The Cottage on Rose Lane by Hope Ramsay

What’s up Romancers? I feel like it has definitely been a while since I’ve read a more cozy romance and I needed to rectify that because honestly the cozy romances is where my love of romance began. I had to have The Cottage on Rose Lane when I saw it, and wasn’t disappointed.

 

The Cottage on Rose Lane by Hope Ramsay

Published December 4, 2018 by Forever

My Rating 4/5 Stars

Audiobook Narrator: Amanda Dolan

 

Synopsis:

Jenna Fossey’s life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor.

Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea – at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her – especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he’s come to think of as his own?

 

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My Thoughts:

I really love when you pick up a novel not knowing what to expect and you find that thing within the pages that really blows you away. For me, in The Cottage on Rose Lane, the thing, that blew me away was the location with its culture and history. This romance takes place in the Deep South, on the South Carolina coast. A place with beautiful waterways and rich with history, and plenty of history being stripped away with the booming coastal resort and golf industry that’s taking over.  I really admired the way the author handled all of the historical aspects she incorporated into the story. With being a white female author, writing a story that shed light on a part of African American history I was ignorant to due to not being from that part of the country, it felt very natural and respectful.  I found myself down a rabbit hole for a straight hour researching as much as I could about the Gullah Geechee culture she writes into the romance. We can’t let our history slip away!

I am not the biggest fan of plot lines where there is a secret. My anxiety just can’t always handle it and Jenna has found her way to Magnolia Harbor with the secret of: one of the town’s prominent figures is her dead father’s brother, she’s inherited money from her Grandfather but none of the family has ever met her. It drove me crazy at times. Usually at least halfway through the book the secret will come out, and Jenna does confess to her love interest Jude, but it was still the big elephant in the room up until the last few chapters. I have to give it to the author, the secret aspect definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat, but it took me a while to get into it. During the entire book, Jenna is getting to know the townspeople, and her family, under a fake name, fake identity and has to sit idly by chatting with her aunt as if the family’s hate for her doesn’t matter. Even the love interest thought she was Magnolia Harbor for something totally different for a few chapters and didn’t trust her.

I liked that Jude and Jenna’s romance is an interracial romance. Both are people dealing with abandonment issues and really, so many odds are stacked against them but it works. Their love story did take me a little while to find believable but once I did, I was hooked. Ramsay really found a way to make everything complicated without feeling overly complicated. 

I’m not sure if this is the start to a new series or not, but there are a few storylines I’d like to see more from. I also wouldn’t mind exploring the slight bit of paranormal activity we see in the book. I thought it added a fun twist to the story, and I mean, you can’t really have a story set in the Deep South without a few haunts. 

Overall, I thought this was a nice re-introduction back into the world of cozy romances which I have missed so much. Aside from the history, the other part of this romance I enjoyed, was the fact that the love interest was a man of color. I loved the descriptions of his beautiful brown skin, his pretty eyes and his curly hair. It was refreshing to see a black man, in a cozy romance, as the hero.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friend. We have made it to another Sunday, and I’m so grateful. This past week was one of those weeks I couldn’t wait to end. Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice, and let’s catch up.

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There has been a murder at the hands of a military member that has really been on everyone’s hearts here in San Antonio. An Air Force officer has been arrested for the disappearance of his wife. Our unit along with hundreds of volunteers have been assisting the local law enforcement in attempting to locate her. I didn’t even know this woman, but I want her found. I want her laid to rest like she deserves to be, not somewhere laying in a ditch possibly, in the elements. It is sad. Especially when our unit was tasked with going out to one of the locations we know he went to after her disappearance, it just made it even more real. 

Sometimes I find being in the military, and the person that serving kind of molds you into, at complete odds with the person I am becoming. I had a situation this past week where I allowed one of the shifts I’m in charge of completely pull me out of character. I lost it, then spent most of the night tossing and turning, upset with myself for allowing them to get me so worked up. Don’t disturb this groove. I need to chill. I feel like I spend more energy getting worked up than I would if I remained cool, calm and collected.

In the whee hours of Monday morning, about 5:30, I was on my way to work and stopped at the gas station. Right place, right time. The gas station had the radio on a classic rock station and I became acquainted with a new favorite song: Love Bites by Def Leppard. If asked what I’ve been obsessed with lately, that’s it. That was all I listened to for two days straight. Shoutout to early morning gas station runs! You never know what song you’ll leave with stuck in your head.

Reading wise, I finished one of my picks for March Mystery Madness..

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 A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley was a fun read. I love cozies surrounding books. In this one, the main character is a writing apprentice for her life long favorite suspense author. Shortly after meeting, the two find a dead body outside of the author’s Victorian home. I loved that the author incorporated quotes from the book the character’s are working on at the beginning of each chapter. Kind of a story within the story. There is also a blooming romance that I would like to see more of, so I’ll definitely be continuing on with the series.

I was also in the mood for another Candace Osmond, but not quite ready to continue on with the trilogy of hers I have been procrastinating on finishing.

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A Stolen Heart is very, very short. It’s less than 50 pages, but being that it’s book one in Osmond’s The Wayward Witches series, it did a fantastic job of being the first book. It introduced me to the leading characters and gave me a bit of background for each one and I’m intrigued to see where the next story picks up after getting a glimpse into what Lenora is trying to do.

Candace Osmond is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine. I want more from her, now!

On Instagram this week:

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I received this review copy of The Cliff House by Raeanne Thayne thanks to Little Bird Publicity. In the post I wanted to know how you incorporate reading into your busy work week. I have found that my reading, especially of physical books, slows down tremendously throughout the week, leaving me to play catch up on the weekend. If you have any advice, let me know. I have set a challenge for myself to read 30 minutes every night in the month of March after 8 p.m.

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I’ve done a full review of Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid back in October when I read it on Netgalley, but it is here, and I am so happy to have a physical copy of my own. I have noticed it’s getting plenty of mixed reviews, but I am a total Stan for this book.

Share with me what’s been up with you. How is your reading going so far this month? Anything great that you’d recommend?

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