As the waves crash against the boat, Nicole wonders if the island will be as magical as she remembers… Will it offer her the new beginning she’s been searching for?
When Nicole finds herself in need of a new start, she instantly thinks of Morwen Island. She remembers the beautiful, remote place from her student days and, as she thinks of its cobbled streets and salty sea air, she wonders if this might be the place where she can begin again…
As she settles into island life, Nicole begins to feel like her old self. And when a knock on her cottage door brings handsome local Josh, who she remembers from her time on the island, she is instantly attracted to his charming smile. With their shared passion for the island’s wildlife, they spend more time together, and soon Nicole finds it hard to ignore her growing feelings. But is her fragile heart ready to embrace the possibility of love once more?
When Josh suggests they investigate the supposedly haunted old house where Nicole lived as a student, she is forced to put her feelings for him to one side. She recalls the past heartache she felt there all too well and, as she looks up at the crumbling old building, she wonders whether the locals are right. Does the house still have secrets to hide?
As she explores, Nicole learns about the women who lived there during the Second World War, a long-forgotten family secret, and a loss that will break her heart…
As Nicole pieces together what really happened during the war, she feels a stronger pull to the island than ever before. Will she be able to uncover what became of the women who lived in the old house? And, if she does, will she learn from their story, and open her heart to a new life with her one true love on Morwen Island?
An absolutely heartbreaking and unputdownable read, perfect for fans of gripping family dramas, and for those who enjoy the novels of Debbie Macomber, Fiona Valpy and Nancy Thayer.
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My Review of Dreams of the Cottage by the Sea
Book 3 of this series didn’t disappoint at all. Another dual timeline book but the author manages to keep our interest going in both stories.
In today’s world, Nichole, reeling from the terrible effects of an accident, comes to Morwen Island to take a break and to heal. She’s been here as a student and sees it as a quiet place to rest. She doesn’t bargain for the community reeling her in and one man, Josh, grabbing her attention the way he does! Their shared love of the ecology sees them working together and might change Nichole’s future course of action.
In World War 2 times, Lily, comes to live with her cousin on the main, to mourn her losses. When she hears of a another cousin who needs support, she rushes to help. How this decides the course of her future makes for the second story in this beautiful book.
Loss, grief, emotional baggage, and a beautiful community and their extended familes that helps both these women to heal is the common thread that runs through both stories.
Beautiful settings, great characters, raw emotion and healing from pain through love and community make this another lovely read from this author.
About the author:
Rebecca Alexander was born in Malta and grew up on the south coast of England, becoming a psychologist. She escaped parenting six children to study writing in 2011, and the Secrets series of novels was published in 2013. A Baby’s Bones and sequel followed. Rebecca lives in a haunted 300-year-old cottage in Devon where she grows fruit, paints, and bakes. She reads and writes all sorts of genres, from women’s fiction to fantasy to crime. She is married with four chickens, two grandchildren and a cat. Connect with her on Twitter and sign up for her newsletter.
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