Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
Nora is happily married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts when she finds out he's having an affair. With her life falling apart, newspaper journalists everywhere, and Malcolm not coming home at night, she makes the decision to go to the family beach house on the coast of Maine for the summer. She packs her daughters and herself up and heads for the home she left behind at the age of five.
Harper Collins sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It was published in May, so you can grab a copy at your local bookstore now.
Nora is crushed by her husband's defection, but she isn't sure if she wants to divorce him or have him move back home. Her youngest daughter doesn't seem to be much affected by the turmoil, but the oldest daughter is very resentful and wants her father back in the family. This is enough of a challenge for Nora, but she has some devils of her own to deal with here at the seashore. This is place where her mother disappeared when she was five. She was never seen again. No one knew what happened to her.
Staying in this beach house means the past comes to meet with the present and nothing is exactly like it seems. Will Nora be able to heal here, or will this just make it worse?
The story is well written, has a bit fantasy in it, and sounds all too like a family facing divorce. If you want to see how Nora deals with her family matters (past and present), you'll need to grab this book and settle yourself into your "beach" chair for a read.
If you'd like to win my ARC, leave a comment here on the blog and email at info at bookfaerie.com with your name and address and why you'd like to read this book. I'll pick a winner in about a week.