Tuesday, May 07, 2024



Amber loves the time she spends at her family’s home, Beehive Cottage, located near the beautiful sparkling sea.  She is completely devastated when her wedding is abruptly called off, the one thing she needs is to get away from it all.  The only place she wants to be is Beehive Cottage.  When she arrives, the charming little cottage is falling apart and she wants to spend her days renovating it.  The work will help her keep her mind off her wedding that didn’t happen.  She finds a stack of documents that were rolled up hidden behind an old cupboard.  As she reads through the documents, secrets not only of the cottage, but of the past generations of her family come to light.  Will this be a new beginning, a second chance or the happily ever after that she deserves?

The Girl in the Cottage by the Sea written by Rebeca Alexander is an amazing read.   I absolutely love The Island Cottage Series.  I could not wait to get my hands on this installment.  I loved Amber’s  story, the family history and the hope of a second chance at happiness.  The character of Ben was heart-warming, and the plot twist was exceptional.  The author’s writing is amazing and she doesn’t waist any time pulling you into the story.  This awesome storyline kept me engaged from the first page to the last.  This rapid read is sure to melt your heart and I highly recommend it.  It can be read as a standalone book even though it is part of a wonderful series.  


Rating: 4 out of 4.


Author:  Rebecca Alexander 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 7, 2024
Pages: 333 

Amber gazes towards the sparkling turquoise sea from the doorway of Beehive Cottage, clutching an old book in her hands. The yellowing pages tell the tale of another woman who lost everything but found hope and healing here. Will broken-hearted Amber find a second chance at the cottage too? 

Devastated when her wedding is called off, Amber escapes to her family’s seaside home on a beautiful windswept island. The charming cottage, up a steep lane from the cobbled quay, is falling apart. Grateful for the distraction, Amber throws herself into the renovation with the help of surly red-haired builder 
Ben. The old building hides many secrets and, behind a cupboard that was sealed decades ago, Amber finds piles of curled documents that send her deep into the past.

As she pours over the smudged ink, Amber is drawn into the wartime world of 
Georgina, a widow whose life was shattered before she came to the island. It was in this very cottage that Georgina found the courage to start again with her two young children. Inspired by Georgina’s bravery, Amber begins to reinvent herself as she works with Ben to bring Beehive Cottage back to life. Together they unravel the secrets of the cottage, finding fragments of history behind its walls. And, even though her heart is still fragile, she finds herself growing close to handsome and thoughtful Ben as they spend hours talking over warming coffees by the ocean.

But when the islanders’ protectiveness over Ben because of a past hurt makes her question their relationship, and a devastating fire threatens to destroy Beehive Cottage, will Amber lose Ben and her future on Morwen island? Or, when Amber discovers Georgina’s memoir and learns of a wartime romance that blossomed against the odds, will she find the strength to fight for her own love story?


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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