Friday, March 27, 2020

Review: The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne

The Sea Glass Cottage
by RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Another standalone book by RaeAnne Thayne and I historically like her stand alone books the most.  Told through multiple perspectives, but mostly through a mother daughter duo who have been reunited by a health crisis and both must decide where they want their lives to go next.  Olivia Harper has lived far from her mother for awhile and there are many reasons for this separation.  Juliet Harper, her mother, fell off a ladder at work and Olivia feels the draw home to help take care of her and maybe push the pause button on her current life and rhythms and reevaluate everything.

I always love a story that allows multiple characters to tell their side of the story.  I think you get much deeper and full story when characters are given a chance to tell their side of things.  

With family relationships at the center of this story there wasn't a focus on romance and I liked this change.  There was of course a bit of romance in the story, but it wasn't the only thing in the plot and that felt refreshing.  I love the focus on mothers and daughters and all the complicated things that go into those relationships.  I have a great relationship with my mom and I could chuckle at moments where even the best of mothers and daughters can clash!

I adored this book and would recommend it completely.  I think it would be a great book to read during a summer vacation, it was a quick and easy read and I wouldn't have minded reading it in a relaxed beach setting!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 19 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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