Wednesday, 8 January 2014
A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews
Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time.
When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband.
Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.
This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever...
This is very much a British holiday book through and through. Set in South Wales it's a tale of friendships and holiday fun. A story about three best friends in their thirties who make time to get together on a trip to Wales with their partners. All the characters very much have different personalities, interests and ideas on what they want to be doing which bring different dimensions to the story. A lovely well-written book of compromise, holiday laughs and relationships.
Just how eventful can one holiday be? A lot of life changing events happen in this book, yet not too many to be unrealistic or to be put off. A happy ending does happen for main character Grace, which is a good thing as you really warm to her character.
Overall rating: 7/10 - A good read with lots happening in one book. It captures the spirit of a holiday within the UK without going too far to make it unrealistic. A good contrast of bad and good events occur during the book with everything turning out for the best in the end. I would recommend to those going on a holiday in the UK, those who love a happy ending and those who like a fast-paced read.