Book Review: The Sea Glass Cottage by RaeAnne Thayne

I have previously enjoyed novels by RaeAnne Thayne so I was pleased when I received an ARC of The Sea Glass Cottage at the OLA Super Conference.

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary


The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour work days are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, Liv has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.

It’s just for a few months—that’s what Liv keeps telling herself. But the closer she gets to Cape Sanctuary, the painful memories start flooding back: Natalie, her vibrant, passionate older sister who downward-spiraled into addiction. The fights with her mother who enabled her sister at every turn. The overdose that took Natalie, leaving her now-teenaged daughter, Caitlin, an orphan.

As Liv tries to balance her own needs with those of her injured mother and an obstinate, resentful fifteen-year-old, it becomes clear that all three Harper women have been keeping heartbreaking secrets from one another. And as those secrets are revealed, Liv, Juliet, and Caitlin will see that it’s never too late—or too early—to heal family wounds and find forgiveness.

My thoughts:

I had previously enjoyed novels by RaeAnne Thayne and this novel did not disappoint. The novel shares the story of three generations of women. It is beautifully written in a way that touches your heart with a pacing that is pitched perfectly for this genre. The Sea Glass Cottage is told in a four person point of view (Olivia, Juliet, Caitlin, Cooper) and it is interesting to see how all of their stories are linked to one person, Natalie – a person whose voice we do not read.

We read of the struggles these women have in their personal lives as well as with their relationships. We read how they begin to reconnect with one another, as well as their slow belief that they have the right to be happy in their lives. What I enjoyed about this novel is that we are told stories of ordinary women – women who struggle and achieve in their day to day lives just as we do.

The Sea Glass Cottage is an enjoyable read for those who prefer reading contemporary women’s fiction that embrace women’s stories.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This novel was the 41st novel in my book pledge for 2020)

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