The Cottage Next Door: The Beach House #3.5 by Georgia Bockoven with Excerpt

The Cottage Next Door: The Beach House #3.5 by Georgia Bockoven with Excerpt

Welcome to my review with an excerpt for the latest installment in The Beach House series by Georgia Bockoven. Please be sure to read on for the excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Two (2) digital downloads of THE COTTAGE NEXT DOOR.

The Cottage Next Door

The first I have read in this series, I now need to do some “catch up’ reading to delve back into this world created by Bockoven.  While this story mentions many chraacers that I assume are from earlier books in the series, this book truly is all about Diana and Michael, and is delightful from that aspect.

Diana had a series of terrible events where she lost her job, her best friend, her fiancé and her home, and is understandably reeling from the upheaval.  A new beginning is really in order, and Diana takes a chance to reach for one. Leaving Kansas, she heads west to California with plans to stay in her cousin’s beach house as she decides what her next step would be.

Diana arrives to start over and nearly instantly bumps into her neighbor, Michael.  Of course, she’s sworn off all men since her cheating fiancé, but she can’t stop thinking about him. Michael didn’t expect to find a connection with the neighbor, and to find out she is his new employee only adds more resolve to his “not looking for commitment’ pledge.  But, there’s something about Diana that he cannot ignore. He’s also worried for her safety, as his store was the site of a crime, and even if he doesn’t make one move, he wants her to feel and be safe after all the changes in her life.

The start of this book was a little full of detail and took some concentration, but soon the characters of Diana and Michael and their relationship took over, and the sweetness of this story: full of potential, hope and magical connections transports you to their world.  Bockoven uses description and setting to give the readers a fully realized sense of place and character, and both Diana and Michael are easy to relate to and enjoy. Most importantly, they are so well-suited to one another, and their newly developing relationship feels possible and plausible in all the best ways.  A lovely novella that has certainly added the earlier titles in the Beach House series to my ever-growing to-be-read pile.

The Cottage Next Door: The Beach House #3.5 by Georgia Bockoven with Excerpt

Title: The Cottage Next Door
Author: Georgia Bockoven
Series: The Beach House #3.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: William Morrow Impulse
ISBN: 0062389874
Published on: 14 July 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 144
Rated: four-stars
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What should have been the best day in Diana Wagnor’s twenty-nine years easily turns into the worst when her job is downsized, she discovers her fiancé in bed with her best friend, and watches her cherished grandmother’s house burn to the ground.

Clearly it’s time to start over and get out of Topeka, Kansas, where she’s spent her whole life. But what should she do? And how does she ever trust herself in another relationship when her one indisputable skill seems to be picking the wrong man?

Diana finds her answers at the cottage next door to the beach house with the help of a tall, sculptured, soft-spoken Californian, and a heart-shaped piece of sea glass.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt


There was no way to know the tiny heart-shaped fragment of translucent green beach glass that washed up on the shore seventy-five years ago brought a touch of magic with it. The young woman who found it had gone to the beach that morning to decide whether her life was worth living alone. She’d lost the only man she’d ever loved in a nameless battle, on a nameless island, three days before the war in the Pacific officially ended.

She didn’t feel the magic right away, just a comforting sense of peace that grew to acceptance, and finally hope. The sea glass resided in the pocket of whatever pants or jackets she wore while she stayed at the cottage, a talisman she clasped when her loss threatened to return and overwhelm her. When the principal at the school where she taught fifth grade called to gently remind her that there was an upcoming mandatory staff meeting to get ready for the first day of school, she reluctantly started packing.

Distracted, she didn’t notice when the sea glass slipped from her pocket, nor did she feel it under her foot when she moved her suitcases out of the bedroom and into the enclosed back porch. She might have noticed a flash of color reflected in the sunlight when she made one more quick pass through the cottage—if only she hadn’t stepped on the tiny heart again, this time tilting it on edge and forcing it between two six-inch wide pieces of rustic flooring.

She left the cottage through the back porch, stopping to look out the wall of windows that gave an unimpeded view of the cove. Something had drawn her to this room for a last good-bye, settling a sense of contentment over her as gently as one of her grandmother’s silk knit shawls.

The taxi appeared ten minutes early, the driver giving two quick honks to announce his arrival. She led him to the back porch, standing to the side while he picked up three of her four suitcases. As she reached for the last bag the sun cut through the morning fog, and for an instant, out of the corner of her eye, she saw a burst of blue light. It was gone as quickly as it had appeared. Had it not been her final day, had she not been in a hurry to get to the bus depot, had the taxi driver arrived on time rather than early, she would have investigated.

Instead she forgot all about the strange blue light until she was on the Greyhound bus to Arizona, and thought to look for the glass heart in her pocket. It wasn’t there. She checked her other pockets, desperately hoping she’d absentmindedly put it in one of them. But even as she looked, a voice whispered in her ear—It’s gone, leave it be.



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About Georgia Bockoven

Georgia Bockoven is an award-winning author who began writing fiction after a successful career as a freelance journalist and photographer. Her books have sold more than three million copies worldwide. The mother of two, she resides in northern California with her husband, John.

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