Audiobook, Contemporary Romance

The House on the Beach by Linda Barrett

The House on the Beach

Laura McCloud, a narrator and voice over artist, has just lost her mother on the heels of her own battle with breast cancer and being dumped by her boyfriend because he couldn’t handle her illness. Needing a restorative period, she looks to Pilgrim Cove, her family’s annual vacation venue by the ocean, only a ferry ride from her Boston home. She’s leased the Sea View House by the island’s real estate caretaker who recognizes her need of the special gifts the house seems to offer its temporary residents. Matt Parker, one of the islanders and a single father of two young boys, lost his own wife four years ago. He remembers Laura from their teenage years and his old interest reignites. But, both are reluctant to enter into a relationship for very different reasons as he has no idea of Laura’s medical history.

I was drawn to this series because of the essence of Pilgrim Cove, its small town charm having so much appeal. On the surface this seemed to be just a sweet story but turned out to be so much more, which is typical of communities of this size. Both of Matt’s children have lingering problems from losing their mother. There are other issues he and others are managing, adding so much texture to the story. His developing relationship with Laura is certainly the main focus but is embedded in the dynamics of the town. A highlight is the group referred to as the ROMEOs…retired old men eating out…who meet daily at the town’s diner. It’s their mission to help take care of the community where needs arise. Also, the realities faced by cancer survivors are portrayed authentically and with pragmatism. It was a learning opportunity.

I loved the story and am glad I opted for the audio version as the narrator captured the personalities of the central characters and the spirit of the town so nicely. I felt as if I was transported to Pilgrim Cove and became invested in the outcomes. It was a lovely reading experience and I’m anxious to return to this little town by the ocean.

Book Info

  • Release Date: December 8, 2018
  • Series: Pilgrim Cove #1
  • Narrator: Coleen Arlo
  • Audio Length: 6 hours, 20 minutes


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(I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)

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