Wednesday, July 19, 2023



Olivia Elliott needs a vacation and decides to spend her summer on the beautiful and remote Morwen Island. She grew up there and is happy to be going home. Olivia remembers the last time she was there and she had so much heartbreak when she left. She rents a beautiful and quaint cottage on the tranquil shore. Soon after arriving, she runs into Jory Trethewey who happens to be her first true love. She remembers their heartbreaking breakup as if it was yesterday. Jory is a local boatbuilder who never moved away from the island. He decided to help Olivia renovate and bring the cottage to life again. As they spend time together redecorating and renovating the cottage they uncover some of its rich history. They want to know everything they can about the cottage’s history. When they find that the history of the cottage dates back to World War II, where a wounded airman arrived at the island and hid from the war. A woman found him, and they quickly fell in love with each other and risked everything to be together. Olivia and Jory find love while exploring the history of the cottage and discovering the past is actually just as beautiful as what the future holds. 

Coming Home to the Cottage by the Sea authored by Rebecca Alexander was a wonderful continuation of The Island Cottage series. I love time slip novels and this one did not disappoint. The characters in this story were so amazing and I loved them all. I felt a personal connection to them as their life stories unfolded. The author does an amazing job of perfectly describing Morwen Island and the beautiful island landscape.  I thoroughly enjoy this author’s writing style and will continue to seek out her stories. This phenomenal story of the past, the present and the future is one that will remain in my heart. Don’t pass up this must read series. I loved everything about it.


Rating: 4 out of 4.


Author:  Rebecca Alexander
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 18, 2023
Pages: 327 
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As Olivia watches the island grow larger on the horizon, she wonders if returning to this place was the right decision…

Olivia Elliott decides to spend the summer on the remote Morwen Island where she grew upshe can’t help but wonder if returning home is a good idea. After all, she still remembers the heartbreak she left behind on those shores many years ago.

Back on the island, Olivia soon adjusts to life as an islander and rents a cottage for the summer. But, before long, she runs into her first love, 
Jory Tretheweya handsome local boatbuilder who never left the remote community. And despite the fact she can still recall their painful breakup, Olivia finds she now can’t stop thinking about him…

When Jory offers to help Olivia fix up the cottage, the two begin to spend more time together. And as they renovate, they realise the house has its own secrets and they decide to put the past behind them and investigate its history.

Soon they uncover a story dating back to the 
Second World War, of a wounded airman who came to this island to hide from the world, and of the woman who fell in love with him, and risked everything to be with him…

As Olivia tries to find out what happened to the young woman and her airman, she finds herself frustrated by the lack of answers. What became of their story? Did risking everything for love work out for them? And, if it did, should she follow in the lovers’ footsteps, and finally trust her heart?


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. 

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