The life Olivia Harper always dreamed of isn’t so dreamy these days. The 16-hour work days are unfulfilling and so are things with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when she hears that her estranged mother, Juliet, has been seriously injured in a car accident, Liv has no choice but to pack up her life and head home to beautiful Cape Sanctuary on the Northern California coast.
It’s just for a few months—that’s what Liv keeps telling herself. But the closer she gets to Cape Sanctuary, the painful memories start flooding back: Natalie, her vibrant, passionate older sister who downward-spiraled into addiction. The fights with her mother who enabled her sister at every turn. The overdose that took Natalie, leaving her now-teenaged daughter, Caitlin, an orphan.
As Liv tries to balance her own needs with those of her injured mother and an obstinate, resentful fifteen-year-old, it becomes clear that all three Harper women have been keeping heartbreaking secrets from one another. And as those secrets are revealed, Liv, Juliet, and Caitlin will see that it’s never too late—or too early—to heal family wounds and find forgiveness.
The Sea Glass Cottage is a feel-good family novel by RaeAnne Thayne.
There's a whole lot going on throughout the book. Three main characters, Juliet, her daughter Liv, and granddaughter Caitlin. Juliet has been raising Caitlin since Caitlin's mom overdosed, and Liv is back in town just for a short while.
In addition to the three women, there are plenty of other characters and multiple narratives explored throughout. There are plenty of secrets and mysteries to be explored.
I definitely enjoy the multiple story arcs, as well as the character development. The heart of the story is about family. The three generations of women are well represented, each with their own issues and ways of handling said issues.
The writing is wonderful, expertly weaving the multiple characters and story lines without ever confusing or overwhelming the reader. The author handles each aspect with care and in a very realistic manner.
Overall, The Sea Glass Cottage is a wonderful novel. This RaeAnne Thayne tale is the perfect book when you're looking for a heart-felt family read mixed with romance.