Sunday, July 8, 2012

Cottage By The Sea By Robin Jones Gunn

I received this book from Howard Books for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

A daughter’s gift of time, a father’s silent wish.
Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients’ longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being in love. As a bonus, the two women utilize their business to help Erin’s son Jordan and his fiancee, Sierra, plan a grand wedding.
But the two friends aren’t prepared for the cloud moving in to cover the sunny, successful start of their business. Erin’s father, who lives in a small coastal Oregon community with his brusque, downright odd second wife, Delores, develops a medical problem that puts him in the hospital. Erin responds by rushing from Southern California to her father’s—and oh, yeah, Delores’s—cottage by the sea.
What greets Erin when she arrives sends her tumbling down a bewildering path to a different kind of happiest day. Her journey tosses her through highs and lows of hurt and healing, betrayal and renewal, wrong assumptions righted, and the brightest future one could ever hope for. All just around the corner, at the cottage by the sea.

My Thoughts:

Cottage By The Sea by Robin Jones Gunn is a wonderful story of a daughter's experience with her father as he battles a medical issue.  This story tells the journey Erin Bryce takes while trying to care for her father, the ups and downs, the highs and lows, and how when she embraced God's help things went different.  I truly enjoyed this story. Robin Jones Gunn writes with authority about illness, taking care of a parent, and also Moss Cove, Oregon. The words she uses to describe this town and the cottage by the sea, Hidden Cottage made me feel like I was right there seeing all of the details and could almost smell the sea air.  This story also talks about the relationship between a father and daughter, that special bond.   The characters in this book are very real people who aren't perfect.  Robin Jones Gunn's characters are very transparent and that is such a great thing.  Cottage By The Sea was very hard to put down and I enjoyed every minute of it.  If you enjoy Christian Fiction: Chick Lit, you will enjoy this story.  I look forward to reading more books by Robin Jones Gunn. 

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