Grace had always been best friends with Ella and Flick. The late night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time.
When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband.
Then Flick arrives: lovable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.
This is going to be one week that will change all of their lives forever...
Ella has inherited the cottage from her parents so she drags her reluctant partner, Art and her friends Grace and Flick to spend the week in the British sunshine. Grace brings along her husband Harry who is visibly unhappy as there doesn't appear to be any phone signal in rural Wales. Flick turns up with Noah who is the latest in a long line of men. However, she says that this one is different and she may be right as Grace can't keep her eyes off him. This week is supposed to bring her and Harry closer together but she is beginning to wonder if the distance between them has become too much.
All three women are faced with relationship troubles and emotions run riot as they are all forced together under one roof. I really enjoyed the friendship between the three female characters and the ways in which it is tested during the story. Carole Matthews presents difficult situations with plenty of humour and honesty. All three women have to take stock of what they really want in life and more importantly, find the confidence to make it happen.
A Cottage by the Sea is beautifully detailed in its descriptions. I could fully visualise the seclusion of the cottage and smell the sea air, Carole is wonderful at taking you along for the story.
I am never disappointed by this lovely author and I highly recommend this book.
Dot Scribbles Rating: 5/5
Many thanks to Sphere for sending me a copy of the book to review. A Cottage by the Sea is available on Kindle now and will be available in paperback on March 28th.