Friday, January 19, 2024



Eleanor Markham is still grieving the death of her mother.  So when she was asked to organize a festival on St. Brannock’s Island she immediately accepts the offer. She could use the distraction and knowing that her mother was from the remote island she saw it as an opportunity to find her family.  The locals welcome her with open arms, except for Bruno Roskelly.  With his help she discovers that she is staying the cottage that her mother was born in.  She soon finds out that grandmother was also a resident of the cottage.  As Eleanor continues to research her family history, she is completely enthralled with what she has uncovered, the ties of her American heritage, and the new family she has discovered from the island.  

Second Chances at the Cottage by the Sea authored by Rebecca Alexander is a wonderfully written novel.  This book was a completely engaging storyline that takes place in dual timelines.  This heartbreaking and inspiring story left me teary-eyed and unable to stop reading.  This was a rapid read for me because I absolutely loved the people and felt every emotion as I turned each page.  The story itself is beautifully written and I was pulled in from the very first page.  This is the fifth book in The Island Cottage series.  It can be read as a standalone, but my suggestion is to start this phenomenal series from the first book.  It a series that feels like home and family.  I highly recommend it.


Rating: 4 out of 4.


Author:  Rebecca Alexander
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 18, 2024
Pages: 337 
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As she watches the island come into view, Eleanor wonders if this remote place might hold the answers she’s spent her life searching for…

Eleanor Markham is asked to run a festival on St Brannock’s Island, she instantly accepts. She needs something new to focus on after the death of her beloved mother, and she knows that her mother was adopted from the island. Is it possible Eleanor will find her lost family in this remote place?

When she arrives, Eleanor is welcomed by the islanders. All except rugged farmer 
Bruno Roskelly, who glares at her with his piercing dark-brown eyes. He doesn’t want the festival to take place on his land but, as Eleanor tries to persuade him, she realises his gruff exterior hides a kind heart that was broken many years ago.

With Bruno’s help, Eleanor discovers that she is staying in the very cottage where her mother was born. And as she gets closer to learning who her grandmother might be, she uncovers the story of a remarkable woman who lived in the cottage too, and who risked everything to protect the islanders during the 
Second World War, as well as to be with the man she loved…

As the fragments of history fall into place, Eleanor feels closer to her family than ever before. But can she take inspiration from her past and be brave once more? And if she does, might she mend Bruno’s broken heart, and perhaps even her own?


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. 


  1. What a lovely review, thank you! Reb Alexander

    1. Thank you for sharing your story…I loved it! #BookLove📚♥️📚