The Guest Cottage

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300 Ratings

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 07-17-15

Divorced mother moves on

The performance was really good. The story was not so good. A divorced mother moves on immediately. Everything wraps up nicely and everyone is perfectly happy with a broken family. Realistic? I think not. To think divorce is so seamless is quite a tall tale.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on 07-08-15

Excellent

The Guest Cottage is a wonderful book, and was narrated exceptionally well. Highly recommend if you are looking for something light hearted and fun!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Danae on 05-19-15

Narration was So so

Interesting but just a simple sweet love story. Nothing that really grabbed me and couldn't quit listening. The narrator was quit boring through most of the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By PJ on 07-17-16

Great summer read!

Easy happy and full of Nantucket. Loved it. A few twists but love a happy ending in this sad world

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By W. Haney on 05-07-16

A good summer listen

Enjoyed the main characters and this was an easy listen. Kept me interested though I times I thought "wow, she's really being dumb," but that's of course because I knew what was going on for the other guy. Good listen or read when you don't want to have to think too much.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Maura on 09-24-15

Not the lovely beach book I had hoped for

I love beach books. I love a happy ending. I like romance. I did not like The Guest Cottage.

First, the performance: the narrator sounded like a woman in her late 50's to mid-60's, narrating the voice of a 36 year old. And just about every female character's dialogue was read in a whiny, plaintive, overly dramatic tone that made me root against them just because it was so grating.

More importantly, though, I can suspend disbelief in a story where accidental housemates of 2 months fall in love. But I can't entirely suspend morality and a sense of basic human decency. I'm as liberal as they come, but it's not really cool to have a character LITERALLY shrug and wave away the mention that she is still married when she announces she's marrying someone else.

The kids' blithely happy reaction to their father's infidelity and an impending divorce is equal parts improbable and disturbing, so neither of them were plausible characters.

The widower with a heart of gold and his tantrumy preschooler were the only halfway believable characters, but it boggles the mind that a completely un-self-aware emotional dunce with no conscience like the main character would be giving a devoted dad of 4 years useful parenting tips.

I finished it because I'm stubborn and I paid for it. I did huge a book by its cover, and it was as much of a mistake as the adage warns.

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