

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602 reviews31 followers
September 17, 2020
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.

See the review in full color at my blog, TheZestQuest.com.

Olivia Harper witnesses a crime in Seattle where she lives, and berates herself for not being brave enough to help the woman attacked by a junkie. Staying inside her apartment with her comforting rescue dog is all she has been able to do for the last week. Can she come out of hiding and help her mom in her hometown of Cape Sanctuary, just because she needs her?

Oliva left Cape Sanctuary when all the sadness there became too much to handle. Her engagement made it seem like her life was back on track, until they realized they didn’t love one another. Can she go back to live with her mom and her deceased sister’s daughter, even short term? Can they survive the secrets when they’re disclosed?

These characters don’t make it easy for themselves with their misunderstandings, secrets, and stubbornness. But this story is all about forgiveness and moving into your next chapter, which makes it relatable and easy to understand why they do what they do.

An easy read in a comfortable small-town, this novel is perfect for relaxing with a cup of hot tea in your comfy chair. Early on, I spotted one of Thayne’s signature unusual words. She teaches me at least one new one with every book. I feel like I’m on a treasure hunt every time.

I especially enjoyed the garden center theme because it’s one of the many things I’ve done for a living that still has my heart. Once a gardener, always gardener – just a little slower but not less enthusiastic.

I appreciated the relevance of social media and how it can help good causes. The characters were likable, even the bratty teenager who realizes her assumptions may be off regarding her aunt. I was especially happy about the May-December romance that sparks throughout the pages. There should be more older couples experiencing a second chance at love in romance novels. I thought it was a great idea to have three generations experiencing different levels of love at the same time. It kept the book intriguing.

I was lucky enough to receive this book as an advanced reading copy prior to publication. It kept me occupied during a very stressful time, then I lost my ability to cohesively describe it. I’ve since read it again this month in order to write my review. Rarely a re-reader, I found this one just as enjoyable the second time.

Reading a RaeAnne Thayne book is like coming home to old friends. The details of her small towns are charming, even when the struggles her characters face are often overwhelming for them. The best part? Getting more than one happy-ever-after in varying ages is pure bliss in this story. Three couples will charm you, and dare we hope for a young love story in the future?

Available now in Hardcover, Audible, and digital format, SEAGLASS COTTAGE will release in Mass Market paperback in January 2021. Book two in this CAPE SANCTUARY series, THE PATH TO SUNSHINE COVE, is due to release in March 2021.

Review by Dorine, courtesy of TheZestQuest.com. A digital copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review. Thanks in advance for following links and sharing this review on social media.
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1,908 reviews852 followers
March 20, 2020
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! Caitlin had her own perspective and story, too.

This beautiful story was set in a small town by the sea, a place that came to life, vividly described by the author so I could almost feel the sea breezes off the sea right along with the characters!

A copy was kindly provided by HQN in exchange for an honest review.
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1,246 reviews
March 29, 2020

I am a huge fan of Thayne’s novels, but this one was a disappointment. The three main female characters are so dysfunctional and, frankly, not very likeable.

All three have secrets which seem to make them choose bad choices. I can understand this for the 15 yr old, but not for the 30 yr old and her 53 yr old mother. They all have “secrets” and the 53 yr old’s is the most immature one of the lot! What a weak, whiny woman.

I didn’t like the alternating chapters devoted to a character. It made everything disjointed to me. For example, at 61% through the book, it describes a character as a “neighbor and landscaper.” Yes, we know. He’s been in and out of the book for a long time.
Profile Image for Karen Rulison.
51 reviews
July 26, 2020
I one word... boring. Uninteresting characters and what could be said in a paragraph was said in a book.
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1,351 reviews65 followers
March 30, 2020
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 friend. Her best friend had died several years prior. Henry and Juiiet had gotten close but fighting their feelings. Also Juliet is older and also hiding another secret,
Olivia just wants her mom to get better so she can move back home and to her job in Seattle but she is also hiding something that happened to her a few weeks ago. Cooper and Olivia also grow closer together.
Caitlin is also trying to find out who her father is.
There was so much going on that I just kept yelling that all 3 women needed to sit down and talk and get everything out in the open,
I received this from NetGalley for review.
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691 reviews61 followers
April 10, 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 supposedly mature women like Olivia and Juliet I found their storylines to be a little contrived and drawn out for dramatic effect. The problem with this is, being a standalone book, there is a short time to get to know these characters, especially with their three separate plots happening. For me, this caused me to not form much of a connection to any of them and made the story lack any emotional depth.

For the most part, this was an entertaining enough fluff story, but it was definitely among my least favorite from this author. I struggled with what rating to give this. It just barely made 3 stars, which is my standard for a book that was good, but one I wouldn't rave about.
March 18, 2020
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 with ups and downs, but all is good in the end. It was a lovely read.

🙋🏼‍♀️ Thank you, Harlequin Books for sending me an ARC of this delightful novel. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝗚𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝘁𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 by Raeanne Thayne is available today at your favourite bookstore.

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2,521 reviews208 followers
March 22, 2020
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 niece Caitlin awaited. Secrets hidden soon came to light as the three formed a new bond with each other.

Having read many books by this author, I loved the anticipation to get into this story. The women were so different yet so similar. It was fun to get to know them as they got to know each other. All three of them had to let go of the baggage of their past if they wanted a new life together. I loved how the author brought them together, slowly taking the time to bind them, one thread at a time.

The story could pull me into its depths by the loving way it was written. The scenes moved sequentially as it I were watching a heart warming movie. Forgiveness was the core of the book, and realizing they were just humans who made mistakes brought me to tears. Love and happiness made their pain lighter, and it was wonderful to see them shining bright down the pages.

Romance soon followed and happily ever after soon ensured. But it was the journey of the three, bound by blood and love, which captured by soul and didn't let go. A beautiful read.
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4,660 reviews189 followers
May 23, 2020
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 fall and will need some help, Olivia rushes home to be there for her and her teenage niece. As Olivia goes to visit her best friend Melody/Melanie, she finds out Mel's brother, Cooper is now living in Cape Sanctuary. She has always had a crush on Cooper who was also her late older sister's best friend. Her mother Juliet, has her own romance blooming with a younger man, who was her late best friend's husband, Henry (and his son is best friends with Juliet's granddaughter, Caitlin). Juliet has MS and does not want to cause Henry further pain. Caitlin is trying to discover who her father is via an ancestry site. I liked the story but felt like the characters weren't that dynamic. They were like a generic bunch from a small-town romances. It is perfect for working from home background story as it is the comfort read you expect. I would definitely read more by the author.

***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss/NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***
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2,239 reviews391 followers
March 16, 2020
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 and is now being raised by her grandmother. Is Olivia up to the task to draw closer to her family, even if it means her stay in the picturesque village of Cape Sanctuary might have to be extended?

This was a very well-written book that really drew me in. The family dynamics were complicated but showed a lot of promise. Although there is quite a bit of family drama, Olivia has a chance at love when it comes in the form of the local fire chief, Cooper Vance. Olivia's relationship with Cooper was a very nice layer to a wonderful book. Although this may be my first read by RaeAnne Thayne it certainly won't be my last.

Many thanks to HQN Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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1,336 reviews118 followers
March 27, 2020

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 to help out at the house. Naturally there is tension and the butting of heads, especially where Caitlin is concerned, and it takes some work to get the family close again.

The setting is Cape Sanctuary, which happens to be the same area where The Cliff House is set. I didn't realize these two books take place in the same world when I started the book, so it was a cool thing to figure out as I was reading. I completely understand Olivia's reluctance to move back in with her mother temporarily, because it is sometimes really hard to go back home when you've been gone for a long time. In this case, there are a lot of memories in Cape Sanctuary that are painful for Olivia, and I just really was able to connect with her feeling so out of place and uncomfortable there in the beginning.

All three of the women have their own issues, and I found these issues to be plausible even within the confines of one family. At times, it sort of seemed like there was just a lot of drama within this family, but Ms. Thayne always does a good job of addressing things and wrapping things up by the end of the story. I admit that I felt sad a little when thoughts and conversations turned to Caitlin's (deceased) mother; it is so hard to live with grief and sadness after losing someone, even if they've been gone for many years, and the circumstances of this tragedy broke my heart. Still, I always find that Ms. Thayne's stories are hopeful and positive, and I do love reading them.

I love the idea that forgiveness is the great healer of people and families.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, Harlequin Books!

Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!
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757 reviews238 followers
February 8, 2021
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 best friend, and maybe to try to patch up her relationship with her orphaned niece, 15-year old Caitlin, who is all attitude and then some these days.

What she doesn’t expect is to run into her best friend’s brother, Cooper, who has, in the years since Olivia left, moved back home to be the town’s (very attractive) fire chief. What starts out as a begrudgingly-accepted and obligatory family check-in somehow turns into a healing and transformative experience so intense that it makes Olivia question what’s most important to her—and why she ever left home in the first place.

Welly golly, I sure did love The Sea Glass Cottage. It has all the warm fuzzies of a modern romance, but with an extra layer of smartness and thoughtfulness that brought these characters to life. I didn’t connect with Olivia at first, but as I got to know her backstory, I understood why she acted the way she did. I sympathized with her and her insecurities, and before long I was rooting for her completely. Her mother, Juliet, gets a lot of face time in this book, too, and she’s so lovable. Watching her try to navigate her recovery…all while fighting romantic feelings for a man she believes to be off limits to her is so endearing. She brings a lot of warmth to the story.

The only character I didn’t love was snotty little Caitlin. Ironically, she and I share a very similar birth story, so I really expected to identify with her. But I just couldn’t get past her unwillingness to communicate except through sarcasm and a near constant stream of insulting barbs slung at her family. I think the main lesson for me there is that I’m clearly not ready for my kids to become teenagers…

Still, I so enjoyed the book. Really fabulous characters, story development, and atmosphere, and I loved the ending. It was everything I wanted it to be. Such a perfect distraction in these crazy times.
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March 19, 2020
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 her. As she is there taking care of her mother and trying to figure out why her niece now hates her, lots of secrets come to the surface. Will Olivia be able to make it through her short time in Cape Sanctuary and return to her home in Seattle?

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read and review this book.

After losing her father and her sister, Olivia's mother didn't have much time and energy left for Olivia. Especially after having to take over the family business and raise her granddaughter, Juliet was happy that Olivia was able to take care of herself and did so well in school. But often she regretted how she handled herself during those times, though she was doing the best she could.

This was the second book that I have read by RaeAnny Thayne. I would describe it as a romance with a dramatic flair to go with it. With secrets and lies hiding in the corners, you never know what is going to happen next. Toward the end, the book got to be a bit predictable, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story as a whole.
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April 11, 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.
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April 26, 2021
This is the story of family and the secrets that can hurt the very people we say we are protecting by having the secret. The story is told from the various viewpoints of the main characters. It is set on the Northern California coast. The book was a quick easy read.
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March 31, 2020
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, Caitlin. Caitlin is now 15, an angsty, sometimes bratty teenager who is trying to learn more about her past and processing complicated feelings. Meanwhile Juliet has been hiding her diagnosed multiple sclerosis for years. When the three women are together again, there is love, pain from the past, difficult secrets, and new possibilities for love.

I enjoyed my time with this and if you like family oriented, small town women's fiction this is definitely worth a read. Caitlin is not always very likable, but she is also a teenage girl dealing with trauma and this feels realistic. I will continue to read from this author! I received an advance copy of this book for review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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March 26, 2020
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, continued on with a very successful garden center and has another secret she isn't letting on about to her daughter and grand daughter. Her neighbor Henry is a great friend and there might be something more there but Juliet is not going to allow it if at all possible.

Caitlin has found her mother's and Olivia's diaries and read them avidly because she wants to find out who her father could be.  Since reading the diaries she has been surly with Olivia because Olivia expressed some strong feelings as twelve or thirteen year old might.

Connor has returned to town as fire chief because his sister Mel and her three boys need a bit of support after a no good husband and father abandoned them. He and Mel have always been connected to the Harper family growing up and Mel is Olivia's best friend.

So... there is plenty of things going on and the stories of each carry the plot along in a seamless way. And eventually everyone finds what they seek and new paths are chosen. I enjoyed the story and once everyone really communicated, difficulties were resolved.

A warm satisfying read with flawed but very well intentioned and loving characters who all deserved their positive ways forward.
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March 16, 2020
A heartwarming story of family, secrets, forgiveness and second chances. I loved every minute of the story and hated to see it end.
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March 28, 2020
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 family secrets come to light, we'll wonder if each of them will actually get their happily ever after.

When Olivia is called with the news of her mothers' fall and broken bones, she returns to Cape Sanctuary to run Juliets' gardening store. But, the Harper women are at odds with each other and all have erected walls that surround their hearts. At one point I was struck with the thought that neither Harper or Juliet feel worthy of romantic love. They look inward and only see fault. It made me deeply sad for them. This was also true for Cooper Vance. We get a hint or two as to why he feels he's not worthy of Olivia, but as they reconnect they forge a promising friendship that gave me hope for them.

Told from various points of view; Harper, Juliet, Caitlin and Cooper, we get a real feel for what's in their heads. I was pulling for them all to make smart decisions and to follow their hearts. There are tense moments as HUGE revelations come to light, the kind of things that could easily make people walk away from each other, but they learn to overcome their fears.

This is definitely a book I would recommend to any reader of contemporary romance. I rarely think of the level of steam as something I think to point out - but if you're looking for something that's purely family and romance, this would be a great one to put on your TBR.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
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June 14, 2020
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.
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May 10, 2020
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,
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February 16, 2020
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. The plot flowed well and kept me engrossed in the story. I loved every page of it!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
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