Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: The Cottage at Glass Beach

The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri

  • Hardcover: 320 pages

  • Publisher: Harper (May 15, 2012)

  • Goodreads Description:

    Married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts state history, Nora Cunningham is a picture-perfect political wife and a doting mother. But her carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she, along with the rest of the world, learns of the infidelity of her husband, Malcolm.

    Humiliated and hounded by the press, Nora packs up her daughters--Annie, seven; and Ella, twelve--and takes refuge on Burke's Island, a craggy spit of land off the coast of Maine. Settled by Irish immigrants, the island is a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides.

    Nora spent her first five years on the island but has not been back to the remote community for decades--not since that long ago summer when her mother disappeared at sea. One night while sitting alone on Glass Beach below the cottage where she spent her childhood, Nora succumbs to grief, her tears flowing into the ocean. Days later she finds an enigmatic fisherman named Owen Kavanagh shipwrecked on the rocks nearby. Is he, as her aunt's friend Polly suggests, a selkie--a mythical being of island legend--summoned by her heartbreak, or simply someone who, like Nora, is trying to find his way in the wake of his own personal struggles?

    Just as she begins to regain her balance, her daughters embark on a reckless odyssey of their own--a journey that will force Nora to find the courage to chart her own course and finally face the truth about her marriage, her mother, and her long-buried past.


    When I started  reading this book, I didn't realize that there were elements of fantasy in it. That's not a genre I usually read. I felt it was a little slow and parts of the story were not believable to me....guess that's why they call it fantasy huh?  Ha!
    I was unable to  get invested in the characters although they did have potential.
    I liked the whole beachy, cottagey (I know that's not a real word but I like it) setting but I didn't get enough of it. I want to hear the surf,  smell the salt and feel the sand between my toes. For me, the story ended just as it finally got going.


    1 comment:

    1. I'm not a fan of fantasy either, glad I read your review.