Why had the house stayed empty so long? Why had it never been sold?
Nicole has left her city life for the sleepy town of Rosella Cove, renting the old cottage by the water. She plans to keep to herself – but when she uncovers a hidden box of wartime love letters, she realises she’s not the
first person living in this cottage to hide secrets and pain.
Ivy’s quiet life in Rosella Cove is tainted by the events of World War II, with ramifications felt for many years to come. But one night a drifter appears and changes everything. Perhaps his is the soul she’s meant to save.
Charlie is too afraid of his past to form any lasting ties in the cove. He knows he must make amends for his tragic deeds long ago, but he can’t do it alone. Maybe the new tenant in the cottage will help him fulfil a promise and find the redemption he isn’t sure he deserves.
Welcome to the cottage at Rosella Cove, where three damaged souls meet and have the chance to rewrite their futures.
The Cottage at Rosella Cove is an engaging contemporary fiction novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The story follows Nicole, an author, who attempts to leave her past behind and move into an old cottage in Rosella Cove. The deal is that she will renovate the property whilst staying there. For an inexperienced renovator, she tries her best to give it a go. The townspeople soon offer their assistance and within no time there is a working bee happening in the garden and the home. The townspeople are helpful beyond belief.
Nicole starts to realise how important her new friendships are and her life becomes intertwined with those around her; past and present. Sandie Docker structures the novel so that the past and present meet in such a beautiful way. Within the narrative are letters from Ivy, the prior owner of the cottage, giving insight into her personal story, the history of the people and town. Nicole finds these letters in the cottage and soon realises their significance. She learns from Ivy’s life lessons. Ivy had struggled with loss, as has Nicole.
The way the author develops the characters is interesting, as each individual learns from one another. They learn to live a more peaceful and loving life. The townspeople are superstitious, friendly and extremely welcoming. Nicole also learns to let others in, gaining friendships as she enjoys her newfound home. I fell in love with the townspeople, including Charlie, an old recluse with a tainted history and a big heart, Danny, a gentleman who has experienced his own heartache, offering his friendship to make Nicole feel a part of the town and Mandy, a loving and caring lady who knows what it is the be a true friend. I was, however, left wondering and wanting to know more about the development of certain relationships, including that of her friend Jane. Hopefully there is a sequel.
The setting was lovely. Via the author’s descriptions I was able to clearly picture the cottage by the water and as a result of this and the wonderful characterisation, I feel like Rosella Cove is definitely somewhere that I would want to live.
If you love Nicholas Sparks’ novels you will also enjoy this. It is a beautiful novel inside and out, that I would recommend. A perfect holiday read.