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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140222270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402222702
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

What would you do if you caught your sister in bed with your husband? Chances are at the very least you'd nix your relationship with both of them and run as far away as you could get--especially if the story is going to be plastered all over the tabloids. This is exactly what Hollywood mogul Blythe Stowe does. She heads to England and the Cornish Coast. There she steeps herself in Daphne du Maurier's wonderful novels, finds love with an Englishman, and discovers family secrets that have been long concealed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Nothing short of spectacular." - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"From supernatural and history buffs to romance lovers and garden experts, this book will capture you beginning to end... eloquent and poetic ." - BookPleasures.com

"A timeless novel... engaging characters, an engrossing plot, and entertaining dialogue. Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Romance

"It was almost as if I opened the book and was magically sucked into the pages while I walked every step with the characters." - Pudgy Penguin Perusals

"An enjoyable, solid story that kept me entertained... this novel wickedly blended past and present." - Readin' and Dreamin'

"A story of love and time travel" - BookLoons.com

"A thoroughly compelling read and one I'm glad that Sourcebooks has re-released!" - Queen of Happy Endings

"Full of humor, raw emotion, love, redemption and forgiveness." - Passages to the Past

"An unforgettable story, which will be remembered long after the last page is read and the book is closed." - Romance Junkies

"Ware has created a poignant story of desolation and rejuvenation that transports you to another world." - Best Romance Stories

"The characters are well developed and likable." - Steph the Bookworm

"The story was original, heart-wrenching and fresh." - Mrs. Q Book Addict

"A well-formed narrative and skillful character development." - The Calico Critic

"A light and entertaining book. I could imagine walking around in the beautiful gardens." - Bookgirl's Nightstand

"A thinking woman's romance... [A Cottage by the Sea] deals with complex issues in an interesting way." - Love Romance Passion

"When characters intrigue you and a plot mesmerizes you in it's twists and turns, how do you not keep turning pages? Unusual and special in it's originality... " - Between the Pages

More About the Author

CIJI WARE is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling novelist, an Emmy-award winning television producer, reporter, writer, lecturer, and host. She has won numerous awards for her 8 works of fiction, including the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence; the 'Golden Quill' award for Historical Fiction;'Best Fictionalized Biography' for ISLAND OF THE SWANS and 'Best Historical Novel nomination for WICKED COMPANY from Romantic Times magazine. Her novel, A RACE TO SPLENDOR debuted in April, 2011 on the 105th anniversary of the devastating 1905 San Francisco Earthquake and Firestorm and was short-listed for the WILLA (Cather) Literary Award in 2012. Her first all-contemporary work of fiction, THAT SUMMER IN CORNWALL, was published in January, 2013, and is a stand-alone sequel to her bestselling "time-slip" novel, A COTTAGE BY THE SEA. The second in Ware's Four Seasons Quartet, THAT AUTUMN IN EDINBURGH--also a contemporary, stand-alone sequel to ISLAND OF THE SWANS--was published in November, 2013. For the latter novel, she was bestowed the honor of FSA Scot, of which she is exceedingly proud.

Ware's most recent nonfiction, RIGHTSIZING YOUR LIFE: Simplifying Your Surroundings While Keeping What Matters Most was named by the Wall Street Journal as "One of the Top 5 Books on Retirement Issues." For seventeen years Ware was heard daily as a commentator on ABC Radio & TV in Los Angeles. During her noted career as a broadcaster, she has worked for PBS and all three major network affiliates, covering a wide range of topics in the areas of health, consumer and lifestyle subjects. Ciji Ware is also a sought-after event speaker, print journalist, (AARP, Travel & Leisure and other national magazines) and has the distinction of being elected as the first woman graduate of Harvard College to serve as President of the Harvard Alumni Association, Worldwide. The author lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visit Ciji's website at www.cijiware.com; her Facebook page: Ciji Ware, Novelist
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ciji-Ware-Novelist/102621349810555 and her Pinterest page at http://pinterest.com/cijiware/

Customer Reviews

I am now a huge Ciji Ware fan and can't wait to read more of her books.
Leila T. Francis
Instead I found the plot trite and contrived, and the characters became more and more annoying with too many cheesy and 'cutesy' one-liners.
Elizabeth kuester
This was a book that once I started reading it I did not want to put it down.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this after "Island of the Swans"(5 stars), and the last few chapters of this book is what clinched the 5 star rating from me because they gave closure to all the questions that remained with me from "Swans". It wasn't all happy information, kind of like hearing about what happened to a lover you lost contact with 20 years ago, but that tie between the two books knocked my socks off! I can see why someone may not like this without first reading "Swans", a far fetched plot and sometimes goofy heroine. She requires much forgiveness in terms of believability. I tried to read Midnight on Julia Street, and felt the same without interest in the historial content. But, it is enjoyable summer reading, no big brainer, and really good if you READ "SWANS" FIRST!
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137 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Andrew B. Brown on February 19, 2011
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I couldn't wait until I finished this book to write a review. I don't think I am going to waste my time finishing it. I was ready for historical fiction, romance, the English countryside, etc. What I got was cowgirls from Wyoming, nonstop country grandma sayings, rodeo talk, lengthy discussions on rodeo horses and everything Hollywood. Horrible so far. The time travel was completely laughable. The main character has rebound sex with a handsome Cornish lord in a castle. From the beginning they are completely horny for each other. Not the type of romantic English story I was hoping for. Very disappointing. I am only 1/3 of the way through this nightmare and find myself constantly nodding off and rolling my eyes at this horrible story. I'm sure it will have a sappy typical ending so what's the point of forcing myself to read it. I'm deleting it from my kindle now.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Nora Weidemann on November 19, 1999
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Betrayed Hollywood divorcee aka ex "Miss Rodeo Wyoming" ventures to Cornish cottage to recover from said divorce; falls for handsome landlord (predictably lives in castle) amidst a plethora of twangy Wyoming cowgirl one-liners, wisdoms from "grandma on the farm" and glorfied accounts of repugnant rodeo practices. Approximately halfway through this delightful tale the "heroine" then tearfully admits to an absolutely revolting act of cruelty against a rodeo horse because it bucked too much (!) thereby throwing and killing her younger brother. At this point I threw this charming tale into the nearest trash bin. Extremely disappointing.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "marycarrieh" on November 27, 2000
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A Cottage by the Sea is a fun, page-turning read. The feisty heroine charms, while drawing the reader further into the story. Her interactions with the past help to shape her plans for the present and future--a literary device Ciji Ware knows how to use to the fullest. There's a wealth of local color also, especially for gardeners and lovers of Daphne duMaurier. It's diverting and entertaining enough for an airplane ride or lounging on the beach, but intelligent enough to hold the interest.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Diana F. Von Behren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2001
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I did not like this book at all. It seems to be typical of a particular genre where all the characters are rich and famous and wear only the best labeled clothing. The women are all glamourous, the men, model handsome.
This book caught my attention because its setting was the Cornwall of Daphne Du Maurier and supposedly its premise was similar to that of Du Maurier's great romantic classics. This could not be further from the truth. The characters in "A Cottage by the Sea" are utterly vacuous parodies; the time travel sequence is ridiculously unbelievable.
Instead of wasting your time and money on this book, pick up copies of "Rebecca", "Frenchman's Creek", "Jamaica Inn" and the "Scapegoat"; even if you've already read them, you will get more out of a repeat read than a first go at this. If you love time travel, try the Gabaldon Outlander series; although there are some improbable situations in these stories, at least they are entertaining as well as well-written with real characters who laugh, cry and speak as we do.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
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A Cottage by the Sea is as charming and engrossing as Daphne duMaurier at her best. If you like historical novels (or even if you don't), you'll love this book and its very believable heroine. Fun for the beach, or for a rainy Sunday on the couch!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CAPinBoynton on April 22, 2011
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I was unfamiliar with Ms. Ware's writings, so I heeded the reviews on Amazon and read Island of Swans first. I really enjoyed the story of Jane Maxwell, so I was anxious to read Cottage by the Sea. However, because someone had reviewed Cottage as a sequel to Island, I found myself mentally jumping ahead and trying to link the two while reading Cottage. This is a mistake. Cottage can stand on its own two feet as a delightful story in itself. Yes, since I had read Island first it was nice to have the loose ends tied up; but, had I not read Island I still would have thoroughly enjoyed Cottage by the Sea. I don't think it is fair to Cottage to view it as a sequel. My advice is to enjoy Cottage by the Sea as a separate, romantic story that just happens to connect with Island of Swans at the very end. It does not have a deep plot or the historical intrigue of Island, but it does exhibit Ms. Ware's wonderful talent of character development. Cottage by the Sea does not depend upon Island of Swans, but the connection is interesting. I enjoyed both books!
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