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; lovable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.

 This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever…


a cottage by the sea


Carole Matthews very skilfully wove every emotion possible – hope, bliss, disappointment, love, heartache, anticipation, anger, and the deep bonds of a lasting friendship – felt by 6 main characters during a week’s break in a beach side cottage.

Halfway through the book I had to stop and remind myself that only a couple of days had passed with the story – there seemed to be so much contained in it already. I thoroughly enjoyed the description of each friendship between the 3 females built up from when they were very young. Each relationship so different. 

Then there were the relationships between the 3 couples – each so diverse it kept the story line interesting and alive.
As Carole told the story of their backgrounds and the current status of each character’s life, she mixed in wonderful bits and pieces of what adults tend to do and say, and how they tend to act (sometimes like children), when relaxing in the company of well known friends, for a week or more. 

As always, Carole Matthews did not disappoint me with this fantastic story of life, love and relationships.



2 thoughts on “A Cottage By The Sea by Carole Matthews

  1. Carol Matthews May 16, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    I really enjoyed this book too, Jo, you have pointed out all the things that make this book so good, an excellent review! I think this is one of Carol’s best books so far, what would I give for a Noah in my life!!
    Carol xxxxx

    • joskehan May 16, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

      Exactly Carol…he was a honey….it was the first book for ages that made me wish I was in my 20s again and free to look around for a ‘Noah’. Lol. xx

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