"Do not start unless you want to be up all night!...Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, you'll believe in the ability of love to transcend time and place and the wonder of Ciji Ware's writing. Superb!"
--Romantic Times (Gold Medal review)
One woman, one man, one shared fate...
A remote cottage on the wild coast of Cornwall sounded to Blythe Barton Stowe like the perfect escape from the pain and humiliation of recent events in her Hollywood life. But soon she seems to be reliving a centuries-old tragedy, and the handsome owner of the shabby manor house on the hill appears vitally entwined in her destiny. As they unearth one shocking family secret after another, Blythe is forced to conclude that her intriguing neighbor is more than just an impecunious British gentleman bent on saving his ancestral home. And the impeccably honorable Lucas Teague begins to see Blythe as a lifeline in an otherwise bleak existence.
But is the unbridled attraction they're experiencing a dangerous distraction, or could it be strong enough to transcend the insurmountable complexities of time and place...?
A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware is what I consider a true romance novel with a smattering of suspense. The storyline is as solid as a brick wall and captures you from the beginning and keeps you ensnared in it's net of interest right up till the very last words. A book by all accounts that could be a classic in years to come takes you on an emotional journey that will have you wondering if you are not playing the heroine in this vivid sensory tale.
Blythe Barton Stowe needs to escape from the hellish reality that her husband and sister have plunged her into. As soon as the divorce is final she jumps a plane and heads to the lush fields and cliffs of Cornwall England. Her grandmother always claimed they were decendants of the Cornish Bartons and Blythe decides that this might be just the bit of medicine she needs to recover from a broken heart. Little does she know that she will indeed find more than she could have every hoped or bargined for.
The scenery is nothing short of spectular for her medicinal retreat. A cottage on the cliff with the sea crashing below, no telephones, computers, cell reception and people make this a true delight. A nearby castle is owner to this cottage and is her nearest neighbor unless you want to consider all the sheep in the pastures bleeting their musical language that only they can understand. Sounds like heaven to me that's for sure.
This is a story for those that like something more than a fast piece of fluff. There's not a lot of sex in this tale but tons of romance that will have you longing for the times when men were real gentlemen. The author has given us a delightful sampling of what she is truly capable of and I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on another of her offerings.
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 1, 2010)