From the New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne comes a brand-new novel for fans of Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs. RaeAnne Thayne tells the story of an emotional homecoming that brings hope and healing to three generations of women.
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.
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Sky Diva’s Review:
What a captivating story The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne is. She drew you in with her descriptive storytelling and humorous remarks. There was quite a lot that was going on in this story but it was so well written and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading it and taking the journey with these three generations of mother, daughter, and granddaughter. The tragedy that caused a wedge between them to the friendships and romances this story takes you on. I thought I was going to get away with not crying in this book but…to no avail.
It seemed as if everyone had their own secrets. The burden of carrying these secrets and holding them inside was weighing them down. When the secrets finally came to light, it was interesting to see how the characters’ lives changed for the better because they didn’t have their secrets holding them back.
Olivia’s father was this fearless strong figure in her life, and she felt like she wasn’t strong because she didn’t react to a scary situation like she thought she should. Hmmm…we all think we would react a certain way, but in all honesty, we really just don’t know until it happens. Fear is a powerful thing and it can be crippling or in some, it can be invigorating. I know for me personally, there have been several situations where I didn’t react a certain way that I thought I would. To see the story unfold and evaluate what you think you would do if you were in that situation was eye-opening.
We go through life and then the next thing you know it’s turned upside down. In The Sea Glass Cottage, it takes you on an emotional journey from tragedy to romance. This is a must-read!
I give this book 5 out 5 propellers.
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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 60 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.