A daughter’s gift of time, a father’s silent wish.
Erin Bryce and her best friend, Sharlene, count the day they start their wedding planning business as a very happy day. So much so that they name their company The Happiest Day to reflect the fulfillment of their long-held dream as well as their clients’ longing for a wedding celebration to match the exhilaration of being in love. As a bonus, the two women utilize their business to help Erin’s son Jordan and his fiancée, Sierra, plan a grand wedding.
But the two friends aren’t prepared for the cloud moving in to cover the sunny, successful start of their business. Erin’s father, who lives in a small coastal Oregon community with his brusque, downright odd second wife, Delores, develops a medical problem that puts him in the hospital. Erin responds by rushing from Southern California to her father’s—and oh, yeah, Delores’s—cottage by the sea.
What greets Erin when she arrives sends her tumbling down a bewildering path to a different kind of happiest day. Her journey tosses her through highs and lows of hurt and healing, betrayal and renewal, wrong assumptions righted, and the brightest future one could ever hope for. All just around the corner, at the cottage by the sea.
Cottage by the Sea by Robin Jones Gunn is a great story filled with hope, healing, forgiveness and more. I was quickly whisked away into the story and found myself finishing it within the day. It is a short book at around 250 pages, but that is not a bad thing since the story is so good and powerful. Erin is a great character that faces a lot and has to make some hard decisions and learns how to balance it all. I had never read anything from Robin Jones Gunn but I know I want to read more now. She is truly a talented and blessed storyteller. I would recommend this book to any who who enjoys Christian Contemporary fiction.