Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware is a perfect summer getaway novel.  There is so much going on in this novel, it will keep your interest to the very end.

Blythe Barton has just fled Los Angeles following a very public divorce and the humiliation of a husband who she caught sleeping with her sister.  To escape the paparazzi, she takes a trip to Cornwall, hoping to find her family connection to Barton Hall.  Blythe meets the owner of the estate, a very handsome man named Luke Teague.

Blythe and Luke quickly hit it off, and one night in Luke's library, Blythe accidentally touches a framed  family tree on the wall.  She's immediately transported to 1793, and witnesses the first Blythe Barton, heavily pregnant, fighting with her husband, Kit Trevelyan.  Is she seeing a past life, or has she stepped into the past to witness what happened 200 years before?  What's the mystery behind 1793 Blythe Barton's disappearance?

Blythe becomes determined to figure out how she's connected to the house and Cornwall.  Of course, she's also fighting her attraction to Luke, and trying to heal the wounds from her recent divorce.  Luke has his own heartbreak, and a small son, Richard, who comes home from boarding school and immediately captures Blythe's heart.

This is a very well thought out novel.  The descriptions of the Cornish coast, the Painter's Cottage Blythe stays in on the estate, and the story line keeps you entertained and as eager as Blythe to solve the mystery.  It's hard to put down.  The past and the present are skillfully blended in this engaging historical novel.

This is available as an e-book; I read it on my NOOK!

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