Jane Linfoot (a perennial favorite) returns to the blog today with a story of hope, growth and healing in
Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea
At thirty-two, Edie Browne has her life moving in new directions. After ending her relationship with her long-term partner, she and her best friend are leaping out of a plane to ‘start a new beginning’. And just days later after a wonderful jump, she had a stroke. Months of intensive therapy, having to learn to walk, talk, read and write again, she’s determined to just move back into her job with a high-end developer of upscale apartments. But, with all of her health challenges, she’s got a long road to travel: especially as she can’t test for her driving license, has short-term memory issues and is still struggling with her words. With an opportunity opening up at her aunt’s cottage on the Cornwall coast, as she wants to refurbish and sell after her husband’s death, Edie is off to help out her aunt.
Former dancer Josephine was always part of the “successful” end of Edie’s family. Her mother’s sister, Edie and her sister used to be enchanted by her ‘posh’ home, the mounds of fancy scent on her dressing table, and felt as if they had entered another world when visiting. Harry’s final big dreams was to have a cottage in Cornwall that overlooked the sea. Periwinkle Cottage was up for sale at that time and they dove in. Beautifully situated, the exterior is gorgeous while the interior resembles a Victorian jungle house – bold paper, clashing colors, and generally feeling tired as Josephine has been mired in her own grief and depression since Harry’s death. Bringing Edie in, although the main fare on the television is old ballet films, the combination of Jo’s wanting to help Edie recover and regain her life will contrast nicely with Edie’s outgoing personality and ability and flair for design.
When you add in Edie’s slow progress, Jo’s patient tutelage, the addition of the little boy Cam and his guardian Guy Barnaby (usually referred to as Barney, or “the window cleaner” by Aunt Jo, the story provides plenty of laughter, gives a more ‘adult’ perspective in the struggles to learn how to read, write and remember. Edie is just a marvelous character, and determined to push Aunt Jo into the social life of the town as slowly but surely, they work on redecorating the house. From calligraphy classes to life drawing, sewing and getting to know their neighbors, it comes clear to her that the people in the little town are accepting, warm and always willing to share a smile, tears, a laugh or a good time. Messing with her OCD tendencies as every activity is more spontaneous than she would like, Edie finds that often letting go and not worrying about what she’s lost but simply getting on with the task comes with all sorts of unexpected bonuses and soon she’s having the time of her life. One wholly unexpected. Linfoot does what I always want in a book, in a totally new and different way. Edie’s not wanting for your sympathy, nor does she need it, as her new life has opened her to experiences and love, as well as a sense of ‘home’ that we all dream about.
Title: Edie Browne's Cottage by the Sea
Author: Jane Linfoot
Genre: British, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Holiday Themed, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Harper Impulse
Published on: 24 May, 2019
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Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.
But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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