The Sea Glass Cottage
by RaeAnne Thayne
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Reviewed by PJ
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, 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.
I've been reading RaeAnne Thayne's books since 2007 and she hasn't disappointed me yet. Whether it's contemporary romance or women's fiction, on a western cattle ranch or in a small, coastal California town, her characters always hold my attention and touch my heart.
In The Sea Glass Cottage, Thayne introduces readers to three generations of Harper women, all negotiating the emotional quagmire that the complications of life sometimes generate. They're not always easy to like, or understand, but their flaws make them all the more real and their growth all the more satisfying. The tangled complexity of their family secrets creates a compelling story that kept me engaged from beginning to end and wondering at several points just how, or if, Thayne would be able to not only bring love and happiness to each of them individually but also bring them together again as a family. She does, of course, but not without one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride first. I enjoyed every bit of it. I also enjoyed the three men (two men and a teen, actually), worthy heroes all, who each factor significantly in the lives of the Harper women. I'd happily take any one of them were I Liv, Caitlin, or Juliet.
If you're in the mood for a story of family secrets, grief, hope, second chances, romance, forgiveness, and love that will engage your emotions and deliver a satisfying happily ever after, I recommend RaeAnne Thayne's The Sea Glass Cottage.
New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.