Pages: 544 pgs
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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...?
I am a huge fan of historical fiction novels that are more than simply historical. I tend to get bored when it is that straightforward. It usually must be mixed with another genre for me to be interested for more than a couple of minutes. A Cottage by the Sea was perfect. It was a mix of historical fiction, romance and even a bit of paranormal.
Blythe Barton Stowe, a Hollywood production designer in the midst of a divorce, moves to Cornwall and becomes a tenant of Lucas Teague, a widower who was dealing with his grief and the financial issues attached to Barton Manor. Blythe and Lucas quickly form a connection both in their personal lives and well as their professional. Blythe is also granted visions of her ancestors when she touches Lucas’ family tree. She witnesses firsthand her ancestor Blythe’s (let’s call her Ye Olde Blythe, shall we?) rejection of Kit in favor of his brother Ennis and the devastation that resulted.
There were so many things that I loved about this book. I really loved most of the characters. The only ones that I wanted to slam over the head with a mallet were Ye Olde Blythe, Ennis and Chloe. Luke and Modern Blythe were just charming and their chemistry was amazing. Ware also weaved between the two time periods really well. There were no abrupt transitions between time periods. Sometimes that can be quite jarring. I also loved the setting. Cornwall is one of my fantasy vacations. A Cottage by the Sea also made me want to read a Daphne du Maurier novel really badly. She is one of those authors I have always wanted to read but never have (there are many of those).