Cottage by the Sea

Ballantine. Jul. 2018. 334p. ISBN 9780399181252. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399181269. F
OrangeReviewStarAnnie Marlow enjoys her life as a physician's assistant in L.A. Her weekends are filled with friends and the occasional visit with her family, and life is good. But one Thanksgiving, Annie loses everyone she holds dear in an unspeakable natural disaster. Broken and alone, she takes the advice of a friend and goes to visit one of the places where she was happy with her family: Oceanside beach in the Pacific Northwest and the little cottage by the sea that holds so many happy memories. The cottage is still there, and when she is offered a physician's assistant job at the local clinic she believes it's a sign she was meant to start over in Oceanside. Little does Annie realize that love was waiting for her to return, and that the lives of the people she soon calls family will embolden her to move beyond the hurt, toward love and a life full of possibility.
VERDICT Macomber ("Cedar Cove" series; A Marriage of Inconvenience) never disappoints. Tears and laughter abound in this story of loss and healing that will wrap you up and pull you in; readers will finish it in one sitting. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]

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