Grace has always been best friends with Ella and Flick. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time.
When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband.
Then Flick arrives; lovable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.
This is going to be week that will change all their lives for ever . .
I have a confession to make, this is the first book I've read by Carole Matthews, and I'm annoyed that I've not discovered her wonderful books sooner.
'A Cottage by the Sea' tells the story of five friends and their trip to Ella's cottage.
Grace and husband Harry have travelled from London to see the cottage that captured Ella's heart as a child. Grace is also hoping the holiday will help fix their marriage.
Ella is excited to show off the cottage that makes her feel close to her parents and spend time with her friends and partner Art.
Flick isn't looking forward to spending a week without technology, even if it is with her best friends.
Five friends, one week and a newcomer in the form of Noah.
Secrets will be revealed, people will be tested and everyone of their lives is about to change.
Inside the beautiful cover is a beautiful story.
With characters you would want to call friends, and a storyline that deals with some tough issues 'A Cottage by the Sea' really is a book to get lost in.
And there is no better place to get lost than by the beach.
I found myself divided by the characters, Grace and Ella have an amazing friendship and I found myself instantly liking them.
Ella was my favourite, her description is of someone small and dainty but yet so strong. She's dealt with so much but still seemed so intuitive towards her friends feelings.
Now on to the man main of the story (in my opinion) Noah, a real gentleman who brings out some wonderful qualities in a few of the others.
Noah could easily have shown, Art and Harry a thing or two.
They were so wrapped up in their views on life, they forgot to ask what their partners wanted.
Flick at times came across on the same wavelength as Art and Harry but even to the very end I still felt as though Flick was misunderstood and craving what other's had.
It's a wonderful read that kept me enthralled for hours, I would highly recommend 'A Cottage by the Sea' and whilst your reading that I'm off to buy all the Carole Matthews books I've missed out on!