Quick Book Review: The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
June 12, 2012 12 Comments
This book is a good read for the summer. There is a great sense of place: a remote island in Maine where the protagonist, Nora, spends the summer with her two young daughters.
Nora is the wife of an attorney general in Massachusetts but a public scandal (her husband having an affair) makes her take her two daughters of 12 and 7 and return to Burke’s Island in Maine where she lived when she was very young. Her aunt still lives there and Nora learns things she never knew about her past. Her father and she moved away when she was five after her mother went missing.
There are secrets to be discovered and magical beings seem to appear on the island. Daughter Annie befriends a boy who seems to live there but her great-aunt doesn’t know him, a shipwrecked man is washed ashore – are these real people?
Nora must decide whether she wants to continue her marriage. Her island retreat makes her slowly realise what she really wants.
I loved this book for the atmosphere: the sea, the freedom, the house with family secrets, a long-lost aunt. The story itself was a little weak every now and then and the ending isn’t quite as satisfactory as it could be.
But the book is well-written and the supernatural element adds a nice contrast to the physical presence of the sea and the rocks of the island.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of pages: 320
First published: 2012 (May)
I got this book: for review from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins
Genre: contemporary fiction
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