19 March 2020

The Sea Glass Cottage - Book Review

The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne
Publication date: March 17, 2020
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Contemporary romance, contemporary fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars ✰✰✰
Strengths: Believable and likable characters
Weaknesses: Predictable

I enjoyed this book about three generations of women, learning about themselves and sharing their secrets with each other and those they love. We've got Juliet, the matriarch who runs the family's garden shop since she was widowed years ago. She's the mother of Olivia, a successful tech business owner living 12 hours away in Seattle. The third generation is Caitlin, Olivia's niece who has spent her 15-year-life so far with Juliet.

Caitlin has been snooping around, trying to find clues to who her father is, since her mother died of an overdose before Caitlin could get to know her. And Juliet has been hiding secrets about her own health, which may come to a head quickly after she falls from a ladder at the garden center, breaking her hip and some ribs. Olivia has decided she is the one who needs to hold them all together now, but she's still a little nervous about being in public after witnessing a very public crime a week or so earlier.

I found Juliet and Olivia's stubborn independence a bit relatable, but could also understand the healthy dose of teenage attitude that Caitlin was dishing out without telling anyone why. The men they interacted with sometimes seemed like just props in the journey of the women to be find their way through their own circumstances and trust each other with their truths and their hearts.

Overall, I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I really didn't want to believe one of the things that was revealed, and kept waiting for an alternative truth, but otherwise the story was pretty predictable.

Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for my honest review.


Vicki said...

From the cover, title, and it being about three generations of women I thought this would be a perfect book for me to read. But after reading your review, I think I'll pass. Thanks for sharing you thoughts.

Liz Parker said...

Pretty cover. I usually like quick reads like these, too.