Letters from Lighthouse Cottage by Ali McNamara
Paperback: 384 pages
Published: 14 July 2016
Amazon UK / US
Author: Ali McNamara
Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it's home to Grace - although right now, she's not too happy about it.Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she'd long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?
It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home - after all, they do say that's where the heart is...
My Honest thoughts on this book...
I wish Ali McNamara written more than one book a year! It is always such a treat to open the first page of her book and immerse myself in her unique storytelling style.
The book cover also beautifully depicts the seaside town of Sandybridge where we first time meet a teenage Grace who is about to embark on a life journey (with a little help from a mystique typewriter Remy) expanding over a few decades and covering everyday life from the first love to the last.
I enjoyed reading about Gracie's life journey from the teenage-hood to adulthood/motherhood. Grace made a couple of lifelong friends Charlie and Danny. And as I sped through the chronologically divided parts of the book I learnt about their various events friendships and relationships, but Grace, Charlie and Danny's connection stayed strong and grew more meaningful year by year. I almost felt like I grow up with the gang, and they had welcomed me into their group with warm arms and shared their ups and downs with me.
Throughout this story, there was one thing that connected the three friends Sandybridge House were they all shared happy and sad times. Grace vowed herself never to stay in her hometown, she dreamed of travelling the world and being independent. But as Grace got older Sandybridge took on a whole new meaning and Grace learnt there is more to her hometown then she thought.
I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of Sandybridge, the colourful, well-rounded and deeply emotional characters that I grew so fond of in a short period it took me to read this book.
Letters from Lighthouse Cottage is a beautiful book full of unexpected surprises, emotional scenes and love that withstand everything. Inspiring and delightful.
Happy Reading xo
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