Cottage by the Sea
by Robin Jones Gunn
Received for Review from publisher
Women's Christian Fiction
Release Date: July 3,2012
Average Goodreads Rating:4.43
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
From bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn—a poignant novel about a woman who must care for her ill and elderly father, hoping to mend both his health and their relationship.Erin’s new business as a wedding planner is running at full speed and her empty nest years are full of promise when she receives a call that puts everything on hold: her estranged father has had a stroke. The twinkle is fading from Jack O’Riley’s Irish eyes and his calloused second wife leaves, making it clear this is not what she signed up for. Suddenly Erin’s visit to her father’s cottage by the sea is extended indefinitely. At first the task before her is as daunting as the wild Oregon coast that has become her unwanted second home. Yet in the many hours she spends beside her ailing father, Erin finds a treasure hidden in the darkness. She reaches out and, at long last, receives the gift of healing.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for this opportunity!
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the second book I've read by Robin Jones Gunn. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one I read by her and so I had high hopes for this one.
The other novel I read from her was Finally and Forever from the Katie Weldon series and so this novel was very different in target audience and in the way it was written. However, Gunn's ability to create characters that I adored and a world that drew me in remained constant.
The moment that protagonist learns that her father is ill she jumps on a plane to go see him. At that instance, I felt my emotions being pulled into the book and found myself attached to the story line.
Erin left behind her husband and her business to take care of a father with whom she had a strained relationship. That was both touching and inspiring. And to all of those who have ever had an ill loved one, this book rings true.
Brilliantly written and beautifully developed a novel that I definitely recommend and one that I absolutely adored.
In Summary: A incredible novel that is bound to uplift and entertain. Definitely one worth reading.
The Wrap-up: Gunn's novels are written in a compelling manner that hits home. A beautiful novel that was nothing like I expected and yet better in every way. Read this one for an entertaining read that is poignant and will have you laughing, crying, and cheering the characters on go. Basically if you pick this one up, you won't regret it.