05 June, 2010
My Review of A Cottage By The Sea by Ciji Ware
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 1, 2010)
"What would you do if you caught your sister in bed with your husband? Chances are at the very least you'd nix your relationship with both of them and run as far away as you could get--especially if the story is going to be plastered all over the tabloids. This is exactly what Hollywood mogul Blythe Stowe does. She heads to England and the Cornish Coast. There she steeps herself in Daphne du Maurier's wonderful novels, finds love with an Englishman, and discovers family secrets that have been long concealed."
From the book:
Blythe ~ Her dreams are shattered by divorce, she escapes to England and encounters a mysterious pair of lovers from the past and a secret that echoes down the centuries into her own life.
Elle ~ Consumed with envy , she gets the ultimate revenge when she steals her sister's husband. Hollywood style.
Christopher ~ The talented, gorgeous Hollywood director always gets what he wants...and now he wants Blyth, the woman he betrayed.
Lucas ~ An Englishman, he can't resist the lovely American who agrees to help him save his estate and who, in the process, might save his jaded heart as well.
This story by Ciji Ware is an enjoyable read. I was not sure what to expect as I had not read anything by her before. Once I started reading it I was hooked. I enjoyed the characters and I am always up for a little supernatural or reincarnation in a story. There is enough mystery, romance and history to keep the reader enthralled to the end. Blythe is a fan of Daphne du Maurier's novels and renting a cottage on the Cornwall coast, where a lot of Ms.du Maurier's novels take place, is just what she needs to rethink her life and just get away from all the heartache of a divorce.
Blythe's original plans were to stay in the cottage for a month or two but ended up there the summer and struck up a business and romantic relationship with Lucas. She also ended up going back in time, via an old family geneology chart,to the late 1700's, learning the history of the previous generations of Barton Hall and the tragedies that befell these people. The past was a story of love, hate,and revenge that paralled her own life.As in any romance, the end is a happily ever after for everyone involved...Love conquers all.
I received a copy of this ARC from Sourcebooks and was not monetarily copmpensated for my review.