19.3.13

Book Review: A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews

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...
I always know that I am in for a treat when one of Carole's books is published and A Cottage by the Sea is no exception. Be warned though that this book will have you googling coastal holiday cottages by the last page.
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.

8 comments:

Nadia said...

Dot, this book sounds like such a fun read. I loved Summer Daydreams by Carole Matthews and am pretty sure I would enjoy this one, too. Great review!

Charlie (The Worm Hole) said...

I love these sorts of books, I suppose I should say chick-lit, but haven't read any in a while. This one sounds so good I might have to make it the one that starts me reading them again (love the idea of finding oneself anew whilst the old is present). Glad it's out soon, I'll likely get it then.

Mama J said...

I've got this in my TBR pile. Really looking forward to reading it now.

Kevin Loh said...

What a lovely review! I can't wait for this one! xx

Kim said...

Carole Matthews books are always so enjoyable. This is right up there on my wish list. Thank you for the great review, Dot

Dot said...

Thanks you lovely lot! I think Carole's books are always a winner!

Nikki-ann said...

I somehow haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds great!

A wonderful review, as always :)

Dot said...

Nikki-ann Thanks lovely, really enjoyed this one!

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