Cottage at the Beach

Written by:
Lee Tobin Mcclain
Narrated by:
Sandy Rustin

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
111
Narrator
19
Release Date
May 2020
Duration
8 hours 23 minutes
Summary
Escape to the Chesapeake Bay, where beach life is full of love, surprises and second chances…
When an injury forces K-9 officer Trey Harrison onto the sidelines, his only thought is getting back to the police force where he belongs. And he’ll do anything to make that happen—even volunteer in a small waterfront community, just to please his boss. But no one ever said Trey had to enjoy it…
Since the surgery that destroyed her dreams of having children, schoolteacher Erica Rowe has grown even more dedicated to her work with at-risk teens. So she doesn't need some cop with a chip on his shoulder putting the program's future in jeopardy. But when Trey finally connects with the students, Erica's heart melts. And when, in a tender moment, he admits he longs to have children, her heart breaks. She's convinced he'd be better off with someone who can give him everything, but she can't seem to shake the hope that maybe love is enough…
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Casey K.

The story is based around an injured K-9 police officer sent to a cabin to recover and get his "head back on straight" and the women he meets while there who has cancer run in her family and had a hysterectomy to hopefully avoid it in her future. The overall story was really good but I found myself getting annoyed with the author over and over. The story could have been more convincing and follow the same general story line while being more realistic with the way people act. There were a lot of moments where simple things were made to be big hurdles the characters had to overcome and it was hard to relate to. The narration was very good and the narrator did a great job with establishing the differences between characters voices and her portrayal of some of the older characters voices created a vivid picture in my head.

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Lis C.

Trey Harrison is an injured K9 cop, on unwilling disability leave, with his disability benefits not yet kicked in. There's also the problem of the issues that let to the impulsive mistake that led to his injury. He and his dog, King, rushed into a meth house when he heard a baby crying. This also placed at risk the officers who responded when he did call for help. His chief was already concerned about his behavior; now he's sent him to "volunteer" in a program called Healing Heroes. He'll be working in a program for troubled teens, a non-profit program based at a private school, serving teens not at all from the same social circles as most of the students--the students the school wants. It's not a program Trey feels is a good fit, but he needs a way to get by till his disability kicks in. Erica Rowe is the teacher in charge of the program. She's also taking care of her older sister, Amber, who has had a difficult struggle with cancer, giving Amber and her daughter, Hannah, the home at the beach in the town of Pleasant Shores that Amber has dreamed of. Erica dreamed of being a mother, and her dedication to the troubled teens program became even greater when a hysterectomy to protect against the cancer that not only threatens Amber, but also killed their mother, ended the chance of having children of her own. Their first meeting, an accidental encounter on the beach, is not promising. Erica doesn't think a K9 cop used to encountering teenagers as criminals is a good fit--exactly the doubts that Trey himself has. But Erica has to save the Behavioral Support program from the principal determined to shut it down, and Trey has been told he has to succeed at this rehab assignment if he wants his old job back. It starts off rough, but they do both have motivation. And much to both Trey and Erica's surprise, he does connect with these teens, seeing in them something of his own troubled adolescence. The romance between these two makes lots of sense. The problem is that the tension mostly comes from them not really communicating. They each at different times say something to the other about something that's a real issue for them, and is very unhappy when they don't get the response they hoped for. Except they talked around the problem, rather than actually sharing the crucial details that would let the other understand. I wanted to knock heads together. They're good and interesting characters, and surrounded by other good and interesting characters. Or even annoying and interesting characters. Julie, a recently divorced older woman who owns the Healing Heroes cottage, is also a mother, and grandmother to two teenagers, Caitlin and Sophia. Mr. James is a WWII veteran who is also very good with the kids from Erica's program. His son Kirk is in the same age range as Julie--and her friend and employer at the local bookstore, Mary. Mary and Kirk may have been an item sometime in the past, but neither is saying anything. We really get the sense of a full and active community in this tiny island town, which for me really adds to the enjoyment. Recommended. I bought this audiobook.

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Anonymous

Very cute book, didn't love the reading of it

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Anonymous

Yuck. If you're lying on a beach or by a pool and want the silliest, most trite romance novel available then have at it. Otherwise, it's a very silly, inane book. I could not wait for it to be over so I can move on to a real book. The characters were so ridiculous I wanted to just scream out loud. Ugh.

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Alissa Holmes

This was a pretty good story that I really enjoyed reading. It tells a story of a police officer that stays at a cottage due to getting an injury on the job as well as a woman who had to have a hysterectomy earlier in life due to having the genes that cause cancer. In the story we journey with this couple as they find one another and find fulfillment in their lives in spite of their past hertz injuries and traumas. We also meet their family members and find in life that the painful events in our lives can mold us into better people if we allow them to and if we communicate better and just dare to believe and to hope. The story was beautifully written and and I recommend it to others.

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Anonymous

sweet story

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Selena Grcic

Nice Listen This is a very nice story. a true romance with no sex scenes but leaves you with a good feeling in your heart. Every single one of the characters are relatable and real. All the situations are plausible . Most people can find something about at least one character that also fits something that jas happened in their own life or the life of someone they know. The narrator does a very good job of adding to the feeling of the story as they read.

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